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Thank you! #PortIsabelCares ~ Proclamation FAQs

From the City of Port Isabel, THANK YOU!

Thank you for Sheltering in Place and protecting your friends, family and neighbors. Thank you for consciously and courteously social distancing while out on essential tasks. Thank you for your support of our local businesses and restaurants. While it will continue to take patience and endurance, you play THE most important role in the health of our community and the City of Port Isabel is very grateful! 

We’re continuing to update our Restaurant and Local Business information to keep you informed of where you can get food, supplies and services. If you have information we need to add, update or correct, please let us know!

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City of Port Isabel

UPDATE: Port Isabel Mayor issues proclamation with NEW restrictions, effective 4/2 5p.

NEW RESTRICTIONS regarding accommodations, numbers of persons upon any public roadway or waterway, boat ramp usage, shopping cart protocol, age restriction for shoppers, restrictions regarding trips outside the home, drive-thru and take out restrictions. [https://bit.ly/345ZN55]

FAQs

When does Proclamation 2020-4-2-1 go into effect? April 2, 2020 at 5 p.m and shall continue until April 8, 2020 11:59 pm, or until rescinded or modified.

Short term rentals: are prohibited from entering a new rental agreement. Some exceptions apply.

Transportation restrictions: no more than 2 people are allowed in private transportation on a roadway or waterway.

Fishing: is not prohibited, but anglers must keep restrictions regarding transportation, boat ramps and time of day into consideration.

Boat ramps: closed to the general public.

Shopping cart protocol: no more than two persons can use a single shopping cart.

Age restrictions in businesses selling groceries or staples: no persons under the age of 14 are allowed.

Essential travel restrictions: residents encouraged to minimize trips outside the home, restrict the trip to one person, persons with odd-numbered license plates should shop on odd-numbered days, even-numbered license plates on even-numbered days.

Public rights-of-way regulations: no person shall be upon public rights-of-way including waterways (includes the Port Isabel Side Channel), streets, sidewalk, alleys and parks, at any time. Full proclamation text: -No person shall be upon public rights-of-way, including waterways (added 4/2/2020) streets, sidewalks, alleys and parks at any time. The presence of any person who is not essential to the function of a public entity or business, or who is not seeking medical attention, upon any public right-of-way between the hours of 11:30 pm and 6:30 am shall be considered prima facie evidence of a violation of this order (added 4/2/2020). Exceptions include: walking and running between the hours of 6:30 am and 11:30 pm in compliance with social distancing rules (added 4/2/2020), personnel essential to the function of public entities or businesses, and persons traveling to obtain medical care, medication, food, staples of daily living or other essential services.

11:30 pm – 6:30 am: Being in a public right-of-way or waterway (includes the Port Isabel Side Channel) will be a violation of this order. Exceptions include walking or running in compliance to social distancing rules, personnel essential to the function of public entities or businesses, traveling to obtain medical care, medication, food, staples or other essential services.

Commercial business access: general public may only be upon its premises if they are seated in a vehicle. Some exceptions apply: laundromats, banks, hardware stores, medical providers, utilities, pharmacies, grocery stores, food service of takeout and delivery, exempted day cares, shipping/postal businesses, units of government, building work and landscaping.

Take-out restriction: no more than 10 people may congregate in take-out area, drive-thru and take-out must stay in their vehicles. Patrons on foot my stay 6 feet from each other. To minimize contact, payment is encouraged by telephone or electronic means and the order is placed on an open tailgate or vehicle trunk.

Previous restrictions effective March 20, 2020 6:00 am: remain in effect unless there is a conflict in which case this order shall supersede.


FULL PROCLAMATION 

3/20 Proclamation Declared: “Public consumption of food & drink, food service prohibited; see more…

Port Isabel stands with her community. City of Port Isabel.PROCLAMATION AT A GLANCE
Effective 3/21 6 a.m. 
• All bars, adult day cares, public fishing piers, excursion boats are prohibited from serving the public. All building permits are suspended, subject to exemptions by the building inspector for essential work.
• Public consumption of food and drink is prohibited
Effective 3/20 6 a.m. 
• Food service establishments are prohibited from offering dining room service.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Are there any changes in openings/closing of Public buildings and City parks?
• No. The City Hall (956-943-2682) and Municipal Courts (956-943-1281) are all operating during normal business hours, but offices and lobbies are closed.
Will garbage collection continue?
•  At this time garbage collection will continue on its regular schedule.
How do I get school lunches for my children since schools are closed until 4/3?
• Food Distribution – Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily as follows: Pick-Up Locations: Port Isabel High School, Derry Elementary, Garriga Elementary. Time: 11:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m.
Are the City Parks open?
• City Parks are closed until further notice. Gatherings of 10 or more are prohibited.
Are restaurants open?
• They are only open for drive thru, delivery and carry out. Dining rooms are closed. The self serve fountains in convenience stores are not allowed to operate.

City of Port IsabelSTATE OF TEXAS
COUNTY OF CAMERON

Proclamation 2020-3-20-1 [pdf]

BE IT KNOWN that on this, the 20th day of March, 2020, the Mayor of the City of Port Isabel, the Honorable Juan Jose “JJ” Zamora, has issued the following proclamation, and caused his hand and the seal of the city to be affixed to the same:

“An order implementing precautions related to COVID-19 (coronavirus).”

WHEREAS,  A state of emergency currently exists in the City of Port Isabel, and such emergency has been declared by the Mayor on March 13, 2020 and affirmed by the City Commission on March 17, 2020; and

WHEREAS,  Under ordinance 703, passed by the City Commission on March 17, 2020, and under the provisions of the Texas Disaster Act, the mayor is empowered to act as the city’s Emergency Management Director, and as executive officer of the governor, in enacting such regulations as may be necessary to preserve life and property; and

WHEREAS, I, Mayor Juan Jose “JJ” Zamora have found good cause due to the COVID-19 outbreak to issue the following order, which shall remain in effect for a period of 60 days, or until terminated, whichever is sooner.

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED, that the following regulations are hereby enacted, or re-issued, effective at 6:00 am on March 21, 2020. To the extent regulation previously-issued is in conflict with these regulations, this regulation shall control.

-All bars, adult day cares, public fishing piers, excursion boats are prohibited from serving the public. All building permits are suspended, subject to exemptions by the building inspector for essential work.

-Public consumption of food and drink is prohibited.

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED, that the following regulations are hereby enacted, or re-issued, effective at 6:00 am on March 20, 2020. To the extent  regulation previously-issued is in conflict with these regulations, this regulation shall control.

-Food service establishments are prohibited from offering dining room service.

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED, that the following regulations are hereby enacted, or re-issued, effective at 5:00 pm on March 19, 2020. To the extent regulation previously-issued is in conflict with these regulations, this regulation shall control.

-Food service establishments and bars will limit their seating by 50% of their current configuration, with a maximum of 50 patrons per establishment. This regulation shall be construed to limit both the maximum number of persons who may be served in the establishment and the maximum seating capacity of any table, booth or bar counter.

-Food service establishments and bars will have a minimum distance of 8 feet between tables, or a minimum distance of 6 feet between patrons seated at the bar.

-Dining rooms of food service establishments and all bars must close by 10:00 pm until 6:00 am. Last Call is 9:45 pm.

Drive-through and take-out will be allowed to remain open, so long as no more than 10 people congregate in the take-out area. Drive-through and take-out patrons are to be instructed to remain in their vehicles. If take-out patrons are on foot, they must be seated at last 6 feet from each other.

Restaurants are encouraged to implement procedures whereby take-out patrons pay via telephone or electronic means, and the order is placed in the open tailgate or trunk of the vehicle, to minimize contact between patrons and employees of the establishment.

-Business establishments will be allowed to designate one or more parking spaces for take-out; parking requirement based on occupancy are hereby waived to the extent they are affected by the designation of take out service. Take-out and drive-through food service is strongly encouraged and recommended, as is take out service for retail establishments.

-All dance floors, in bars and restaurants are closed. Live music and all DJ entertainment are prohibited.

-All buffet food service or self-serve service is prohibited.

-Hotels, motels and rental housing properties are required to completely sanitize all touch surfaces within a dwelling unit before it may be rented to the public.

-All public and private gatherings of more than 10 people for any other purpose are prohibited. Immediate family members, banks, medical, veterinary, food service, grocery stores, pharmacies, shipping stores and depots, as well as units of government, are exempt from this requirement. All establishments not subject to this exemption, including bars that do not offer food service and laundromats, shall enforce the limit of 10 persons, provide frequent sanitation of all frequently-touched hard surfaces (including counters, knobs, rails, faucets and point of sale systems) and provide hand sanitizer and hand washing facilities to patrons and staff.

Exempt facilities shall ensure that there is adequate separation between staff and patrons, and that the number of persons within the establishment at any time is no greater than 50 percent of approved capacity of the facility. Staff and patrons shall be provided with access to hand sanitizer and hand washing facilities, and shall periodically sanitize all hard surfaces subject to frequent contact by employees and patrons, including faucets, counters, rails, knobs, drive through canisters, point of sale terminals and switches.

Grocery stores and pharmacies shall sanitize the handles of shopping carts and baskets between each use, and shall frequently sanitize conveyors, point of sale terminals, and other surfaces exposed to customers. Such sanitation practices shall be subject to monitoring by the City of Port Isabel. The City of Port Isabel Health Inspector shall be empowered to close any establishment that does not comply with these regulations, or the operation of which poses a threat to public health and safety.

Childcare facilities may apply for an exemption to this requirement to the extent that children of medical personnel, teachers, foodservice workers, police offices, ambulance attendants, firefighters, other essential government personnel, pharmacy workers, transportation workers, sanitation worker or grocery store employees under the care of the facility cause the number of persons at the facility to exceed 10, provided that other measures are enacted to ensure health and safety under the approval of the City of Port Isabel Health Inspector.

Public, private and parochial schools shall be exempt from this order to the extent they are operating under the regulations of their governing authority.

The Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce and the Laguna Madre Youth Center are exempt from this order to the extent they are operating under the regulations of their governing authority and the City of Port Isabel.

-Nail salons, manicurists, pedicurists, barber shops, beauty parlors, estheticians, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, social clubs, gambling houses, reducing studios, gymnasiums, dance/exercise studios, martial arts/wrestling studios, and other establishments in which the City of Port Isabel Health Inspector determines that patrons come into frequent close or physical contact with staff and one another, are ordered to cease operation.

-Disposable cups, napkins, plates and utensils must be used for all service to food service and bar customers.

Cups shall not be refilled. Customers may also be served single-serving bottles or cans.

-Self-service soda fountains, bars, jugs and tureens; garnishes, fruit and straws for beverages; and, self-service trays, dispensers and containers for condiments, are prohibited in all food service and bar establishments.

Fuel service stations must sanitize fuel pumps every hour, preferably after each use.(Rescinded 3/20/2020)

Sanitizer must be available at the pumps. Stores attached to fuel service stations must adhere to the requirements in this order for grocery stores.

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED, that the City Commission of the City of Port Isabel has by Ordinance 703 prohibited any person from charging more than the price prevailing on March 13, 2020 for the following items:

(a)    groceries, beverages, toilet articles, ice and cleaning supplies

(b)    construction and building materials and supplies, and earthmoving equipment and machinery

(c)    electrical and gas generating and transmission equipment, parts and accessories

(d)    charcoal briquettes, matches, candles, lamp illumination and heat unit carbides, dry batteries, light bulbs, flashlights, and hand lanterns

(e)    hand tools (manual and power), hardware and household supplies, and equipment rental

(f)     automotive parts, supplies, and accessories

(g)    plumbing and electrical tools and supplies

(h)    apartment, duplex, multi-family dwelling, rooming house, hotel and motel rental

(i)     gasoline, diesel oil, motor oil, kerosene, grease, and automotive lubricants

(j)     restaurant, cafeteria, and boarding-house meals

(k)    services of roofing and building contractors, plumbers, electricians, mechanics, tree surgeons, and automobile wrecker companies

(l)     medicine, pharmaceutical, and medical equipment and supplies

(m)   blankets, quilts, bedspreads, bed linens, mattresses, bedsprings, bedsteads, towels, and toilet paper

(n)    furniture and clothing

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED, that the following definitions are hereby adopted for the purposes of the enforcement of this order:

-Food service establishment: a place that serves items for human consumption to the public. Includes “nutrition” and “wellness” establishments and clubs. May also serve liquor, beer or wine for consumption in conjunction with food service. Does not include kitchen or delivery of a public school, or of a government agency or instrumentality.

-Bar: a place that serves beer, liquor or wine to the public for consumption on the premises.

-Grocery store: a place that sells items for human consumption and staples of daily living to the public.

-Childcare facility: a place registered with the appropriate departments of the State of Texas for the care of children, but which is not a public, private or parochial school.

-School: an educational institution subject to the requirements of the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the US Department of Education, the US Department of Health and Human Services in which an organized curriculum is presented in requirement of federal or state law.

-Take-out: the provision of goods for consumption at a location other than the business premises.

-Dining room: a facility on or adjacent to the premises of a food service establishment for the consumption of food and drink.

-Public consumption: the consumption of food and drink in a public place, including streets, sidewalks, parks, parking lots or any other open space accessible to the public.

-Drive-through: the provision of goods to motor vehicle drivers for consumption at a location other than the business premises.

-Buffet: the style of serving in which pre-prepared dishes are presented to customers on a counter, table or rail.

-Self-Serve: served by the customer to him or herself from a common fixture, fountain or container.

-Frequent close or physical contact: touching, rubbing of clothed or unclothed body parts, or persistent, manual operation conducted less than arm’s length. Does not include activities conducted in a medical facility.

-Medical facility: a facility operated by or under the authority of a physician, psychologist, physical therapist, professional counselor (rescinded 3/20/2020), orthodontist or dentist licensed in the State of Texas.

-House of Worship: a place of religious observance.

-Governing authority: the Texas Education Agency, Texas Department of Agriculture, the US Health and Human Services Department, a school board, a board of directors, parish council, priest, minister, bishop or other similarly-recognized authority.

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED, that the City Commission has fixed a criminal penalty of $500 for any person who violates a provision of this order, or of Ordinance 703. Any officer of the City of Port Isabel, including health inspectors, police officers, fire marshalls, code enforcement officers and building inspectors, is authorized to enforce this ordinance.

DONE, this the 20th day of March 2020.

_____________________________
Hon. Juan Jose “JJ” Zamora, Mayor

ATTEST:

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Susie Alcocer, City Secretary