Victoria Chamber of Commerce calls for mask policies

VICTORIA, Texas — On Wednesday, the Victoria Chamber of Commerce unanimously passed a resolution strongly urging local businesses to establish and enforce mask policies.

While the resolution is non-binding, Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jeff Lyon warned of more drastic measures should business owners fail to do their part.

“If we’re going to avoid a shutdown, we have to wear the mask. We have to practice social distancing,” said Lyon. “It’s the only way we’re going to get through this.”

The resolution comes amid a dramatic coronavirus spike in Victoria County, where the total number of active cases has risen from 15 on June 2nd to 188 as of Wednesday evening — a 1153% increase.

“We definitely don’t want to go to a stay at home or any kind of shutdown in the state or the city, but we want to make sure everyone understands this is a health issue,” said Lyon. “Not a political issue, but a health issue.”

The Chamber of Commerce is not alone with taking action to combat the recent surge, as on Thursday Governor Abbott temporarily paused the state’s reopening process. The Governor also suspended all elective surgeries in major metro areas in an effort to free up hospital space in those cities.