The Fort Stockton City Council approved an agreement with the Quality Inn motel to set aside 20 rooms for possible use by the city to house first responders or Texas Department of Criminal Justice employees was have been ordered into quarantine due to testing positive for the COVID-19 virus.
The council, meeting in special session via a video conference on May 19, also decided to take no action on possible changes to Ordinance No. 20-107, which was Mayor Chris Alexander’s declaration of local disaster issued March 24 in response to the Corona-19 pandemic.
The motel plan comes with multiple layers of safety precautions, including hotel staff not servicing the room and barring a quarantined person from entering other parts of the hotel.
“If they (a TDCJ employee) wants to quarantine away from their family, this would be a spot,” Alexander said, explaining that it was strictly a voluntary option.
It was created after consultation with TDCJ leaders, according the City Manager Frank Rodriguez.