City curfew now 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.; here are the city and county emergency declarations

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The Fort Stockton City Council unanimously approved a 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew in the city at its March 24 regular meeting.

The council also approved Mayor Chris Alexander's “declaration of local state of disaster due to public health emergency.” Likewise, the Pecos County Commissioner's Court approved Judge Joe Shuster's declaration. The declarations grant certain emergency powers to both elected officials.

The actions came amid the constantly changing situations around the Coronavirus pandemic.

To date, there have been no confirmed cases of Coronavirus – or COVID-19 – in Pecos County.

At this time, there are no shelter-in-place orders within Pecos County.

Alexander quickly used his council-approved powers to change the original curfew start time from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. in response to request from some retailers.

Basically, if you are commuting to or from work, or the hospital, you are fine. Eligible businesses are permitted to be open during the curfew. Workers commuting to work, or who drive as part of their job, are not impacted. Otherwise, do not go out during the curfew.

City of Fort Stockton

In addition to the curfew, the city also addressed the following:

• The lobby of city hall will be opened from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday to Friday for senior citizens only. Otherwise, only the drive-thru is open. The curfew is now in effect.

• The public is urged to pay city-related bills online or by calling the city at (432) 336-8525.

• The recycling center is closed as the city determines safety measures for its workers as the Coronavirus is active on surfaces from one to three days.

• Gatherings are to be 10 or fewer people with social-distancing in place.

• Moved the May 2 city council election to the Nov. 3 general election, and extended the terms of the three council seats up for election to the Nov. 10 council meeting.

• Police have be trained and are ready to respond to a potential conflict with employees at local health providers and at local retailers.

• Closes bars, lounges, game rooms, salons, meeting spaces at hotels and motels like the lobby and breakfast area, tattoo parlors, gyms, outdoor plazas and markets, and in-person church services. Requires social distancing of six-feet at businesses that are open.

• Facilities that do not sell essential household goods are permitted to remain open as long as each practices social distancing and are exempt from the 10-person limit. These include convenience and package stores, pharmacies and drug stores, laundromats, day care facilities, medical facilities, veterinary facilities, auto stores and repair services, hardware/appliance stores and repair services, liquor stores, banks, livestock and pet stores, non-profit service providers, homeless and emergency shelters, office buildings, jails and essential government buildings, airports and transit facilities, residential building and hotel/motels, and manufacturing and distribution facilities.

• Day care businesses are exempted from the 10-person limit, but must adhere to six-feet of spacing between people.

• Requires the home quarantine of anyone living with or in contact with someone with the Coronavirus.

• Hotels, motels and RV parks within the city limits will remain open as many are providing long-term housing to workers in the energy industry, and for their needed service to travelers – including truck drivers making essential product deliveries.

• Parks will remain open; however, people are reminded that the six-foot social-distancing policy applies to recreational activity like walking, being on playground equipment of playing basketball.

• Gas stations and truck stops will also remain open.

Pecos County

• Each of the county's four precinct commissioners will make decisions specific to their precincts.

• Community halls, like the Pecos County Civic Center and Coliseum, and the community halls at Rooney Park, will not be available for rentals.

• County offices will be staffed, but will operate online or by phone.

• Parks will remain open; however, people are reminded that the six-foot social-distancing policy applies to recreational activity like walking, being on playground equipment of playing basketball.

• Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.

• Hotels, motels and RV parks within the city limits will remain open as many are providing long-term housing to workers in the energy industry, and for their needed service to travelers – including truck drivers making essential product deliveries.

• Closes bars, lounges, game rooms, salons, retailers not selling essential household goods, meeting spaces at hotels and motels like the lobby and breakfast area, tattoo parlors, gyms, outdoor plazas and markets, and in-person church services. Requires social distancing of six-feet at businesses that are open.

Both bodies also conducted regular business at their respective meetings.

Please see the declarations on the links below, or pick up a copy of the Thursday, March 26 print of e-edition of The Pioneer for more information. 

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