As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Central Texas, Pflugerville officials held a virtual meeting to discuss mask policy.

The Aug. 18 special meeting came two days after a contentious special meeting of Pflugerville ISD, at which more than a dozen members of the public addressed the school board from both sides of the COVID-19 mask mandate issue.

During the Aug. 18 meeting, officials decided to require masks in all city facilities following an executive session that lasted roughly 90 minutes.

"I'd like to make sure that everyone understands that this is only about indoor facilities in the city of Pflugerville," Council Member David Rogers said. "This does not concern outdoor facilities."

Rogers said that while the mandate requires masks in city facilities, it will have a very limited impact on Pflugerville citizens.

Council Member Rudy Metayer added that a primary priority for the city has always been to protect its citizens.

"This virus is so insidious that we don't know what we carry. Even those who are vaccinated, we don't know what we have," Metayer said. "So what we're doing here with this resolution, is we're going ahead and listening to science."