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March 16, 2020 6:08 PM

City Continues to Take Vigorous Action to Protect Public Safety

The City of Port Isabel continues to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 (Coronavirus) emergency, and take vigorous actions to protect public safety.

As part of these efforts, the city is today urging all citizens to implement social distancing. Avoid large crowds, and unnecessary trips. Continue to practice good personal hygiene by vigorously washing your hands with soap for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer.

Restaurants and businesses are encouraged to adopt best practices for sanitation, and provide take-out or remote services where possible. The city salutes our local grocers who have taken important steps to keep Laguna Madre-area residents and visitors supplied. We urge all residents to avoid hoarding or excessive purchases of staple items. Finally, the city urges its residents to call or check-in on friends and neighbors who may be vulnerable.

On Friday, Mayor Zamora issued a disaster declaration in response to this disease. Subsequently, the city implemented social distancing and enhanced sanitation at its facilities, including closures of the Lighthouse, Visitor’s Center/Keeper’s Cottage, Museums, Library, Event and Cultural Center, Community Center and city administrative buildings.

Earlier today, President Trump suggested that Americans avoid crowds of 10 people or more, and Cameron County issued an order to close all county parks and beaches, which was followed by a similar order from the City of South Padre Island.

What will be impacted-

ANIMAL SHELTER / CODE ENFORCEMENT
Closed, but animal control services will continue. 956/943-3888.

BUILDING DEPARTMENT
The lobby will remain open during regular business hours. The office is closed to public. Drop box open, phones and e-mail available for permits. Inspections will be done by appointment only. 956/943-0714 or building@copitx.com.

CITY EVENTS
The following events will be canceled: Museums’ of Port Isabel Telling Our Stories, Port Isabel Antique & Flea Market, Queen Isabella Market Day. 956/943-7602 or museumdirector@copitx.com.

CITY HALL & FINANCE DEPARTMENT
The offices are closed to the public. Drop box is open 24 hours a day. Available by phone and e-mail. Late payment fees for garbage will be waived through April 15. 956/943-2682 or salcocer@copitx.com.

COMMUNITY CENTER
Closed (including Tu Salud Si Cuenta and Amigos del Valle); home delivery of meals will continue. Available by phone and e-mail. 956/943-1822 or librarydirector@copitx.com.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
The lobby will remain open during regular business hours. The office is closed to public. Phone and e-mail available. 956/943-2682 or salcocer@copitx.com.

EMS
Open. Please advise dispatch if you have respiratory symptoms, a fever that has persisted or significant recent travel.

EVENT & CULTURAL CENTER
Closed. Available by phone and email. 956-943-0719 or ecdirector@copitx.com.

FIRE DEPARTMENT
Open.

GARBAGE COLLECTION
Will continue on a normal schedule. Call Finance Department for more information. 956/943-0701.

ISLAND METRO (The Wave)
Will continue operations.

KEEPER’S COTTAGE / CHAMBER OF COMMERCE / VISITORS CENTER
Closed to public. Available by phone and e-mail. 956/943-2262 or director@portisabel.org.

LAGUNA MADRE YOUTH CENTER
Closed until April 6. Available by phone. 956/943-6310.

LIBRARY
Closed to public. Available by phone and e-mail. 956/943-1822 or librarydirector@copitx.com.

LIGHTHOUSE
Closed to public. Available by phone and e-mail. 956/943-7602 or museumdirector@copitx.com.

MUNICIPAL COURT
Lobby, office and courtroom closed to public. Drop box open, phones and e-mail available. Failure to appear will be waived through April 15. 956/943-1281 or icantu@copitx.com.

MUSEUMS OF PORT ISABEL [Treasures of the Gulf & Port Isabel Historical Museum]
Closed to public. 956/943-7602 or museumdirector@copitx.com.

PARKS & RECREATION
Open.

POLICE DEPARTMENT
Open. Non-emergency number 956/943-2727.

RECYCLING CENTER
Closed to public. 956/943-6631

GENERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION LINKS
For more information: Cameron County Public Health

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