March 16, 2020 - Declaration of Public Health Emergency
The overall goal of the declaration is to encourage social distancing and to stop the potential spread of disease. The City is not trying to shut businesses or establishments down. The main objective is to limit large gatherings of people in a single confined space. This includes events held in City venues.
The exception excludes retail, restaurants, bars, etc. this was not the same kind of action as is being taken in other cities. Retail establishments such as restaurants, bars, grocery stores and shopping malls are not being shut down or being asked to close.
Churches are not exempt under the declaration. However there are a couple provisions that have to be considered to determine whether any specific church is affected. A community gathering is defined as a place where more than 50 people are present in the same room. However, if the space is large enough and people (or families really) can be spaced more than an arms length from each other then we will consider them to be compliant with the declaration. The point is to keep distance from each other to prevent rapid infections that will overwhelm our medical services.
Daycares or schools are not being closed. We are asking that you do not have more than 50 people in one room or in a confined space.
Protecting our citizens is the City of San Angelo’s number one priority. It is crucial that we take steps to ensure the health of our community and the effectiveness of local health care providers.
Ensuring the health of our community - Mayor Brenda Gunter
Protecting our citizens is the City of San Angelo’s number one priority right now. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the world, it is crucial that we take steps to ensure the health of our community and the effectiveness of local health care providers.
While we currently have zero reported cases of COVID-19, we want to ensure that we’re taking measures to prevent any spread of the disease should a positive case arise. In order to accomplish this, I am declaring a public health emergency in the City of San Angelo.
Our goal is to prevent and, if necessary, control the spread of the disease. This declaration prohibits gatherings of more than 50 people in one space, whether in a public or private space. This does not include places where citizens can be within at least one arm’s length of one another, such as grocery stores, transit stations, hospitals or shopping malls. The local health authority has determined that such measures will not only prevent or control the spread of the disease, it will also keep our health care resources from becoming overwhelmed.
We strongly encourage that citizens stay home as much as possible – especially if they feel sick – and as always, please practice good hygiene. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, use hand sanitizer and do not touch your face. Together as a community we will get through this. Let’s help each other out by being cautious and calm. There is no need to shop the grocery stores like the apocalypse is upon us. Buy only what you need and be considerate of your neighbors.
As a reminder, any positive case of coronavirus will be confirmed through the City Public Health Department and distributed to the public via the City Public Information office. Be sure to follow the City of San Angelo, Texas Facebook page or visit cosatx.us for all updates.
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