Terry Lynn Wright, 65, of Grants Pass, Josephine County, Oregon, United States entered the Office Depot in Texas City, Galveston County, Texas, USA without a face mask on March 17, 2021. She was arrested after refusing to cover her nose and mouth to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).
It was not the first time Wright was arrested in Galveston County for the same reason. At around 12:30 p.m. on March 11, 2021, she entered a Bank of America on Central City Boulevard in Galveston, Galveston County without a face mask.
Wright refused to follow the bank’s face mask policy so the manager called police. An officer from the Galveston Police Department arrived and asked her to either wear a mask while inside or leave the bank.
Standing in the middle of the bank’s lobby, Wright was surrounded by customers who were all wearing masks. She also refused to comply to the officer’s order.
After a struggle with the officer, Wright suffered minor injuries. She was later treated at a University of Texas Medical Branch hospital, according to The Daily News.
On March 12, 2021, a warrant was issued for Wright’s arrest. She was charged with resisting arrest and criminal trespassing and her bond was set at $3,000.
After the incident in the Office Depot, Wright was taken into custody without incident but she will not face additional charges, Texas City Police Department spokesman Corporal Allen Bjerke told KTLA5. She was held in the Galveston County Jail.
On March 10, 2021, current and 48th Texas governor Greg Abbott, 63, ended the statewide mask mandate in his state. It is now up to businesses to decide which COVID-19 precautions to take on their properties and many businesses decided to keep their mask requirements.
“Too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities,” KSAT quoted Abbott as saying. “Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills. This must end. It is now time to open Texas 100 percent.”