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EMERGENCY ORDER AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF VIDOR, TEXAS DUE TO PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY


EMERGENCY ORDER AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF VIDOR, TEXAS DUE TO PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

In conjunction with the National Emergency Declaration issued by President Donald J. Trump, the state of Emergency for all 254 Counties as declared by Governor Greg Abbott on March 13, 2020, and the Disaster Declaration issued by Orange County Judge John Gothia on March 13, 2020, I, the duly elected Mayor of the City of Vidor, Texas (the "City"), hereby issue the following ORDER REGARDING THE OCCUPANCY OF PREMISES THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF VIDOR, ORANGE COUNTY, TEXAS,

By the authority granted me pursuant to Texas Government Code, Chapter 418, a Disaster Declaration has been issued effective March 20, 2020. Addition, pursuant to Texas Government Code, Section 418.108(g), I hereby issue the following Orders:

(1) Any gathering sponsored by the City shall cease.
(2) Gatherings of greater than ten (10) people shall cease at all public facilities within the corporate limits of the City.
(3) Regarding privately owned facilities: There shall be no gathering of more than ten (10) persons.
(4) Night clubs, health clubs, gyms, exercise facilities, game rooms, and massage parlors shall be closed.
(5) Restaurants, bars and taverns shall close for dine-in services but may use delivery and take-out options, to the extent permitted by applicable law.
(6) Grocery stores, convenience stores and any supply type store are encouraged to remain open but citizens are urged to use the delivery or curbside services where available or use Social Distancing.;
(7) Nursing homes and senior living centers shall limit visitation of the public within their facilities. This does not include medical therapeutic support and medical personnel. This also does not include food and supply delivery.

For purposes of sections (1 ), (2) and (3) above, a "gathering" refers generally to a scheduled event or common endeavor where ten (10) persons are present in a confined space, room, or area, where safe and suggested social distancing can be met.

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

a. Are not in school;
b. Are not accompanied by school personnel, a parent or guardian, or;
c. Are not going directly to their place of employment or going directly home from that place of employment.

This Order does not apply to special needs students during the times local school districts are required by federal law to provide services to those that qualify.

It is further ORDERED that all municipal court appearance days have been extended from the twenty (20) day maximum initial appearance date to forty-five (45) days, other cases will be at the discretion of the municipal court Judge.
WHEREAS, this state of disaster requires that certain emergency measures be taken pursuant to the Texas Disaster Act of 1975 relating to Emergency Management.
It is therefore, ORDERED, that the following regulations shall take effect upon execution of this Order and shall remain in effect until the state of disaster is terminated or this Order may be amended:
A person shall not sell or offer to 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:

(a) groceries, beverages, toilet articles, ice;
(b) construction and building materials and supplies and earthmoving equipment and machinery;
( c) electrical and gas generating and transmission equipment, parts and accessories;
( d) charcoal briquettes, matches, candles, lamp illumination and heat unit carbides, dry batteries, light bulbs, flashlights and hand lanterns;
(e) hand tools (manual and power), hardware and household supplies, and equipment rental;
(f) automotive parts, supplies and accessories;
(g) plumbing and electrical tools and supplies;
(h) apartment, duplex, multi-family dwelling, rooming house, hotel and motel rental;
(i) gasoline, diesel oil, motor oil, kerosene, grease, and automotive lubricants;
(j) restaurant, cafeteria and boarding house meals;
(k) services of roofing and building contractors, plumbers, electricians, mechanics, tree surgeons and automobile wrecker companies;
(l) medicine, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and supplies;
(m) blankets, quilts, bedspreads, bed liners, mattresses, bedsprings, bedsheets, bedsteads, towels and toilet paper; and
( n ) furniture and clothing.

Price increases on the above-described goods or services are permitted only if such increases accurately reflect an actual, and documented, increase in the cost of new stock or the cost to transport it, plus the retailers average markup percentage applied during the 10 days immediately prior to the declaration of a state of emergency.

PENALTIES
These price control regulations shall have the effect of City ordinances when duly filed with the City Secretary.
Any person who violates any provision of these regulations shall be, upon conviction, subject to a fine of not more than Five Hundred and No/I 00 Dollars ($500.00) per violation.

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

1. Those employees of oil terminals, pipelines and oil supply facilities and servicing contractors that are essential for and who are actively involved in the operations of the facilities, transportation and receiving of oil and chemical supplies, refining and operations petrochemical facilities, in the City and such other employees who are deemed essential to the operation of such facilities by their employer.
2. Those employees of hospitals, trauma centers, 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.
3. Those employees of Federal, State and Local Governments, Political Subdivisions, and Special Purpose Districts who are deemed essential by their employer for law enforcement activities, emergency response operations, including jury operations.

This order does NOT extend to law enforcement activities, emergency response operations, court operations, including jury operations, and to all school districts within the City.
All City employees must report for work as required by their supervisor. All work related travel of City employees shall cease.
This order shall take effect at 11 :59 p.m. tonight, March 20, 2020, and shall remain in effect until amended or terminated.
SIGNED AND ORDERED this 20th day of March, 2020.

Kimberly Stiebig, Mayor

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DECLARATION OF LOCAL DISASTER BY PROCLAMATION OF THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF VIDOR, TEXAS


DUE TO PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY 

WHEREAS, beginning in December 2019, a novel coronavirus, now designated SARS­CoV2 which causes the disease COVID-19, has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization; and 

WHEREAS, the symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe illness and cause further complications including death; and 

WHEREAS, COVID-19 virus mainly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes; and 

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the Governor of the State of Texas issued a proclamation certifying that COVID-19 poses an imminent threat of disaster in the state and declaring a state of disaster for all counties in Texas; and 

WHEREAS, the City of Vidor, Texas (the "City"), is taking extraordinary measures to prevent the spread of this potentially devastating disease in our community; and 

WHEREAS, said state of disaster requires that certain emergency protective measures be taken pursuant to the Texas Disaster Act of 1975 relating to Emergency Management and Public Health, pursuant to Chapter 418 of the Texas Government Code. 

NOW THEREFORE, I, MAYOR AND PRESIDING OFFICER OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF VIDOR, TEXAS, HEREBY PROCLAIM AND DECLARE:
SECTION 1. The recitals set forth above are hereby incorporated for all purposes. 

SECTION 2. That a local state of disaster for public health emergency is hereby declared for the City, pursuant to Section 418.108(a) of the Texas Government Code. 

SECTION 3. That pursuant to Section 418.108(b) of the Texas Government Code the state of disaster for public health emergency shall continue for a period of not more than seven (7) days from the date of this declaration, unless continued or renewed by the City Council of the City. 

SECTION 4. That pursuant to Section 418.108(c) of the Texas Government Code this declaration of a local state of disaster for public health emergency shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the City Secretary. 

SECTION 5. That pursuant to Section 418.108(d) of the Texas Government Code, this declaration of a local state of disaster activates the City's emergency management plan, and authorizes the furnishing of aid and assistance under the declaration. 

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Library Closed Until Further Notice


Due to COVID-19 the library is curbside only until further notice. Computers are closed at this time. If there is something that can be emailed to us we will gladly print it out for you at $0.10 a page.

E-Books are available for those with a library card.

Call 409-769-7148 for book requests. Next day Curb Service hours are as follows.

9:30 - 11:00 Morning Pick-up following day 

3:00 - 4:30 Afternoon Pick-up following day

COVID-19 County Response 3/17/2020


 The good news is that as of lunchtime on March 17, 2020, there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus, COVID-19 anywhere in Orange County.

At 8 am, March 17, Orange County Judge John Gothia issued a disaster declaration and emergency order to limit the exposure of our citizens to COVID-19 and curb the spread of the disease. The Mayors of Orange County support the Judge's decision. (Both documents can be found on the County's website: http://www.co.orange.tx.us/.)

First, anyone who suspects they may have been exposed to the coronavirus should CALL their doctor or medical provider first. Please do not go to the doctor's office or medical facility without first calling. During the phone call, you will be asked a few questions to determine if you require further testing. If you do not have a regular doctor or medical facility, you may call 409-246-5188 for further directions.

Second, what the Judge and Mayors are asking everyone to do is "Manage the 50." This follows the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation of no mass gatherings over fifty (50) people in an attempt to limit the possible spread of COVID-19. "Manage the 50" is the idea of using a variety of methods to limit group sizes under 50.

No businesses are being closed but they are asked to "Manage the 50." Business owners, managers and the public are asked to consider ways to keep crowds under fifty, such as using drive-thru windows, or doing business on-line. Every building is unique. Smaller areas have less room than larger areas so people will be closer together in the smaller area, or people may be separate with office walls or aisles. Therefore, there is not one solution that will cover every situation. But, if everyone considers how to "Manage the 50" there should be some workable solutions to reach this goal.

Addition guidance to "Manage the 50" can be found in the disaster declaration and emergency order.

Remember, if you do not feel well, stay home; do not congregate in crowds over fifty people; and continue to monitor the media for updates to the situation.
There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Orange County. Let's all work together to keep it that way.

Further information regarding the coronavirus can be found at the websites of the Center of Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

or the Texas Department of State Health Services: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

or the County of Orange, Texas: http://www.co.orange.tx.us/.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) County Response


County and City officials in Orange County continue to monitor the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19). As of Friday morning, March 13, 2020, there have been no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Orange County.

Officials urge citizens to take precautions such as washing one's hands and avoiding close contact with people who are sick. Further information and additional precautions regarding the virus are available online at the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

And Texas Health and Human Services:

Anyone who believes they may have been exposed to the coronavirus should first call their health provider to ask about further steps. Please do not visit a healthcare provider without first alerting them about your concerns.

County and city officials will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as needed.