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Pursuant to §418.108(a) of the Texas Government Code A, a mayor or county judge can declare a local state of disaster and public health emergency.
Highlights of the Declaration:
Limits the size of all social gatherings to no more than ten (10) people and mandates the cancellation of all such social gatherings with more than ten (10) people.
The use of the public eating and drinking areas and facilities at restaurants, bars retail eating establishments and food courts and visiting gyms or massage parlors is prohibited; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup or delivery services of restaurants, retail eating establishments and food courts food courts is permitted and highly encouraged during the term of this Declaration.
the limitation on the size of social gatherings applies to any event that brings together, or is likely to bring together, ten (10) or more persons at the same time in a single room or other single confined or enclosed space, such as, and without limitation, any auditorium, theatre, stadium (indoor or outdoor), arena or event center, meeting hall, Plainview Civic Center, conference center, cafeteria, or any other confined indoor or outdoor space; provided, however, it does not apply to the following:
(a) public or private schools;
(b) licensed day care facilities
(c) weddings and funerals;
(d) museums (so long as visitors are generally not within arm’s length of one another for extended periods);
(e) spaces where 10 or more persons may be in transit or waiting for transit, such as bus stops;
(f) office space, hotels, or residential buildings;
(g) grocery stores, shopping malls, outdoor markets, or other retail establishments where large numbers of people are present but where it is unusual for them to be within arm’s length of one another for extended periods;
(h) hospitals, medical facilities, and shelters; and
(i) jails and detention centers.
The limitation on the size of social gatherings does not apply to places of worship but all such places of worship are highly encouraged to voluntarily comply with the limitations provided in this Declaration.
These declarations also put into action the city’s emergency management plan and opens the possibility of reimbursement by the federal and state governments.
“The City is taking steps to ensure the safety and well-being of our citizens,” said Mayor Wendell Dunlap. “We are grateful for our partnership with the County and their commitment to safety as well. We appreciate citizens patience as we navigate this ever-changing situation.”
“This declaration is necessary to activate our response system, it is not a cause for panic,” said Hale County Judge David Mull. “We are working with all local entities to ensure we doing everything we can to ensure the health of our community.”
CIty of Plainview Disaster Declaration