Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said he shared his proposal to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for a two-week shutdown due to a rise in Covid-19 cases.
Asked if he had spoken with Abbott about the request, he said, "I have not talked to the governor personally. I do know that he is aware of the request that I have made."
Turner said the numbers of Covid-19 cases are getting "larger and larger."
"I do think we are going to need to shut down for a period of time. I am proposing two weeks, or at the very minimum, to return to phase one," he said.
Turner emphasized the importance of getting control of the virus this month.
"We need to reset, especially in light of the fact that next month, you know, kids, we are talking about returning to school," he said.
Houston reported 1,544 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 30,965 cases, with 277 deaths in the state.