Watch Live: Waco and McLennan County leaders give an update on COVID-19 cases

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McLennan County and Waco leaders are discussing the rise in COVID-19 cases and the need for people to wear face coverings during a meeting that starts at 1:30 p.m.

The City of Waco adopted the emergency order after a surge in coronavirus cases. It was extended Tuesday until July 7th.

“Many people are acting like COVID-19 is over, and it’s not more over than it was back in March,” said Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver.

In Waco, the number of deaths have climbed to five.

“It’s the rapid rise that got me concerned,” Deaver said.

The city says face coverings do not have to be worn when exercising, operating outdoor equipment or driving alone. Churches are also not required to abide by the order.

However, businesses owners may be fined up to $1,000 if they do not require customers to wear masks.

“I hate the fact that we’re putting this on businesses that are the same businesses that had to endure shutdowns, so they’re already struggling,” Deaver added.

After Waco announced its order, Hewitt and Woodway decided to follow suit.

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