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April 30, 2020 1:06 PM

Mayor Rescinds Order, Adopts Governor & County Orders

Effective immediately or upon effective date of Governor’s or County Judge’s proclamations • Commercial travel 25% capacity • Restaurants dine in 25% capacity • Retail open 25% capacity • Piers open • Taxi service resumes 5/1 • City Parks closed

PORT ISABEL Proclamation 2020-4-30-1
What does this mean for Port Isabel?

FACE COVERINGS
-All personnel in public or food preparation areas or places of business must wear a facial covering. Patrons shall be encouraged to wear a facial covering. Note: some businesses will be asking their patrons to wear a facial covering.

PORT ISABEL CITY PARKS
-All city parks are to remain closed, with the exception of the Pompano Boat Ramp, which may be used for launching of vessels and the parking of vehicles and trailers only.

COMMERCIAL TRAVEL- Roadway or Waterway
-All commercial motor vessels used to carry passengers, with an origin or destination in the City of Port Isabel, and which are not engaged in interstate or international commerce, shall limit the number of passengers and crew aboard to 25 percent of the vessel’s US Coast Guard rated capacity [includes charter services]. Commercial motor vessels used to carry passengers shall be operated in accordance with the Governor’s guidelines for business operations.

TAKE-OUT RETAIL & FOOD SERVICE
-All take-out retail and food service operations shall be by curb service only. Patrons shall not exit their vehicles, nor congregate on foot in groups of five or more at the pick-up area. All personnel in public or food preparation areas must wear a facial covering, and adhere to the governor’s advisory for health checks prior to beginning work.

RESTAURANTS
-May continue to provide to-go or delivery services. Restaurants may operate for dine-in service up to 25% of the total listed occupancy of the restaurant. Within food establishments providing table service, in addition to the Governor’s order, the following regulations shall be implemented: single-use cups, wrapped straws and utensils shall be used, as well as individual packets of condiments. Condiments shall not be placed on tables in self-serve caddies. Self-serve drink fountains and tureens are prohibited. Dancing is prohibited. All personnel in public or food preparation areas must wear a facial covering, and adhere to the governor’s advisory for health checks prior to beginning work.

RETAIL BUSINESSES
-Non-essential retailers may operate up to 25% of the total listed occupancy. In addition, non-essential retailers may operate through pickup, delivery by mail, or delivery to the customer’s doorstep. Within retail establishments, in addition to the Governor’s order, the following regulations shall be implemented: patrons must remain at least 6 feet apart at all times, including at check-out lines. No person under the age of 14 may be permitted upon the premises of a retail establishment. Self-serve drink fountains and tureens are prohibited. Patrons shall be encouraged to wear a facial covering. All personnel in public or food preparation areas must wear a facial covering, and adhere to the governor’s advisory for health checks prior to beginning work.

NON-RETAIL & FOOD SERVICE
-Within non-retail or food service establishments that are otherwise essential, in addition to the Governor’s order, the following regulations shall be implemented: patrons must remain at least 6 feet apart at all times, including at check-out lines. Patrons shall be encouraged to wear a facial covering. All personnel in public areas must wear a facial covering, and adhere to the governor’s advisory for health checks prior to beginning work.

FISHING PIERS
-Fishing piers must limit their capacity by ensuring that users are spaced at least 6 feet apart, and prohibit the entry of groups of more than 5. Patrons shall be encouraged to wear a facial covering. All personnel in public areas must wear a facial covering, and adhere to the governor’s advisory for health checks prior to beginning work.

TAXI CAB SERVICE
-Taxi cabs may re-enter service as of 12:01 am on May 1, 2020, provided that the following measures are adhered to: a plexiglass or glass screen must be installed between the driver and passenger compartment, and no passenger may be carried by the cab forward of this screen; the windows of the taxi cab must be opened at least three inches to provide ventilation, and air conditioning cannot be used in re-circulation mode; hand sanitizer must be available to the passengers; areas of the passenger compartment must be sanitized every two hours, and a log must be kept of this cleaning; a log must be kept of all passengers carried by the cab each day, including origin, destination, name and telephone number for each passenger; the driver and passengers must wear a facial covering; drivers must adhere to the governor’s advisory for health checks prior to beginning work, and compliance, including temperature checks, must be documented.

CLOSED
-Gyms, salons and barbershops, spas and bars.

SHELTER IN PLACE
BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED, that all residents are urged to continue to shelter in place, refrain from non-essential activities, minimize the number of household members that leave the home to perform essential activities, utilize pick-up or delivery services to the greatest extent practicable, wear facial coverings while in public or in enclosed spaces, and frequently wash hands for a period of greater than 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer containing 60% or greater alcohol content.

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