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News from the Mayor Archive

May 20

National EMS Week May 17-23, 2020

Posted on May 20, 2020 at 9:48 AM by John Shelton

May 17–23, 2020, is National EMS Week. During this week, the City of Corsicana would like to recognize the dedication and the commitment of EMS professionals across Corsicana and Navarro County. These individuals are the day-to-day heroes on the “front-line” of lifesaving medicines and procedures that help to keep our community safe and healthy.

This is a time to remind everyone of the brave women and men who go to work every day with little concern for themselves. Together with public safety and public health employees, they are a vital link in the chain of survival. Having to adapt to ever-changing circumstances, they put their lives on the line to provide high quality emergency care. During the outbreak of COVID-19 EMS professionals have proven again and again the vital role they have in protecting the residents of Corsicana.

Please take this week to reflect on the character that it takes to provide the care and attention to the public. Recognize Corsicana EMS professionals and remember the sacrifices they and their families have made and continue to make for all of us.
May 19

Governor's Open Texas Phase II

Posted on May 19, 2020 at 9:23 AM by John Shelton

On Monday, May 18, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott announced Phase II to reopen Texas. This letter serves as guidance on the businesses and activities that may reopen with associated dates and requirements.

Beginning today, May 18, 2020, the following openings are allowed:

• Gyms may reopen.
• Businesses in office buildings may reopen with the greater of 10 employees or 25% of the workforce.
• Child Care Services may reopen. (Please see the extensive list of enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures.)
• Massage and other personal care and beauty services.
• Youth club meetings (Boy/Girl Scout, FFA, etc.) – No more than 10 individuals with social distancing guidelines in force.
• Non-CISA manufacturing at 25% capacity.

On May 22, 2020, the following will become effective:

• Many businesses that are listed on gov.tx.gov/opentexas may open.
• Restaurants may open to 50% capacity (not including outdoor seating) as long as social distancing is maintained.
• Bars and Breweries may open to 25% of capacity (not including outdoor seating) as long as social distancing is maintained.
• Drive-In Concerts and Bowling Alleys and Skating Rinks may reopen at 25% capacity.
• Rodeo and Equestrian Events at 25% capacity.

On May 31, 2020, the following will be allowed to resume:

• Youth Sports Practices - No spectators other than one parent or guardian per participant (June 15 expected date for holding games with or without spectators).
• Scout Camps – Day/Overnight Youth Camps
• Vacation Bible Schools
• 4-H camps
• Professional Sports to include:

 - Golf
 - Race Cars
 - Baseball
 - Football

On June 1, 2020, Summer School can reconvene.

To obtain more information and a complete listing of businesses that may reopen please visit gov.tx.gov/opentexas. This website also lists the Minimum Standard Health Protocols that must be followed to safely conduct operations.

Our first priority is your safety. This information is part of our ongoing effort to provide as much detail as possible regarding the current COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact the Corsicana Government Center at 903-654-4803 for further information.
May 06

Modifications to the COVID-19 Disaster Declaration beginning May 8, 2020

Posted on May 6, 2020 at 12:13 PM by Erica Stubbs

With the recent announcement from Governor Greg Abbott, the State of Texas will modify restrictions under the current COVID-19 Disaster Declaration. Beginning on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., hair salons, barber shops and nail salons may open but are not required to open. Guidelines to be followed are:

- One customer per stylist.
- Appointment system only is recommended.
- If allowing walk-ins, customers are allowed to wait inside only if they are keeping six feet of separation.
- Six feet of separation between stations.
- Wearing facemasks is strongly recommended.

The Governor also clarified social distancing:

- Funerals, memorials, burials, and weddings should be treated the same as church-type gatherings with regard to limited seating arrangements. At-risk populations are strongly encouraged to participate remotely.
- Park-like settings such as beaches, lakes, and rivers (including river-rafting) should follow the same guidelines as required for parks regarding social distancing.
- The 25 percent seating capacity limitation applicable to restaurants applies only to indoor seating, not outdoor seating. However, outdoor seating must comply with distancing standards.

The Governor announced that gyms and exercise facilities may open beginning on May 18. The Governor stated at his press conference that the following applies:

- Gyms may not operate at more than 25 percent capacity (this doesn’t include outside activity).
- Showers and locker rooms must remain closed.
- Equipment must be disinfected after each use.
- Customers must wear gloves that cover fingers.
- Must maintain six foot social distancing inside the gym.
- If a customer brings equipment, like a yoga mat, the equipment must be disinfected before and after use.

The attached document provides guidance for Employers, Employee, and Customers of Reopened Businesses. For more information, please visit following links:

https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-18_expanded_reopening_of_services_COVID-19.pdf

https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/OpenTexas-Report.pdf

It is prudent for each of us to take personal responsibility and take the appropriate precautions to sufficiently protect yourself and others. Citizens should limit personal contact and use personal protective equipment, such as masks, as much as possible.

The City offices will continue to serve the citizens by telephone and drive-through window. The Library will begin to offer curbside service beginning Monday, May 11, 2020. If you have questions, please contact (903) 654-4803.