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March 12, 2020 12:19 PM

Stay Home Orders Issued; Additional MCTX City Facilities to Close Through April 3

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Fort Bend County Judge KP George issued a “Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency” on Thursday, March 12. The “state of disaster for public health emergency” is in effect for a “period of not more than seven days unless continued or renewed by the Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County.” This declaration activates the Fort Bend County emergency management plan. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, coughing and shortness of breath and, in some cases, the virus has caused death.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo also signed a declaration of local disaster for public health emergency on Wednesday, March 11.

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March 24, 2020 6:19 PM

At around 4:30 p.m. today, Fort Bend County announced its “Stay Home to Save Lives” order which will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, March 25 through 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 3. Harris County issued a similar order “Stay Home, Work Safe” earlier today, March 24, which will also go into effect tonight through April 3. Both orders mandate that citizens:

Stay home and work safe at their place of residence

Leave their residences only for essential activities

Follow social distancing of at least six feet if using outdoor spaces like parks, grocery stores

The orders also:

Prohibit all public or private gatherings of any number of people

Close all businesses other than those that fall under essential businesses which includes, healthcare operations, government functions, critical functions and retail stores.

Allow restaurants to continue to provide take out, delivery, or drive-thru services.

Encourage religious and worship centers to provide video or teleconference services and limit staff to 10 people or less.

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March 19, 2020 4:17 PM

On Thursday, March 19 Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order effective 11:59 p.m. on March 20 until 11:59 p.m. on April 3. The order encourages Texans to:

- Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.

- Avoid eating/drinking in restaurants; drive-thru, pickup or delivery options only allowed. Bars, massage parlors and gyms to close.

- Avoid visiting nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities.

- Close schools temporarily.

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March 17, 2020 7:10 PM

In the wake of the latest national social distancing guidelines and increasing COVID-19 cases in the region, MCTX is working closely with local, state and national officials to implement proactive measures to ensure the safety of our residents.

Earlier today, Fort Bend County announced the restriction for restaurants to only provide take out, delivery, or drive-thru services as allowed by law and the closure of area bars and clubs through Wednesday, April 1. This updated order succeeds the initial order from Monday, March 16 which did allow limited dine-in options.

Harris County issued the same order yesterday, which went into effect 8 a.m. today, March 17 through March 31.

To abide by these orders and to limit public gatherings to groups of 10 people or less, MCTX is implementing the following changes in operations:

o The Animal Shelter, 1923 Scanlin Rd., will schedule visitations by appointment only for the next 30 days. For questions, please call 281.403.8707.

o The Quail Valley Golf Course, 2880 La Quinta Dr., remains open for play. The City Centre, at the same address, is cancelling all events until the end of the month. The Bluebonnet Grille is open for carry-out only.

o The Recreation & Tennis Center, 2701 Cypress Point Dr., closure has been extended until Monday, April 13. For questions on registered events and refunds, call 281.403.8637.

o All City parks are still open to the public. New pavilion rentals will not be scheduled until April 13; however, existing rentals will not be cancelled.

o The Community Center, 1522 Texas Pkwy., is not scheduling any new rentals until April 13.

o The Visitors Center and Old Municipal Courtroom, both located at 1522 Texas Pkwy., are closed until Monday, April 13.

o The MCTX Municipal Court, 3845 Cartwright Rd., is closed through Thursday March 26. The lobby area will remain open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday if customers need assistance. For questions, please call 281.403.8669.

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