For Immediate Release
May 6, 2020
Contact: Felipe Romero
AMENDED CITY DECLARATION ALLOWS FOR RESTAURANTS, RETAIL STORES & SHOPPING MALLS TO WELCOME GUESTS WITHIN PREMISES AT UP TO 25% OCCUPANCY
Strict Social Distancing Guidelines Continue to Be in Place; Declaration Amended According to Governor Abbott’s Executive Order
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (May 6, 2020) —Mayor Trey Mendez has amended the Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency until at least Friday, May 15, including new provisions and guidance to allow restaurants, retail stores, and shopping malls to welcome guests inside premises at 25 percent of the total listed capacity.
As outlined in Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order GA-18, the newly amended declaration continues to strongly encourage delivery, pick up and take-out for retail and restaurants, so long as no more than 10 people congregate in the take-out area, and be at least 6 feet from each other. Downtown City metered parking will continue to be suspended in order to support delivery, pick up and takeout.
All establishments must conduct services in strict compliance with the terms required by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Only restaurants that have less than 51 percent of their gross sales receipts from alcoholic beverages are allowed to welcome people within premises. Valet services continue to be prohibited, expect for vehicles with placards or plates for disabled parking. The declaration also strongly recommends employees of such establishments to continue to wear gloves and facial covering.
Shopping mall food court dining areas, play areas, and interactive displays and settings must remain closed.
People over the age of 65 are strongly encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. In addition, occupants traveling in a vehicle with more than one person are strongly recommended to use facial coverings.
“We understand the social and economic impacts COVID-19 has brought on to our city, your families, and your businesses.,” Mayor Mendez said. “We can and we will do this together, safely. I encourage you to continue to shop local, get screened for testing if you have COVID-19 symptoms, and continue to wash your hands, wear facial coverings and maintain social distancing requirements.”
The following measures will continue to be in place through Friday, May 15, unless otherwise amended:
- Religious and worship services are strongly recommended to be provided by video and teleconference.
- All schools shall be temporarily closed to in-person classroom attendance by students.
- Child and adult day care centers must not have more than 10 people per room and must comply with the 6-foot social distancing requirement.
- No more than 10 individuals may ride a BMetro bus at one time.
- City libraries are closed.
- The City of Brownsville Golf Center is to remain closed.
- City parks are reopened for engaging in physical activities, but use of park amenities and other equipment are prohibited.
- Public swimming pools are closed.
- City events and other public and private community events are canceled until further notice.
- Facial coverings are strongly encouraged for all individuals over the age of 5 in public settings. Facial coverings include bandanas and sewn cloth face coverings. The City urges residents to not use surgical or N-95 masks; these critical supplies must be reserved for healthcare workers and medical first responders.
For more information about the City of Brownsville’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and to donate to the BTX Cares Fund, go to www.btxcares.com.
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