Bastrop County amends COVID-19 order to require use of facemasks, parks closed


Paul Pape

Bastrop County Judge


STATEMENT ANNOUNCING AMENDED COVID-19 ORDER


I have amended my Bastrop County COVID-19 Order #1 to include additional measures as we continue the fight to slow the spread of this deadly virus.


As of now, we have announced, and posted, that 18 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Bastrop County, including 1 fatality. Our sincere condolences go out to the family of this 58- year-old gentleman.


We know that there are more cases, perhaps many more, in our County. With more testing, the number of confirmed cases will rise.


The good news from the President’s advisors is that the mitigation efforts being put forth are working. Social distancing is slowing the spread of the virus. According to the Center for Disease Control, the next step is for all of us to wear a simple face covering when out in public. This will help in a couple of ways.


First, it will prevent the spread of droplets while speaking, or from a cough or sneeze. Second, and I think just as important, it signifies that we all know we are in an unprecedented health crisis pandemic and that we are doing our little part in the fight to slow it down.


In my amended order, called Bastrop County COVID-19 ORDER #1 A, effective at 11:59 p.m., on April 9, 2020, I am closing all of the Bastrop County Parks.


Yesterday, Governor Abbott announced the closing of all state parks and historical sites. Each of our mayors, Mayor Schroeder of Bastrop, Mayor Cannon of Elgin and Mayor Saunders of Smithville, have also closed their city parks. This action is to prevent gatherings in these public places and reduce the potential spread of the virus to others.


The second part of my amended Order addresses the CDC's recommendations on mitigation efforts. I am therefore ordering that all persons follow the CDC guidelines to Prevent Getting Sick, including social distancing and face coverings.


These guidelines are published on the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/


These guidelines must be followed by every person in Bastrop County in three specific scenarios:


1. When entering any government or public building, or conversing with a

governmental official, staff, or employee in person; or,


2. When with other members of the public outside of a household (i.e, office, store,

business, sidewalk, parking lot, etc); or, 3. Pursuant to Section 3.3 of this Order, all employees or staff of any business when open to the public.


The CDC is clear that a face covering can be as simple as a bandana or as fancy as a custom-designed masterpiece sewn together by Grandmother. The point is that it must cover the nose and mouth at all times.


I appreciate the efforts being put forth by so many retailers and store owners to do their part in this battle. Most if not all have developed and implemented the safeguards I put in place last week. I’m confident that they will continue to support us in our efforts to slow the contagion of this virus.


I am also very proud of and thankful for the team of over 50 local and community leaders working in our Emergency Operations Center. These men and women are the best in the business. They are meeting needs, answering questions, and developing resources to deal with whatever may come. They are a like a fine-tuned machine, working under my direction, along with our deputy director of Emergency Management Christine Files and our Local Health Authority Dr. Desmar Walkes.


In closing, our message is clear and simple: Stay Home Bastrop County. If you must go out for essential goods or services, practice proven mitigation – social distancing and face covering. We are in this together and together we will conquer this foe and build a better world for our future. May God bless you and may God bless Bastrop County. -


Judge Paul Pape


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BASTROP COUNTY COVID-19 ORDER #1 A

Effective: April 9, 2020, 11:59 p.m. through April 30, 2020, 11:59 p.m.


WHEREAS, a novel coronavirus now designated SARS-CoV2, which causes the disease 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is primarily transmitted through person to person contact, especially in group settings, and it is essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to protect the ability of public and private healthcare providers to handle the influx of new patients and safeguard public health and safety; and,


WHEREAS, pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 418,108, the Bastrop County Judge issued a Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency on March 16, 2020, activating the Bastrop County Emergency Management Plan to protect the safety and welfare of the public; and,


WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, President Trump released strict guidelines to limit people's interactions during the COVID-19 pandemic, including that Americans should avoid being in groups of more than 10 people and other social distancing measures; and,


WHEREAS, on March 19, 2020, Governor of Texas Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA 08, limiting the size of gatherings anywhere in the state to 10 or fewer people, closing all dine-in restaurants and bars, and closing all schools temporarily; and,


WHEREAS, the on-going evaluation of circumstances related to the virus, along with updated recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the Texas Department of State Health Services warranted the Bastrop County Judge's original Declaration be amended; and,


WHEREAS, on March 19, 2020, the Bastrop County Judge issued Bastrop County Declaration of Disaster Due To Public Health Emergency, First Amended, that authorizes the County Judge to issue written Orders or Directives to promote public health and welfare and to suppress the spread of the virus, and extends the Declaration of Disaster indefinitely until rescinded by order of the County Judge upon the recommendation of the County Health Authority and briefing of the County Commissioners Court,


WHEREAS, under the authority of Texas Government Code, Section 418.108, the Bastrop County Judge issued Bastrop County COVID-19 Order #1 on March 19, 2020, the same day Texas Governor Abbott issued Order GA-14 superceding some of the items in the County Judge's Order:


THEREFORE, under the authority of Texas Government Code, Section 418,108, the Bastrop County Judge issues this Bastrop County COVID-19 Order #1A, with amendments and additions to his Executive Order:


1.0 This Order is effective as of 11:59 p.m, on April 9, 2020 and will lapse at 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020, unless extended, amended, or terminated by the Bastrop County Judge.


2.0 Stay Home - Stay Safe. (See Governor's Order GA 14 regarding staying at home, except to provide or obtain Essential Services.]


FILED APR 08 2019 3:44pm

Rose Pietsch Bastrop County Clerk

FILED BASTROP COUNTY COVID-19 ORDER #1 A

APR 08 2019 2:442 Effective: April 9, 2020, 11:59 p.m. through April 30, 2020, 11:59 p.m.

Rose Pietsch


Bastrop County Clerk 3.0 General Orders to slow the spread of COVID-19.


3.1 All persons who are sick with symptoms that may indicate COVID-19 (such as fever

of 99,6 or higher, dry cough, tightness in lungs) shall remain at home, except to seek pre-arranged medical care or emergency medical treatment.


3.2 Anyone tested positive for COVID-19, or anyone issued a presumptive positive

diagnosis by a Medical Doctor and ordered to self-isolate, shall self-isolate under this Order and all the members of their household are Ordered to self-isolate at home for a minimum of fourteen (14) days, unless released by a Medical Doctor, No member of such household may go to work, school, daycare, social or religious gathering, shopping, or to any other community function until released by a Medical Doctor.


3.3 Each business serving the public shall develop and implement protocols to limit the spread of the virus for shoppers, including daily checking and monitoring the health of all staff and employees, general sanitation, and social distancing. Businesses must also designate a person on each shift to monitor and enforce the protocols. Records of these actions must be made available to the Local Health Authority upon request.


3,4 Religious Organizations (See Governor's Order GA 14 regarding religious

organizations and services.]


3.5 Due to increased demand for certain products, a mandatory limit is placed on the sale or purchase of the following items, per store visit: The greater of the number listed below or the number of items in a single package: (a) toilet tissue, two (2) rolls; hand sanitizer, two (2) items; face tissue, two (2) boxes; sanitizing wipes, two (2) items.

This regulation does not apply to a single purchase representing more than one household, with proof there of (such as a photo ID), or for licensed group caregivers.

3.6 Bastrop County parks at Stoney Point, Cedar Creek, and the Nature Park on the

Colorado River are temporarily closed to the public.


3.7 In each of the following scenarios, all persons shall follow the CDC guidelines to

Prevent Getting Sick, including social distancing and face coverings (See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/):


3.7.1 When entering any government or public building, or conversing with a

governmental official, staff, or employee in person; or,


3.7.2 When with other members of the public outside of a household (i.e, office, store, business, sidewalk, parking lot, etc); or,


3.7.3 Pursuant to Section 3.3 of this Order, all employees or staff of any business when open to the public.


4.0 If any subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this Order or any application of it to any person, structure, gathering, or circumstance is held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a decision of a court of competent jurisdiction, then such portion shall be severed and shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions or applications of this Order.


5.0 Bastrop County and the media shall promptly publicize this Order by posting and publication,


6.0 Pursuant to Texas Local Government Code, penalties for violating this Order are as follows:


LGC 418.173. Penalty for Violation of Emergency Management Plan (a) A state, local, or interjurisdictional emergency management plan may provide that failure

to comply with the plan or with a rule, order, or ordinance adopted under the plan is an offense. (b) The plan may prescribe a punishment for the offense, but may not prescribe a fine that exceeds $1,000 or confinement in jail for a term up to 180 days.


BE IT SO ORDERED, this the 8th day of April, 2020.


Signed:


Paul Pape Bastrop County Judge


Attest:

Rose Pietsch Bastrop County Clerk


FILED APR 08 2019 2:414pm

Rose Pietsch Bastrop County Clerk



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