Here’s a question for Texas mayors that will help us
communicate city needs to state leaders. We’ve passed Memorial Day and
are heading into summer. As a mayor, do you believe that Fourth of
July celebrations (e.g., parades, fireworks shows, etc.) should be allowed
with appropriate virus-prevention protocols?
This one is for mayors only: Please click on this link, select yes or no, and enter any
comments you might have.
What happened at the governor’s press conference from
Amarillo today (May 27)?
The governor joined Mayor Ginger Nelson from Amarillo to
report on the response to the city being a “hotspot,” largely due to meat
packing plants and nursing homes. Mayor Nelson praised the governor,
TDEM, and the federal government for responding to her call for help.
Remember that any mayor can email the governor’s office at Local.firstname.lastname@example.org
with questions or concerns about the virus.
Has the Secretary of State issued guidance for voters to use
at the upcoming July 14 election date?
Yes. Yesterday (May 26), the Secretary of State issued
“minimum recommended health protocols” for elections,
including a “suggestion” that:
“Voters who exhibit any…symptoms associated with COVID-19
when they arrive at a polling location may want to consider utilizing
curbside voting, to the extent they meet the eligibility requirements,
which is available at all polling locations. These voters should contact
their county election office with questions about the curbside voting
process in their county and the eligibility requirements.”
In addition, the suggestions include – among many other
things – the following:
-Voters should bring their own hand sanitizer to the polls.
-Upon entering a polling place, wash or disinfect hands.
Wash or disinfect hands after any interaction with election workers, poll
watchers, or other individuals at the polling place and after using voting
system equipment or marking a ballot.
-Voters should consider bringing their own marking
instruments such as a pen, pencil with eraser, or stylus to use when
checking-in to vote and for marking their ballot. Voters should contact
their county election office to determine what type of marking devices are
appropriate to use for the ballots in their county.
-Voters should bring their own hand sanitizer into the
polling location and should use hand sanitizer to disinfect their hands
after leaving the polling location.
-Consistent with the actions taken by many individuals
across the state, consider wearing cloth face coverings (over the nose and
mouth) when entering the polling place, or when within six feet of another
person who is not a member of the individual’s household. If available,
individuals should consider wearing non-medical grade face masks.
Where can I find archived issues of the TML Coronavirus
TML Coronavirus Updates are archived by date here and by subject here.