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COVID-19 Emergency Response Food Distribution Scheduled May 23

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Texas Mutual Donates $50,000 to Orange County Disaster Rebuild

Orange County Disaster Rebuild and the Southeast Texas Food Bank have partnered together to do a COVID-19 Emergency Response “Drive-Thru” Food Distribution on Saturday, May 23, 2020, beginning at 10 am.

They will have it at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center located at 11475 FM 1442; Orange, Texas 77630.

One food box per family.

If you have any questions, please give them a call at (409)745-9719.

Re-Opening Texas Part 3

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Re-Opening Texas Part 3

Here are the highlights from the “Re-Open Texas” press conference with Governor Abbott.
Texans, except where necessary to provide or obtain “Covered Services”, should continue to minimize social gatherings and in-person contact with those who are not in the same household.

People over the age of 65 are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. Individuals are encouraged to maintain at least 6 feet of separation from those 65 and older.

Those who do leave the home, whether young or old, should implement social distancing and good hygiene.

“Covered Services” includes those listed under CISA guidance as well as churches, congregations, and places of worship. Covered Services” include the following:

  •  Retail services through pick-up, delivery by mail, or door delivery.
  • In-store retail at 25% occupancy (25% does not include employees)
  • Dine-in restaurants at 25% occupancy (25% does not include outdoor seating, where 6 feet of separation must be maintained, or employees)
  • Movie theaters at 25% occupancy (25% does not include employees)
  • Shopping malls at 25% occupancy (food court, play areas, and interactive displays must remain closed) also (25% does not include employees)
  • Museums and libraries at occupancy of 25% (25% does not include employees)
  • Golf course operations
  • Local government operations
  • Wedding venues and services required to conduct a wedding, subject to either the guidelines on churches (if held in a church) or at 25% of indoor occupancy (if held indoors at a non-church). Note, it is strongly encouraged to hold weddings outside.
  • Wedding receptions, subject to the guidelines on restaurants (if held in a restaurant) or subject to 25% of indoor capacity (if held indoors). Again, strongly encouraged to hold outside.
  • Cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, and nail salons and should maintain at least six feet between customers and work stations
  • Tanning Salons should maintain at least six feet of social distancing
  • Swimming pools, both indoor and outdoor, but must follow occupancy levels as set forth in Open Texas
  • Services provided in an office may operate with the greater of 25% of the total office workforce or ten individuals
  • Non-CISA manufacturing services may operate at 25% occupancy
  • Gyms and exercise facilities and classes may operate at 25% occupancy; however, locker rooms and showers are to remain closed. Restrooms may be open for use.

Starting Immediately except for Deaf Smith, El Paso, Moore, Potter and Randall Counties:

  • Massage establishments and others licensed under Chapter 455 of the Texas Occupations Code may operate but must maintain at least six feet of social distancing.
  • Personal-care and beauty services not already open may operate but must maintain at least six feet of social distancing between work stations. These include:
    • Tattoo studios, piercing studios, hair removal services and hair loss treatment and growth services
    • Child-care services other than youth camps

Starting Friday May 22, 2020, except for Deaf Smith, El Paso, Moore, Potter and Randall Counties:

  • Dine-in restaurants at 50% occupancy (50% does not include outdoor seating, where 6 feet of separation must be maintained, or employees)
  • Bars and similar establishments, such as wineries and breweries, may operate at 25% capacity
  • Aquariums, natural caverns and similar facilities may operate at 25% occupancy
  • Bowling alleys, bingo halls, simulcast racing to the extent allowed by law, and skating rinks may operate at 25% capacity
  • Rodeos and equestrian at 25% occupancy (this does not allow for county fairs or large social gatherings)
  • Drive-in concerts provided that participants remain in their own vehicles
  • Amateur sporting events which provide no access to the general public and all participants have tested negative for COVID-19 prior to the event

Starting Friday, May 29, 2020 for all Texas Counties:

  • Outdoor areas of zoos may operate up to 25% capacity. All indoor areas of the zoo, except for restrooms, are to remain closed.

Starting Sunday, May 31, 2020 for all Texas Counties:

  • Certain professional sporting events with no spectators physical present on the premises and as approved by DSHS
  • Youth camps and summer camps, including both daytime and overnight
  • Youth sports programs may begin practices but games and competitions may not begin until June 15, 2020.

Counties with five or fewer active case counts can file proper attestation forms with DSHS to allow for occupancy limits to be 50% instead of the listed 25%.

Texans are asked to avoid interactive amusement venues (including amusement parks and water parks) at this time. Texans are also still asked to not visit nursing homes, state-supported living centers, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities at this time.

Information about Schools and Education:

  • All public schools should follow guidance as set forth by TEA and found on the TEA website
  • Schools may conduct graduation ceremonies as set forth by TEA and found on the TEA website

Starting June 1, 2020, Public School Districts may:

  • Allow students to access the campus for in-person classroom instruction such as summer school, special education, specialized assessments, and tutoring services.
  • Public education teachers are encouraged to continue to work remotely from home if possible
  • Private schools and institutions of higher education may reopen campuses and are encouraged to establish similar standards to allow students, teachers, and staff to return to campus for limited purpose.

See State of Texas website with all of the details.

Governor Abbott Modifies Reopening Orders to Include Hair and Nail Salons

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Governor Abbott Extends Quarantine to 10 States, Including Louisiana

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday announced that he is amending his most recent orders, and most notably he says that barbershops, hair salons, and nail shops can reopen on Friday, May 8th with certain caveats in place.

Meanwhile, the Governor also said that all restrictions are lifted for weddings, funerals, and graveside services, but he did make recommendations for those events, and he also placed stipulations for wedding receptions.

Here is a summary of the Governor’s orders:

Weddings/Funerals/Burials – It is recommended that a section of the venue be set aside for older guests and those with health problems. Recommended that social distancing be observed.

Wedding Receptions – The same rules that apply to restaurants are required to be used at the wedding reception venue; 25% capacity limit, and social distancing must be observed.

Cosmetology – Barbershops, hair salons, tanning salons, and nail shops may reopen on Friday, May 8th. It is required that each operator service only one client at a time and each client must maintain 6’ of distance from other clients. It is recommended that both the operator and the client wear masks. It is also recommended that the operator take only appointments rather than walk-ins.

Restaurants – 25% capacity limit still in effect. However, the Governor says that if a restaurant has outdoor seating, the 25% capacity limit does not apply to outdoor seating, but patrons must still maintain social distance,

Gyms – Can reopen on Monday, May 18th at 25% capacity. However, the gym’s locker rooms and showers cannot be used. All users of the gym must wear gloves that cover the entire hand, including the fingers, and gym employees must disinfect each piece of equipment after each use. Gym users must maintain social distance.

Bars/Nightclubs – Still cannot open. Governor says his team is still studying that issue.

Non-Essential Manufacturers – Can open as of Monday, May 18th at 25% occupancy.

Businesses in Office Buildings – Can open as of Monday, May 18th.

Testing has doubled in the past two weeks. While the total positive cases continue to increase, the percentage of positive results from testing has declined from 7.2% to 4.6%. Unfortunately, Texas deaths from COVID-19 increased by 36% during the past week. Social distancing and facial coverings remain as the primary method of protecting Texas citizens, especially the vulnerable population.

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