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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.
Missouri City officials and staff are continuing to work closely with local, state and federal experts to implement proactive measures that will ensure the safety of citizens and stakeholders. To further assist all MCTX constituencies during this public health crisis, click the link below to read some frequently asked questions and associated responses:
The City of Missouri City received notification today (Saturday, March 28) that an individualwho attended the March 16, 2020 Special and Regular Missouri City Council Meetings hastested positive for COVID-19. The City’s thoughts and support are with the individual.
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 residenceLeave their residences only for essential activitiesFollow social distancing of at least six feet if using outdoor spaces like parks, grocery storesThe orders also:Prohibit all public or private gatherings of any number of peopleClose 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.
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.
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:
To further assure public safety during the COVID-19 global health crisis that is impacting the region, Missouri City officials have proactively decided to close Municipal Court from Tuesday, March 17 through Thursday, March 26, in accordance with public gathering guidelines from federal, state and local partners.
In the meantime, the Court’s lobby service area, located at 3845 Cartwright Rd., will remain open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday if customers need assistance. Also, the following opportunities remain available for payments: The public may call 281.403.8669 and speak with a staff member; The public may pay online via this City website link: http://bit.ly/2Ndplor. Individuals may pay or request defensive driving online through the same link; The public may continue to utilize the drop box located to the left of the Court entrance; it is accessible 24-hours a day
MCTX took additional proactive actions today to further safeguard public health and safety during the ongoing coronavirus public health crisis. As of today, Friday, March 13 the following changes are in effect:
All Fire Station tours and visits are suspended until further notice. For questions, please call 281.403.8700.
The Citizens Police & Fire Academy is postponed. For questions, please call 281.403.5819.
MCTX Leadership Luncheon honoring International Women’s Month that was scheduled for March 31 will be rescheduled.
The Recreation & Tennis Center, 2701 Cypress Point Drive will be closed starting today, March 13, at the end of business through Sunday, March 29. All events, programs and room rentals at the Recreation & Tennis Center will be cancelled during this timeframe.
Other operational updates, include:
All City parks are still open to public. New pavilion rentals will not be available during the next two weeks; however, existing rentals will not be cancelled.
The MCTX Municipal Court, 3845 Cartwright Rd., will remain open for business operations due to staff estimates that dockets will not exceed a gathering of 250 people as is recommended in the public health emergency guidelines.
The Quail Valley Golf Course & City Centre, 2880 La Quinta Dr., will maintain operations utilizing the guidelines and recommendations set by Fort Bend and Harris Counties.
Residents who participate in the Municipal Solid Waste and Recycling Program will receive regular service as scheduled.
MCTX officials are closely monitoring COVID-19 and are working with local, state and federal agencies to manage the pandemic in this region. Based on recent updates, including the “Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency” in Fort Bend and Harris Counties, the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been activated to Level III.