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City and County extend their Declaration of Emergency

The City of Eagle Pass and Maverick County extended their Declaration of Emergency on Friday, March 20.

In different meetings both governmental entities extended their declarations that were set in place earlier this week.

As the community continues to deal with the Coronavirus Outbreak certain restrictions have been ordered and the community is urged to follow for everyone’s safety.

A declaration of emergency what does it mean to you.

As our community braces and is in the middle of the Coronavirus Outbreak, both local government agencies have declared a state of emergency.

With that being said, one must look at what that signifies for us, as citizens.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak we understand that it poses an imminent threat and there are guidelines and restrictions we all must follow.

The City of Eagle Pass and Maverick County are taking extraordinary measures to prevent the spread of this potentially devastating disease in our community.

This requires that certain emergency protective measures be taken Including the activation of the City of Eagle Pass, Texas and Maverick County Emergency Management Plans which authorizes the furnishing of aid and assistance under the declaration.

The Declaration of Emergency now authorizes, government officials to take any actions necessary to promote health and suppress the virus, including the quarantine of persons and occupied
structures, examining and regulating hospitals, regulating ingress and egress from the City,
regulating ingress and egress to occupied structures, establishment of quarantine stations, emergency hospitals, and other hospitals, and insuring compliance for those who do not comply with the City’s rules, pursuant to Section 122.006 of the Health and Safety Code.

The declaration also limits the size of gatherings to not more than 10 people in a confined or enclosed space, room, or area such as, by way of example and without limitation, an auditorium, theater, stadium (indoor or outdoor), event center, meeting hall, conference center, large cafeteria, or any other confined indoor or confined outdoor space
and mandates the cancellation of all such gatherings until further notice.

For purposes of clarity, a “gathering” does not include the following: public or private schools and places of worship; (in) hospitals, medical facilities and shelters, ()
grocery stores, restaurants, and other public food service locations, or other retail establishments where large numbers of people are present but it is unusual for them to be arms
length of one another for extended periods; and (iv) jails and detention centers in all such settings, where possible, it is recommended the public follow social distancing recommendations, and harm reduction measures such as hand sanitizer and tissues should be provided. However, any specific large gathering space that is part of any building included in this Section is subject to the prohibition of gatherings as outlined in Section 7. In all such settings, it is recommended that the public follow social distancing recommendations and harm reduction measures such as hand sanitizer and tissues should be provided when possible.

It is strongly encouraged and recommended that social
distancing protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
found online at https:/www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloacs/community-mitigation
strategy.pdf be followed, including cancelling, rescheduling, or not attending events with more than 10 people.

This declaration strongly encourages citizens to use drive through and pick up facilities at local restaurants and eateries in order to maintain the social distancing protocols currently established by the CDC and by order of the President of the United States.

In accordance with Texas Government Code 418.173, a person who knowingly or intentionally violates this declaration commits an offense, punishable by a fine up to $1,000.00 or confinement in Jail for a term that does not exceed 180 days.

The declarations of state of emergency shall take effect immediately.

Citizens are advised to:

If you have traveled to hot zones (in Texas, the US or out of Country) you need to Self Quarantine immediately.

If you present symptoms, DO NOT go to the ER or Dr. Office, call first and advise.

Practice Social Distancing and remember to stay at minimum 6 feet (1.83 m) from anyone else.

Wash your hands frequently and use Hand Sanitizer if needed.

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