Aransas County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills, Rockport Mayor Pat Rios, and Fulton Mayor Kelli Cole have issued an amended order to stay at home.

It was effective Friday, June 5.

(Note: The amended order was posted to The Rockport Pilot’s Facebook page that day.)

The new order reads:

1. Effective immediately and continuing until superseded:

(a) Every person in Texas shall, minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. People over the age of 65, however, are strongly encouraged to stay at home as much as possible; to maintain appropriate distance from any member of the household who has been out of the residence in the previous 14 days; and, if leaving the home, to implement social distancing and to practice good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation.

(b) Every individual should practice social distancing of at least six feet with people who are not in the same household. Individuals should avoid being in a group of 10 individuals (including those within the individual’s household). Within these groups, individuals should, to the extent possible, minimize in-person contact with others not in the individual’s household. Minimizing in-person contact includes maintaining 6 feet of separation from individuals. When maintaining 6 feet of separation is not feasible, other methods should be utilized to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing a face covering or mask, washing or sanitizing hands frequently, and avoiding sharing utensils or other common objects.

(c) All short-term rental locations can return to normal business as long as they are in compliance with CDC and Texas OHS guidelines.

(d) Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s GA-26 allowed County Judges with ten or fewer laboratory confirmed cases to provide attestation and Aransas County Judge Mills was approved to allow certain businesses listed below to increase their capacity levels from 50% to 75%.

(e) All of the businesses identified in Section 1.(f) - l.(n ) are required to follow the minimum protocols set by Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Phase III of The Governor’s Report to Open Texas.

(f) Effective June 3, 2020 all Barber Shops, Cosmetology Salons, Hair Salons, Nail Salons, and Tanning Salons may operate provided they can ensure at least 6 feet social distancing between operating work stations along with the other requirements to include but not limited to: clients encouraged to wait outside or in a vehicle, no additional people to attend with the client, and make hand sanitizer or washing station available.

(g) Effective June 3, 2020 all Adult Recreational Sports may operate and should maintain at least 6 feet social distancing from individuals. Outdoor Motorsport and Rodeo/Equestrian events may operate up to 75% of normal limits provided they facilitate appropriate social distancing. Individuals may engage in Outdoor Sports, provided they do not include contact with other participants and no more than 4 participants play the sport at any time.

(h) Effective June 3, 2020 all Bars may operate at 75% of capacity and only serve those customers who are seated. There is no occupancy limit for outdoor bars or similar establishments.

(i) Effective June 3, 2020 all Day Youth Camps, and Overnight Youth Camps should follow the Health and Safety Protocols updated and based on guidance from the CDC and/or American Academy of Pediatrics.

(j) Effective June 3, 2020 all Bowling Alleys, Bingo Halls, Simulcasting, Skating Rinks, Driving Schools, Gyms and Exercise Facilities, Manufacturers, Movie Theaters, Museums and Libraries, Restaurants, Retailers, Youth Clubs, Zoo, Aquariums, Natural Caverns, and Similar Facilities may operate up to 75% of the total listed occupancy.

(k) Effective June 3, 2020 employers may operate their offices with up to the greater of 10 individuals or 75% of the total office occupancy, provided they maintain appropriate social distancing.

(l) Effective June 3, 2020 While Parks, Beaches, Rivers, and Lakes may be open, Swimming Pools may operate up to 75% of capacity while meeting the minimum health protocols.

(m) Effective June 3, 2020 Wedding and Reception indoor venues are limited to 75% capacity while outside venues are not subject to occupancy limits.

(n) Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s GA-19 allows elective medical, surgical and dental procedures to continue with at least 15% of the hospital’s capacity for treatment of COVID-19 patients.

(o) All public beaches, boat launches, boat ramps, bulkheads, docks, piers, and wharfs within the geographic boundaries of Aransas County, the city limits of Rockport, and the town limits of Fulton are now open.

(p) Beginning May 4, the Aransas County Courthouse opened to the public with certain limitations. Please visit the website for information. The offices of the City of Rockport and Town of Fulton will remain closed to the public until further notice.

(q) Effective June 15, 2020 all City of Rockport parks will be open to the public with reduced hours and certain areas being roped off for safety and during multiple cleaning processes. All Town of Fulton parks are open with limited equipment as a safety precaution.

(r) There is no curfew at this time.

2. Nursing homes, retirement, and long-term care facilities are instructed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to prohibit non-essential visitors from accessing their facilities unless to provide critical assistance or for end-of-life visitation.

3. Additionally, the Offices of the Aransas County Judge, Mayor of Rockport, and Mayor of Fulton, instructs all employees to remain at home if sick, and to promptly communicate with an appropriate health care professional.

4. This Order shall be effective until it is either rescinded, superseded, or amended pursuant to applicable law.

5. The County of Aransas, City of Rockport, and the Town of Fulton must promptly provide copies of this Order by posting in front of their respective posting locations, posting on their respective websites and to provide a copy to any member of the public asking for a copy. In addition, the owner, manager, or operator of any facility that is likely to be impacted by this Order is strongly encouraged to post a copy of this Order onsite. If any subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this Order or any application of it to any person, structure, gathering, or circumstance is held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a decision of a court of competent jurisdiction, then such a decision will not affect the validity of the remaining portions or applications of this Order.

6. This Order of Aransas County Judge C.H. Burt Mills, Jr., Rockport Mayor Patrick R. Rios, and Fulton Mayor Kelli Cole applies to all incorporated and unincorporated areas of their respective County/City/Town. To the extent of a conflict between decisions of Aransas County Judge C.H. Burt Mills, Jr., and a Mayor of any city within the geographic boundaries of Aransas County, the decisions set forth in this Order prevail (to the fullest extent allowed by law pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 418.108(h).

7. A violation of this Order to Stay At Home is a violation of the emergency management plans of Aransas County, the City of Rockport, and the Town of Fulton. A violation by any person of any provision of this Order to Stay At Home is punishable by a fine of up to $500 per violation and separate day of violation, and additional amount as authorized by law. A second offense after warning in which intent to commit all elements of an act prohibited herein is proven may result in a fine of up to $1,000 per violation.

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