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Posted on: April 19, 2020

LOCAL DISASTER DECLARATION EXPANDED | 04/20/20 |

Important Titus County Update from Judge Brian Lee

TITUS COUNTY JUDGE BRIAN LEE TO AMEND THE DECLARATION OF LOCAL STATE OF DISASTER


While the number of COVID-19 positive cases in Titus County is low compared to other regions, they ARE increasing.  To slow the spread, Titus County Judge Brian Lee will amend the current Local State of Disaster Declaration for the county on Monday, April 20, 2020. The declaration covers all cities in Titus County.

The declaration includes additional measures, including new masking requirements. The goal is to achieve a decline in cases, which is required to get Titus County open and back to work.

The declaration takes effect 11:59 p.m., Monday, April 20, 2020. It will be in effect until at least April 30, but may be extended.

Make your own face mask graphic

Here are CDC recommendations on masks and a tutorial on how to make your own.

What is new in the declaration:

Masking requirements:


RETAIL & RESTAURANTS

  1.  All retail stores and all restaurants providing curbside or delivery services must require all employees to wear masks at all times while working.
  2. All retail stores and all restaurants providing curbside or delivery services must require customers to wear masks before entering the store and while shopping in the store.
  3. All retail stores must require all customers to sanitize their hands with alcohol-based sanitizer before entering the store.
  4. Retail stores include: grocery stores, super markets, warehouse stores, bodegas, liquor stores, convenience stores.

What is still included from previous declarations?


Travel – All travel in Titus is prohibited except for:

  • To and from work
  • Work related
  • Health and Safety related for self or other family member
  • For essential services

See list of Essential Services

Social Distancing

  • No gatherings of more than 10 people
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance at all times
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds frequently
  • Cover coughs and/or sneezes in sleeve or elbow
  • Regular cleaning/sanitizing of hi-touch surfaces
  • No shaking hands

City of Mount Pleasant closures until further notice:

  1. Civic Center
  2. Sports fields for practices and games
  3. Library –curbside pickup available (go www.mpcity.net for details)
  4. City Hall – staff are available by phone, email and appointment during normal business hours

Parks and trails ARE open, but follow social distancing

Business open to the Public Must Have a Written Plan and follow new masking requirements above

  • Maintain 6 feet, customers, employees inside and outside
  • Procedures for regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces
  • How they will enforce the plan
  • Copy of the plan, one page, posted front door or window
  • If no physical location, copy of plan with all employees
  • Available for immediate inspection by authorities

ALL retail including Grocery Stores, Warehouse, Big-Box, Convenience Stores

  • Include in plan how they will limit number of customers so as to meet
  • Distancing requirements and new masking requirements above

Religious Services

  • Allowed and encouraged
  • Must meet social distancing requirements of no more than 10 people gathered; and 6’ feet apart
  • Does not prohibit “drive-in” service; church lot, everyone in the car
  • Must also develop a written plan just like a business

Employers shall only allow employees with no symptoms to work (dry cough, shortness of breath, fever, etc). Stay home until symptom free

Order & Penalties


Anyone who knowingly violates is subject to $1000 or up to 180 day jail. Authorizes use of all lawfully available enforcement tools. Went into Effect at 12:01 A.M. Thursday, April 2, 2020, and amended April 20, 2020.

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