West University Mayor Bob Higley signed a Declaration of a Local State of Disaster Due to Public Health Emergency Tuesday (March 17) that gives the city powers to enforce the 10-person federal limit for public gatherings, to quarantine individuals and occupied buildings, regulate who comes into and leaves the city, and makes violations punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and as much as six months in jail.
The declaration, which is in response to the fast-growing global COVID-19 pandemic, activates West U’s emergency management plan and will stay in effect for seven days, when City Council must renew or extend it.
A statement from the city said council will consider an extension at a March 23 meeting, “which will be held remotely to comply with the size requirements and to minimize exposure of residents and employees.”
Gov. Greg Abbott signed a State Declaration of Disaster for all Texas counties last Friday.
City Secretary Thelma Gilliam has been designated as the point person to answer questions about the declaration. She is reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 713-662-5813.
The full declaration is available here.