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Port Isabel Mayor Juan Jose “JJ” Zamora today took sweeping action to protect the public from COVID-19 (coronavirus). In addition to ordering daily inspections of food service and grocery establishments, and directing city staff to take all possible measures towards the relief and welfare of the city’s residents, the mayor promulgated emergency regulations by proclamation.
These regulations restrict food service establishments to no more than 50 percent of capacity or 50 persons, and set other restrictions on food service. Additionally, the mayor prohibited all gatherings of more than 10 people, with certain exceptions. Finally, the mayor gave publicity to the city’s actions to prevent price-gouging. Violations of the mayor’s order are a Class C Misdemeanor, and carry a $500 fine.
The City of Port Isabel continues to monitor the COVID-19 disease, and will likely take future action to prevent the spread of disease and protect the public. Residents are urged to remain at home, avoid crowds, and practice good hygiene.
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BE IT KNOWN that on this, the 18th day of March, 2020, the Mayor of the City of Port Isabel, the Honorable Juan Jose “JJ” Zamora, has issued the following proclamation, and caused his hand and the seal of the city to be affixed to the same:
“An order implementing precautions related to COVID-19 (coronavirus).”
WHEREAS, A state of emergency currently exists in the City of Port Isabel, and such emergency has been declared by the Mayor on March 13 2020 and affirmed by the City Commission on March 17, 2020; and
WHEREAS, Under ordinance 703, passed by the City Commission on March 17, 2020, and under the provisions of the Texas Disaster Act, the mayor is empowered to act the city’s Emergency Management Director, and as executive officer of the governor, in enacting such regulations as may be necessary to preserve life and property; and
WHEREAS, I, Mayor Juan Jose “JJ” Zamora have found good cause due to the COVID-19 outbreak to issue the following order, which shall remain in effect for a period of 60 days, or until terminated, whichever is sooner.
THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED, that the following regulations are hereby enacted, effective at 8:00 pm on this day, March 18, 2020:
-Restaurants and bars will limit their seating by 50% of their current configuration, with a maximum of 50 patrons per dining room.
-Restaurants and Bars will have a minimum distance of 8 feet between tables.
-Restaurants and Bars must close by 10:00 pm until 6:00 am. Last Call is 9:45 pm.
-Restaurants will be allowed to designate a parking space for curbside delivery. Curbside (To Go) and drive thru food service is strongly encouraged and recommended.
-All dance floors, in bars and restaurants are closed. Live music of more than 2 persons and all DJ entertainment are not allowed.
-All buffet food service is prohibited.
-Hotels, motels and rental properties are required to completely sanitize all touch surfaces within a dwelling unit before it may be rented to the public.
-All public and private gatherings of more than 10 people for any other purpose are prohibited. Immediate family members, food service, grocery, pharmacy and grocery establishments, as well as units of government and houses of worship, are exempt from this requirement.
BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED, that the following regulations are hereby enacted, effective at 5:00 pm on March 19, 2020:
-Disposable Glassware must be used in place of reusable glassware at 5:00 pm on 3/19/20.
-Self Service soda fountains, bars, jugs and tureens; garnishes, fruit and straws for beverages; and, self service trays, dispensers and containers for condiments, are prohibited in all commercial establishments.
-Churches will limit attendance to less than 50 people and will institute social distancing of a minimum space of 6’ apart.
-Service Stations must sanitize the self-service portions of the equipment at a minimum every hour, preferably after each service. Sanitizer must be available at the pumps.
BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED, that the City Commission of the City of Port Isabel has by Ordinance 703 prohibited any person from charging more than the price prevailing on March 13, 2020 for the following items:
(a) groceries, beverages, toilet articles, ice and cleaning supplies(b) construction and building materials and supplies, and earth moving 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, pharmaceutical, and medical equipment and supplies(m) blankets, quilts, bedspreads, bed linens, mattresses, bed springs, bedsteads, towels, and toilet paper(n) furniture and clothing
BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED, that the City Commission has fixed a criminal penalty of $500 for any person who violates a provision of this order, or of Ordinance 703.
DONE, this the 18th day of March, 2020.
_____________________________Hon. Juan Jose “JJ” Zamora, Mayor
_____________________________Nadini Jee, Assistant City Secretary
City Health Department to change inspection schedule:The City of Port Isabel is now conducting health inspections of all open food service and grocery businesses each day.
Island Metro UPDATE:The Island Metro (WAVE) will be limiting its capacity to 50% of the available seats and will institute social distancing between riders. The Island Metro will sanitize the bus before the start of any route.