The city of Houston, Texas could furlough all of its employees except for police and firefighters, Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a news conference on Tuesday.
The furloughs are likely to take place to make up for a $200 million budget shortfall and would likely start on July 1, Turner said.
"All subject to the budget being approved by the city council. And then we will see whether or not between now and then, Congress provides us with any additional flexibility on the dollars that have already been provided through the federal CARES Act, which could help to minimize those furloughs," he added.
Turner reiterated that the city is looking at the possibility of utilizing some of those dollars to prevent furlough in some categories.
Some background: Late last month, Turner said Houston was facing a budgetary shortfall due to the coronavirus, and it was "the worst in the city's history."
He said both reopening the economy and extending the stay-at-home order is in the hands of Gov. Greg Abbott.
On Tuesday, Abbott announced that certain business sectors would be allowed to reopen in the coming weeks, albeit with restrictions.