Why is the City not requiring that masks be worn on city property?

After examining the current environment and statistics regarding new cases, hospitalizations, and immunizations, the Coppell City Council decided to lift the mask mandate in City facilities. According to data from Dallas County, approximately 61% of residents in the 75019 zip code have received a COVID-19 vaccination. While this data includes residents of Cypress Waters, which is located in the City of Dallas, Coppell’s central location has allowed many residents to receive vaccinations from neighboring counties. 

In addition to residential vaccination information, the Council considered City of Coppell employee vaccination data when making their decision. According to City Manager Mike Land, approximately 71% of City staff have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Further, the CDC has released guidance indicating that it is safe for fully vaccinated people to go without a mask both indoors and outside. In a White House briefing, the director of the CDC, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, stated that "anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities -- large or small -- without wearing a mask or physical distancing."

The City continues to encourage visitors to be respectful of other patrons. Stringent cleaning procedures and processes to encourage social distancing remain in place at city facilities. Many facilities have been retrofitted with protective barriers to decrease direct contact, and the City has invested in UV air purification technology at Town Center, Coppell Arts Center, and the Service Center. The City will continue to offer virtual and contactless programs, and many services are available online.

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1. Why is the City not requiring that masks be worn on city property?
2. How is the City able to require masks in City facilities? / Doesn’t Governor Abbott’s Executive Order say that masks aren’t required?
3. Why didn’t the City Council vote on whether or not to reinstate the mask mandate in City facilities?
4. Was the decision to mandate masks in City facilities made by City Council in a closed session?
5. Will City employees be required to wear masks?