At the scheduled City Council meeting on April 6, Mayor David Hill repealed the order he gave on March 25 and instead issued a declaration that supports the Executive Order GA-14 issued by Governor Abbott on March 31.
The previous Disaster Declaration Order was to be in effect for the next 30 days. However, the new declaration that supports the Executive Order GA-14, now extends the time until April 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. This order also replaces the previous order issued by the City of Waxahachie on March 25.
“Essentially what the City declaration accomplishes is to put our guidelines in line with those that Governor Abbott has issued for the entire state. It’s important that not only our community, but the entire state be on the same page to stop the spread of this virus,” said Mayor David Hill.
According to a press release, “The restrictions include remaining home unless obtaining or providing for essential services. Essential services include such activities as accessing grocery stores, gas stations, essential supplies, and participating in outdoor fitness activities so long as precautions are taken to minimize in-person contact. Additionally, this order continues to endorse avoiding sit-down dining establishments and instead utilize take out or delivery options for prepared food. Gyms, cosmetology and salons also should be avoided at this time. All employers are also encouraged to offer remote work from home opportunities for their employees when possible.”
“This is a tough time for everyone, and our City leaders recognize that. We are fortunate to live in a great community, and we must all do our part to get through it together. This means staying home, practicing social distancing and good hygiene, washing our hands and being respectful of our neighbors,” said City Manager Michael Scott.
This new order also states that houses of worship are only to hold in-person services if they are not able to use online resources. If services cannot be held virtually, then social distancing, sanitation and environmental cleanliness practices should be established.
City Hall will remain closed to the public, but primary staff are on hand to serve citizens though phone and email.