With COVID-19 spiking in the Permian Basin and all over the country, Midland City Council will discuss a citywide mask mandate.

According to NewsWest 9, mayor Patrick Payton and County Judge Terry Johnson are reversing course after saying last week that the governor's mask mandate cannot and will not be enforced.

Now with cases at the worst point in the pandemic, a mask mandate is on the agenda for Tuesday's city council meeting.

A maximum penalty of $500 could be issued to buildings open to the public for failure to enforce the ordinance.

Midland and Ector County COVID-19 cases are currently at a positivity rate of 30% and 35%, respectively.