Sweetwater City Council Approves Ordinance Extending Mayor’s Emergency Declaration

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Joseph Grant

A city-wide ordinance was passed by the City Council extending the mayor’s emergency declaration order until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday April 14, 2020. This order mirrors the mayor’s original order of March 19, 2020 in that no more than 10 people may gather together at one time, with some exceptions. The Governor’s and County Judge’s more stringent orders are still in effect. 
The City Ordinance reads as follows:
“The City of Sweetwater is on top of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are following the orders set forth by the Governor, the County Judge and the Mayor. We urge our citizens to take these measures seriously, as many lives depend on our adhering to these orders. We hope and pray for a timely resolution to this life-changing pandemic,” City Manager David A. Vela said.
The Ordinance reads as follows:
An Ordinance of The City Council of The City Of Sweetwater Extending a Declaration Of Local Disaster; Establishing Rules And Regulations For The Duration of The Disaster; Restricting Certain Activities; Establishing Penal Ties For Violations.
WHEREAS, in December 2019 a novel coronavirus, now designated COVID-19, was detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Outcomes have ranged from mild to severe illness, and in some cases death; and
WHEREAS, on January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization Director General declared the outbreak of COVID-19 as a Public Health Emergency oflntemational Concern (PHEIC), advising countries to prepare for the containment, detection, isolation and case management, contact tracing and prevention of onward spread of the disease; and
WHEREAS, on March 5, 2020, the World Health Organization Director General urged aggressive preparedness and activation of emergency plans to aggressively change the trajectory the trajectory of this epidemic; and
WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared that the COVID-19 outbreak should be characterized as pandemic; and
WHEREAS, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring the growing number of COVID-19 cases that have spread into the United States; and
WHEREAS, over 33,404 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the United States, including 400 deaths; and
WHEREAS, a large gathering of unidentifiable individuals without necessary mitigation for the spread of infection may pose a risk of the spread of infectious disease; and
WHEREAS, President Trump declared a national emergency on March 13, 2020; and
WHEREAS, Governor Greg Abbott declared a public health disaster on March 13, 2020; and
WHEREAS, the Center for Disease Control recommends that citizens stop handshaking, clean hands at the door, schedule regular hand washing, avoid touching faces and cover coughs and sneezes, disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly, and increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning; and
WHEREAS, the Center for Disease Control recommends the use of videoconferencing for meetings when possible, and adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings; and...

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