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County Judge Issues Amended Emergency Order

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COUNTY JUDGE
JACQUES  L. BLANCHETTE

 

I, Jacques L. Bla nchet t e, duly elected Judge of Tyler County, based on most recent information received from Federal and State authorit ies, Emergency Management personnel,  and Public Health experts issue this ORDER REGARDING THE OCCUPANCY OF PREMISES THROUGHOUT TYLER COUNTY, TEXAS, INCLUDING  M UNICIPA LITIES:

Under the authorit y granted to me by Chapter 418, Texas Government Code, a Disaster Declaration has been issued effective March 19, 2020. Addit iona lly , pursuant to Section 418.108(d) (g), TexasGovernment Code, I hereby issue the following orders in accordance with guidelines issued by theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the President of the Unit ed States.

Events and Gatherings

  1. 1.Anyevent sponsored or permitted by Tyler County shall cease.
  2. 2.Public and private events and gatherings  of greater  than 10 persons  shallcease.
  3. 3.Cit iz ens gathering in groups of any size should practice social distancing of at least six feet apart and good hand hygiene.

Businesses/ Restaurants

  1. 1.Rest aurant s shallclose for dine-in services but may use delivery and t ake -out opt ions. Bars shall close.  Owners  and managers  shall in sure that all cooks and food handlers  are screened  for  illness prior  to  preparing food for sale.
  2. 2.Grocery and convenience stores are encou raged to remain open but citizens are urged to used curbside services to  the  greatest  extentpossible.

Nursing Homes/ Care Facilities

https://www.tylercountybooster.com/f9beed82-943c-4518-9506-99ea4a75e783" width="73" height="13" />Nur sing homes and senior living centers shall limit visitation of the public within their facilit ies.

Curfew

It is hereby ORDERED that a twenty-four (24) hour curfew shall be in place immediately throughout Tyler County for all individuals under the age of 18 who are:

  1. a.not  inschool;
  2. b.not accompanied by school personnel, aparent or guardian; or
  3. c.not going directly to their place of employment or going directly home from that place employment.

School Districts /  Educational Programs

School districts will suspend on-site academic instruction for the period of this order and will implement home-based flexible education programs. This order will not prohibit the preparation and distribution of meals within County boundaries, nor prohibit the essential administrative and maintenance operations of the District.

While there may be more than 10 people within the larger school building, school districts will comply with the regulation that no more than 10 people gather within any self-contained  space, and all persons will comply with social- dist ancing . Citizens should contact their local school districts for more info rmat ion.

Price Controls/ Penalties

A person shall not sell any of the following goods or services for more than the price the person charged for the goods or services before March 12, 2020 :

  1. a.groceries,beverages, toilet articles, ice, cleaning items, et c.;
  2. b.construction and building materials and supplies, and earthmoving equipment and machinery;
  3. c.electricaland gas generating and transmission equipment, parts and accessories;
  4. d.charcoal briquettes, matches, candles, lamp illumination and heat unit carbides, dry batteries, light bulbs, flashlights, and handlanterns;
  5. e.hand tools (manual and power), hardware and household supplies, and equipmentrental;
  6. f.automotiveparts, supplies and accessories;
  7. g.plumbing and electrical tools andsupplies;
  8. h.apartment,duplex, multi-family dwelling, rooming house, hotel and motel rental;
  9. i.gasoline,diesel oil, motor oil, kerosene,, grease, and automotive lubricants;
  10. j.restaurant, cafeteria and boarding housemeals;
  11. k.services of roofing and building contractors, plumbers, electricians, mechanics, tree surgeons, and automobile wreckercompanies;
    1. I.medicine, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment andsupplies;
    2. m.blankets,quilts, bedspreads, bed liners, mattresses, bedsprings, bedsheets, bedsteads, towels, and toilet  paper;and
  12. n.furniture  andclothing.

These price control regulations shall have the effect of ordinances when duly filed with the County Clerk. Any person who violates any provision of these regulations, upon conviction, is punishable by a fine of not more than FIVE HUNDRED ($500.00) dollars.

 

Exemptions

By t his same authority, I hereby exempt the following classes of individuals from this Emergency Order ,PROVIDED that employers are providing appropriate screenings of their employees for COVID -19 as outlined bythe CDC, and sending those home who display such symptoms:

  1. 1.Those employees of hospitals, trauma cent ers, nursing homes, convalescent facilities or other healthcare providers who are essential for, and who are actively involved in providing medical treatment and/or housing for persons who are ill or infirm and who are not evacuated;
  2. 2.Those employees of Federal, St at e, and Local Governments, Political Subdivisions, and Special Purpose Districts who are deemed essential by their employer for law enforcement activities,  emergency  response  operat ions, and including jury operations;

This order does NOT extend to law enforcement act ivit ies, emergency response operat ions, court operat ions, including jury  operat ions, and to  the Tyler  County  Hospital District.

The Mayor of each City within Tyler County shall determine the scope of operations of municipal employees .

All Tyler County employees must report for work as required by t heir supervisors. All work­ related travel of County  employees  shall cease .

This order shall take effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 20, 2020, and shall remain in effect for 30 days, and may be extended as needed.

in accordance with Government Code Section 418I 08(h}after a declaration of local disasteby thCounty Judge, the jurisdiction  and authority of the County Judge includes the incorporated  and unincorporated areas of the County.  Under Government Code 418.173violat ions of thdeclaratioof disaster and orders may be punishablby a fine not to exceed $1,000 or impriso nment in the jail not to exceed 180 days.

 

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