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City of Orange Mayor Mandates Fines for Social Distancing Violators

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The City of Orange Mayor has issued the First Amended Emergency Order effective Monday, March 30, 2020, at 11:59 P.M.

In the mandate, City of Orange Mayor Larry Spears Jr. authorized the Orange Police Department to enforce the mandates for social distancing, Violators will face a fine of up to $1,000 with 180 days in jail. In the amended order, no more than one person in a family is permitted to enter a business. Exceptions are made for parents without child care or disabled individuals needing assistance.

Tanning salons and eight-liner game rooms were added to the list of businesses shuttered.

To review this document in its entirety, click here.


Governor Abbott Extends Quarantine to 10 States, Including Louisiana

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Governor Abbott Extends Quarantine to 10 States, Including Louisiana

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has expanded previous travel-related executive orders to include more states and cities within the United States.

On March 26, Gov. Greg Abbott had instituted a mandatory self-quarantine period for people visiting from several areas hard hit by the coronavirus in the United States.

Under the original executive orders, airline travelers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and the city of New Orleans into Texas would have to self-quarantine for 14 days. Abbott has now changed the mandatory self-quarantine to include travelers coming from Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Miami and the states of California, Louisiana, and Washington.

The Texas Department of Public Safety began administering the program Saturday at noon. Travelers must fill out DPS forms and be subject to follow-up check-ins from troopers. The quarantines are for 14 days, or the duration of the stay in Texas, whichever is shorter, Abbott said.

Violators face fines up to $1,000, up to 180 days in jail, “or both,” Abbott said.

The full executive order can be found here.

School Districts Set Tentative Return Dates

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Tentative return to school dates have been set by local school districts. Please know that these dates are subject to change at any time.

Dates for returning are tentatively scheduled as follows:

WO-C: Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 14.

LC-M: Classes will resume after the spring break, scheduled April 10-April 17.

Orangefield: Classes will resume Monday, April 13.

Bridge City: Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 14.

Vidor: Teachers will return Tuesday, April 14, and classes will resume and classes will resume Wednesday, April 15.

Lamar State College-Orange: Students will begin distance learning online on March 30. Select lab classes and hands-on courses will meet beginning on April 13. Fall registration will begin online as scheduled on April 1.

City of Orange Issues Declaration of Disaster and Emergency Orders

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A Declaration of Disaster and accompanying Emergency Orders have been signed by Mayor Larry Spears Jr. which will become effective at 11:59 pm, March 26, 2020.

The City of Orange feels fortunate that there are minimal positive cases of COVID-19 in Southeast Texas, but believes this declaration and emergency orders will assist in the area-wide effort to limit the public’s exposure to COVID-19. Citizens are encouraged to read the entirety of the Declaration of Disaster and Emergency Orders

>Additional information concerning the Declaration of Disaster and accompanying Emergency Orders may be found here.

Outlined are businesses that may be open and those that must close, a 24-hour curfew for youth under 17, and a prohibition against artificially raising prices on a set list of items.

>City officials and Emergency Management are continuing to monitor the situation and will post updates when available.

Work Safe, Play Safe Initiative Instituted

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First Case of COVID-19 Reported in Orange County
The implementation of a Work Safe, Play Safe, Stay Safe Initiative has been instituted by County Judges in Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Newton, Orange, and Tyler counties.
This Initiative provides guidance to the public and retail service industry in areas such as what is, and is not, allowed during the COVID-19 crisis.
Financial institutions will continue to be able to operate with drive-through teller lanes and restaurants may continue to operate with pick-up and delivery services.
This Initiative will be observed until such time as the current crisis has been averted or until more stringent restrictions are needed. We are hopeful that adherence to the Initiative will alleviate the need for a more comprehensive Order that would include more stringent sanctions and penalties for violations.
Under this order:
  • Go to grocery, convenience stores or warehouses (LIMIT VISITS TO THESE LOCATIONS TO ONE FAMILY MEMBER PER HOUSEHOLD)
  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
  • Go to medical appointments (check with your doctor or provider first)
  • Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru
  • Care for or support a friend or family member
  • Go outside, take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog or exercise- just keep at least six feet between you and others
  • Walk your pets or take them to the veterinarian if necessary
  • Help someone get necessary supplies
  • Receive deliveries from businesses that provide delivery service
  • Go to work unless you are providing essential services
  • Visit friends and family if there isn’t an urgent need
  • Maintain less than a 6-foot distance from others
  • Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility or other residential care facilities (unless the facility website provides limited exceptions)
Additional information concerning the Emergency Order Addendum may be found at 
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