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May 27, 2020 TML Coronavirus Update #51

Posted on May 27, 2020 at 6:08 PM by TML Staff

Urgent Updates


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 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.


Further Updates


Where can I find archived issues of the TML Coronavirus Updates?


TML Coronavirus Updates are archived by date here and by subject here.