'Masks over citations’: Mayor Turner announces plans to distribute 200,000 face masks to public

HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the city’s plans Thursday to help distribute more than 200,000 face masks to members of vulnerable communities during his daily briefing on the coronavirus pandemic.

Turner started the conference with the current amount of coronavirus cases. He reported 71 new coronavirus cases as of Thursday, bringing the city total to 3,046. Turner said this is the fourth consecutive day that Houston has had no COVID-19 deaths, keeping the total to 34.

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Masks distribution

Turner launched a mask distribution campaign and well-known Houstonians will act as ambassadors — including Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa, Rapper Slim Thug, Olympian Simon Biles among others — to encourage residents to wear them.

Turner said instead of police officers giving out citations for non-compliance, the city will have them give out masks or face coverings.

“Masks over citations. We don’t give citations. We give masks,” Turner said. “If we run into someone without one, we will give them a mask.”

About 1,000 churches pledged a goal to produce 1 million masks to hand out in vulnerable and low-income communities, the mayor said.

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