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Mayoral Limited Shelter in Place Order

Post Date:04/09/2020 10:00 AM


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WHEREAS, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of  Odessa is currently facing exposure of 
its citizens to this deadly virus, as well as tremendous economic losses; and,

WHEREAS,   pursuant  to  the  Texas  Disaster  Act  of  1975,  as   amended,  Texas Government 
Code, Chapter 418, (the "Texas Disaster Act"), the Mayor is designated as an Emergency Management 
Director of the City of Odessa, and may exercise the powers granted to the Governor on an 
appropriate local scale; and

WHEREAS, on March 18, 2020, pursuant to §418.108 of the Texas Government Code, the Mayor of the 
City of Odessa issued a declaration of local disaster due to public health emergency; and

WHEREAS, on March 25, 2020, the City Council of the City of Odessa unanimously approved a 
resolution that both ratified and updated the declaration of local disaster due to public health 
emergency; and

WHEREAS, Ector County has had 5 positive cases of the virus at the time of the drafting of this 
order; and

WHEREAS, it is critical for the City of Odessa to take additional steps to prepare for, respond  
to,  and  mitigate  the  spread  of  COVID-19  to  protect  the  health  and  welfare  of  the 
citizens of Odessa and the surrounding area;


Section 1.       That pursuant to §418.108(a) of the Texas Government Code, a local state of 
disaster and public health emergency is hereby declared for the City of Odessa and incorporated 

Section 2.       That pursuant to §418.108(b) of the Texas Government Code, the state of disaster 
and public health emergency shall continue for a period of not more than seven days from the date 
of this declaration unless continued or renewed by the City Council.

Section 3.       That  pursuant  to  §418.108(c)  of  the  Texas  Government  Code,  this 
declaration of a local state of disaster due to this public health emergency shall be given prompt 
and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the City Secretary.

Section 4.       That  pursuant  to  §418.108(d)  of  the  Texas  Government  Code,  this 
declaration of a local state of disaster due to this public health emergency activates the City of 
Odessa Emergency Management Plan.

Section 5.       That pursuant to §418.020(d) of the Texas Government Code, this order authorizes  
the  City  to:  (1)  temporarily or  permanently  acquire  by  lease,  purchase, or  other means 
sites required for temporary housing units or emergency shelters for disaster victims; and (2) 
enter into arrangements necessary to prepare or equip the sites for installation and use of 
temporary housing units or emergency shelters, including arrangements necessary for the
se of temporary housing units or emergency shelters.

Section 6.       That pursuant to §122.006 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, the City is 
authorized to take any actions necessary to promote health and suppress disease, including 
quarantine, examining and regulating hospitals. The City of Odessa hereby orders that those persons 
under investigation, persons under management, and quarantined persons remain within  the  confines 
 of  their  homes  or  in  safe,  secure  facilities  during  the  quarantine  period following 
their exposure to the virus.

Section 7.       That  pursuant  to  the  authority  granted  to  the  Mayor  under  the Texas 
Disaster Act, the use of all available resources of state government and political subdivisions to 
assist in the City's response to this situation are authorized.

Section 8.       That pursuant to Odessa City Code Article 1-11, the Mayor may exercise emergency 
powers including, but not limited to, implementing a curfew and ordering closures of businesses.

Section 9.       That pursuant to §418.016 of the Texas Government Code, all rules and regulations 
that may inhibit or prevent prompt response to this threat are suspended for the duration of the 

Section 10.     That pursuant to §418.108(f) of the Texas Government Code, the Mayor of the City of 
Odessa may order the evacuation of all or part of the population from a stricken or threatened area 
under the jurisdiction and authority of the county judge or mayor if the county judge or mayor 
considers the action necessary for the preservation of life or other disaster mitigation, response, 
or recovery.

Section 11.     That pursuant to §418.108(g) of the Texas Government Code, the Mayor of  the  City  
of  Odessa  may  control  ingress  to  and  egress  from  a  disaster  area  within  the 
incorporated  limits  of  the  City  of  Odessa  and  control  the  movement  of  persons  and  the 
occupancy of premises in that area.

Section 12.     Pursuant to §122.006 of the Health & Safety Code, the City of Odessa may adopt 
rules to protect the health of persons in the municipality, including quarantine rules to protect 
the residents against communicable disease.

Section 13.     No gatherings larger than ten (10) people, public or private, are allowed with the 
exception of Essential Activities as defined in Section 16 below.

Section 14.     All businesses or operations located within the incorporated limits of the City of 
Odessa, except Essential Businesses and Essential Government Functions, as defined in Section 16 
below, for which social distancing guidelines are impractical or impossible, are hereby  prohibited 
 and  are  ordered  to  cease  operation  and  close  except  Minimum  Basic Operations as defined 
in Section 16 below.

a.          Non-essential  Personal  Services  Businesses.  Businesses  which  engage  in direct, 
person-to-person services to the public which are not time-sensitive and which  are  not  required  
for  the  immediate  health  or  safety  of  the  recipient, including, but not limited to, hair 
and nail salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, piercing  businesses,  tanning  salons,  hair  
removal  waxing  businesses,  gym facilities and fitness centers, and massage parlors;
b.          Non-essential Retail Establishments. Retail businesses which do not primarily sell or 
provide the products or services described in 16, below;
c.         Commercial  amusement  facilities,  entertainment  venues,  game  rooms,  park equipment 
and pavilions, the City of Odessa’s Ruben Pier Memorial Skatepark, Ratliff Ranch Golf Links (golf 
course).  All other golf courses should restrict to one person per cart, use measures to prevent 
patrons from having contact with flag  and  or  hole  pins,  and  ensure  that  patrons  follow  the  social  distancing guidelines;
d.          Group  Meeting  Spaces.  Meeting  rooms,  ballrooms,  conference  centers,  or event 
spaces operated by multi-family apartment complexes or hotels.

Section 15.     All  Essential  Businesses,  Essential  Government  Service,  and  Critical 
Infrastructure are strongly encouraged to remain open, especially those that provide the basic 
necessities for food water, and shelter. To the greatest extent feasible, Essential Businesses 
shall comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in Section 16 below.

This Order shall not be construed to hinder the ability of the industries identified in the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency's ("CISA") Essential 
Critical Infrastructure Workforce Memorandum dated March 19, 2020, incorporated in this Order by 
reference as Exhibit A, to continue their operation appropriately modified to account  for  CDC  
workforce  and  consumer  protection  guidance,  and  the  list  of  industries identified on that 
memorandum is incorporated in this Order by reference.

Section 16.     Definitions and Exemptions.

a.         Essential Activities. For purposes of this Order, individuals  may leave their residence 
only to perform any of the following "Essential Activities." But people at high risk of severe 
illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick are urged to stay in their residence to the extent 
possible, except as necessary to seek medical care.
(1)        For Health and Safety. Individuals may engage in activities or perform tasks essential 
to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members 
(including, but not limited to, pets), to work for or obtain services at any "Healthcare 
Operations," as defined in Section 16 f, below;
(2)        For Necessary Supplies and Services. Individuals may obtain necessary services  or  
supplies  for  themselves  and  their  family  or  household members, or to deliver those services 
or supplies to others, such as, by way of example only and without limitation, groceries and food, 
including pet supplies and food, supplies they need to work from home, household consumer  
products,  and  products  necessary  to  maintain  the  safety, sanitation, and essential operation 
of residences;
(3)        For Outdoor Activity. Individuals may engage in outdoor activity, such as, by way of 
example and without limitation, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running,   provided   the   
individuals   comply   with   Social   Distancing Requirements as defined in this section. 
Individuals shall not use public playground equipment, public picnic tables, public basketball 
courts, and other public sports and recreational equipment;
(4)        For  Certain  Types  of  Work.  Individuals  may  perform  work  providing essential 
products and services at an Essential Business, Government Service,  or  Critical  Infrastructure,  
or  to  otherwise  carry  out  activities specifically permitted in this Order, including Minimum 
Basic Operations; or
(5)        To Take Care of Others. Individuals may care for a family member or pet in another 
b.         Essential  Critical  Infrastructure. As  defined  in  Exhibit A,  including,  but  not 
limited  to,  public  works  construction;  residential,  commercial,  and  school construction; 
airlines and airport operations; critical trades such as water, sewer, gas, electrical, plumbing, 
exterminators, pool cleaners; oil and gas operations; roads and highways, public transportation; 
solid waste collection and removal;defense and national security-related operations, and essential manufacturing operations; and any 
other services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of 
residences and businesses.
c.         Essential   Government   Functions.   All   sworn   Police   Department,   Fire 
Department,   and   Emergency   Medical   Services   personnel,   emergency management personnel, 
and emergency dispatchers; essential court personnel, legal  personnel;  child  protection  and  
child  welfare  personnel;  all  military personnel; all personnel working for companies (including 
their subcontractors) who perform under contract to the Department of Defense providing materials 
and services to the Department of Defense; all personnel working for companies (including  their  
subcontractors)  who  perform  work  under  contract  to  State  or Federal Governmental Entities 
for which they are required under state or federal law to remain open; and all law enforcement 
personnel, housing and shelter personnel, and others working for or to support Essential Businesses 
or Critical Infrastructure  are  categorically  exempt  from  this  Order. This  Order  does  not 
apply to the Federal or State Government.
For  purposes  of  this  Order,  "Essential  Government  Functions"  means  all services  and  
agencies  needed  to  ensure  the  continuing  operation  of  the government  agencies  and  
provide  for  the  health,  safety  and  welfare  of  the public. The City Manager shall determine 
its Essential Government Functions for  the  City  and  identify  employees  and/or  contractors  
necessary  to  perform those functions. To the extent feasible, all Essential Governmental 
Functions shall  be  performed  in  compliance  with  Social  Distancing  Requirements  as defined 
in this section.
d.         Businesses Covered by this Order. For the purposes of this Order, covered businesses 
include any for-profit, non-profit, or educational entities, regardless of the nature of the 
service, the function they perform, or its corporate or entity structure.
e.         Essential Businesses. The following businesses are hereby deemed essential and may 
continue to operate, provided federal and CDC guidelines are followed, including affirmative steps 
to ensure that  Social Distancing Requirements  as defined herein are followed. It is recommended 
that businesses limit customers to no more than 100 persons or 50% of the posted occupancy limit, 
whichever is less, and place marks on the floor or in other visible places throughout the business 
to help customers respect the minimum distance allowed.
(1)        Stores that sell Groceries and Certain Other Essential Supplies. Grocery stores, 
supermarkets, big-box stores, food banks, convenience stores, liquor  stores  and  other  
establishments  engaged  in  the  retail  sale  of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and 
vegetables, pet supplies, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products 
(such as cleaning and personal care products). This includes stores that sell  groceries  and  also 
sell  other non-grocery products,  and  products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, 
and essential operation of residences;
(2)        Food  Cultivation.  Food  cultivation,  including  farming  livestock,  and fishing;
(3)        Social Services and Charitable Organizations. Businesses that provide food,  shelter  
(including  homeless),  and  social  services,  and  other necessities of life for economically 
disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals;
(4)        News  Media.  Newspapers,  television,  radio,  and  other  news  media services;
(5)        Gas Stations and Businesses Needed for Transportation. Gas stations, auto-manufacturing 
and assembly, auto mechanics, auto supply, auto- repair, and other related facilities;
(6)        Financial Institutions. Banks and related financial institutions, consumer lenders,  
sales  and  finance  lenders,  credit  unions,  appraisers,  title companies,   pawn   shops,   
entities   that   issue   bonds,   insurance companies, underwriters, agents, brokers, and related 
insurance claims and agents;
(7)        Hardware and Supply Stores. Hardware stores and businesses that sell electrical, 
plumbing, and other material necessary to support Essential Businesses,    Critical    
Infrastructure,    and    Essential    Government Functions;
(8)        Mail and Delivery Services. Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, 
including post office boxes;
(9)        Laundry  Services.  Laundromats,  dry  cleaners,  and  laundry  service providers;
(10)      Restaurants  for  Consumption  Off-Premises.  Restaurants  and  other facilities that 
prepare and serve food or alcohol, but only for  delivery, drive-through, or carry out. All 
individuals who obtain food or beverages from these establishments are required to leave the  
premises of said establishment  within  five  minutes  of  receiving  their  food  or beverage. 
Premises  of  these  establishments  includes  all  indoor  and  outdoor facilities, including 
parking lots. Individuals shall  not consume food or beverages on the premises of any establishment 
regulated under this subsection. Truck drivers holding CDL licenses and who are operating a 
semi-tractor-trailer truck for commercial purposes are exempt from the food requirements of this 
subsection while they are on the premises of any truck stop or travel center. Said truck drivers 
are limited to eating only  in  their  semi-trucks  while  on  said  premises.  Schools  and  other 
entities that typically provide free food services to students or members of the public may 
continue to do so under this Order on the condition that the food is provided to students or 
members of the public on a pickup and take-away basis only. Schools and other entities that provide 
food services under this exemption shall not permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is 
provided, or at any other gathering site;
(11)      Supplies to Work from Home. Businesses that supply products needed for people to work 
from home;
(12)      Supplies for Essential Businesses, Essential Critical Infrastructure and
 Essential   Government   Functions.   Businesses   that   supply   other Essential  Businesses,  
Essential  Critical  Infrastructure,  and  Essential Government  Functions  with  the  support,  
supplies,  or  components necessary to operate, including but not limited to computers, audio and 
video  electronics,  microelectronics,  semiconductors,  hardware,  paint, electrical    and    
plumbing    material,    sanitary    equipment,    medical equipment, and food and beverages;
(13)      Food Delivery Services. Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or 
services directly to residences;
(14)      Transportation. Aircraft, taxis, and other private transportation providers (such as Uber 
and Lyft) that provide transportation services necessary for   the   performance   of   Essential  
Activities,   Essential   Businesses, Essential  Critical  Infrastructure,  Essential  Government  
Functions,  or Essential Travel;
(15)      Home-Based Care and Services. Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children, including 
caregivers who may travel to provide care;
(16)      Residential Facilities and Shelters. Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, 
adults, children, and animals;
(17)      Professional   Services.   Professional   services,   such   as   legal   or accounting 
services, and insurance services when necessary to assist in  compliance  with  legally  mandated  
activities  or  to  further  Essential Businesses,   Essential   Government   functions,   or   
Essential   Critical Infrastructure;
(18)      Real Estate Services. Services related to the marketing, sale, lease, or value of real 
estate, including but not limited to real estate brokers, title companies, surveyors, and/or 
appraisers, except that all activities shall be  performed  in  compliance  with  Social  
Distancing  Requirements  as defined herein.
(19)      Lawn Maintenance Services. Essential lawn maintenance services are limited to the mowing 
of weeds and grass and to the emergency removal of trees that pose a health and safety hazard.
(20)      Automobile Dealerships. Car dealerships may provide repairs and parts services. Car 
dealers may remain open only for individuals who need to purchase vehicles to perform Essential 
Functions and Essential Travel and  for  businesses  that  need  vehicles  for  Essential  Business 
 and Essential Government Functions. Showrooms are to be open to such individuals by appointment 
(21)      Information Technology Services. IT and IT services and their essential services vendors, 
including the provision of essential  global, national, and local infrastructure for computing 
services, business infrastructure, communications,  web-based  services,  and  critical  
manufacturing,  as well     as     telecommunications     services,     internet     access,     
and broadband/communications services;
(22)      Moving   Supply   Services.   Businesses   that   provide   rental   and/or commercial 
moving services and necessary moving supplies;
(23)      Hotels and Motels. Hotels and motels, to the extent used for lodging or delivery or 
carry-out food services;
(24)      Funeral,  mortuary,  cremation,  burial,  cemetery,  related  services,  and
 weddings,  provided  that  social  distancing  of  six  feet  per  person  is maintained to the 
greatest extent possible and no more  than ten (10) persons are present during the activity;
(25)      Educational  Institutions.  Educational  institutions-including  public  and private   
K-12   schools,   colleges,   and   universities   for   purposes   of facilitating distance 
learning, performing critical research, or performing other essential functions, provided that 
social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible; and,
(26)      Childcare  Facilities.  Childcare  facilities  providing  services  that  enable 
individuals exempted in this Order to work as permitted. To the extent possible, childcare 
facilities must operate under the following mandatory conditions;
i.    Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 10 or fewer ("stable" means that the same 
10 or fewer children are in the  same group each day);
ii.   Children shall not change from one group to another;
iii.  If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a 
separate room. Groups shall not mix with each other.
iv.  Childcare providers shall remain solely with one group of children.

f.          Healthcare  Operations.  Healthcare  Operations  and  Critical  Infrastructure, 
including but not limited to caregivers, hospital and laboratory personnel, and pharmacy   
employees,   including   hospitals,   clinics,   dentists,   pharmacies, pharmaceutical   and   
biotechnology   companies,   other   healthcare   facilities, healthcare   suppliers,   home   
healthcare   services   providers,   mental   health providers,  and  related  retail  sales  or  
any  related  and/or  ancillary  healthcare services.
"Healthcare Operations" also includes veterinary care and all healthcare and life-saving services 
provided to animals. This shall be construed broadly to avoid any   impacts   to   the   delivery   
of   healthcare,   broadly   defined.   "Healthcare Operations" does not include fitness and 
exercise gyms or other similar facilities and  does  not  include  retail  outlets  that  
specialize  in  the  selling  of  electronic cigarette products or cannabidiol products;
g.         Minimum Basic Operations. For the purposes of this Order, "Minimum Basic Operations" 
include the following, provided that employees comply with Social Distancing Requirements as 
defined in this section, to the extent possible, while carrying out such operations:
(1)       The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business's inventory, 
ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions; or
(2)       The minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to 
continue to work remotely from their residences.
h.         Essential Travel. For the purposes of this Order, "Essential Travel" includes travel for 
any of the following purposes. Individuals engaged in any Essential Travel must comply with all 
Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this section.
(1)       Any travel related to the provision of or access to Essential Activities, essential  
Governmental  Functions,  Essential  Businesses,  Essential Critical Infrastructure, or Minimum 
Basic Operations;
(2)       Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other 
vulnerable persons;
(3)       Travel  to  or  from  educational  institutions  for  purposes  of  receiving materials 
for distance learning, for receiving meals, or any other related services;
(4)       Travel  to  retain  from  or  to  a  place  of  residence  from  outside  the 
jurisdiction (e.g., returning home from a closing university);
(5)       Travel required by law enforcement or court order;
(6)       Travel  by  church  staff/clergy  for  the  purpose  of  producing  of  remote delivery 
of religious services or other ministries requiring travel; or,
(7)       Travel  required  for  non-residents  to  return  to  their  place  of residence outside 
the City. Individuals are strongly encouraged to verify that their transportation out of the City 
remains available and functional prior to commencing such travel.
i.          Residences.  For  purposes  of  this  Order,  residences  include  single  family 
homes, multiple family homes, hotels, motels, shared rental units, and similar facilities. Homeless 
citizens should seek local shelter.
j.          Social   Distancing   Requirements.   For   purposes   of   this   Order,   Social 
Distancing Requirements  include  only leave  home  if  you  absolutely  have  to, maintain at 
least a six-foot distance from other individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 
seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes into the 
sleeve or elbow (not hands) or with a tissue, then throw the tissue away, regularly cleaning high 
touch surfaces, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, and not shaking hands.

Section 17.     The Ector County Health Department may require additional sanitation and social 
distancing practices for any business which remains open.
Section 18.     The Mayor may update the restrictions set out in this order as necessary to respond 
to the evolving circumstances of this outbreak.

Section 19.     Pursuant to Odessa City Code §1-11-5, the duties and powers of the chief of police, 
the chief of the fire department and the fire marshal are hereby amended such that if the owner or 
person responsible for the condition of a building or structure or premises, whether a resident or 
nonresident of the city, fails to comply with the order of the chief of police, the chief of the 
fire department and the fire marshal, to limit social gatherings in compliance with this order in 
or on the building or structure or on the lot, tract or parcel of land or premises where  such  
health  hazard  exists,  as  directed  by  the  chief  of  police,  the  chief  of  the  fire 
department and the fire marshal, the chief of police, the chief of the fire department and the fire 
marshal may abate the use of nonresidential buildings or structures, and to that end the chief of 
police, the chief of the fire department and the fire marshal shall have authority to close said 
nonresidential building or structure and to prevent its use or occupancy until the order of the 
chief of police, the chief of the fire department and the fire marshal has been complied with.

Section 20.     Pursuant to Odessa City Code §1-11-9 it shall be unlawful for any person willfully 
to obstruct, hinder, or delay any member of the emergency management organization in the 
enforcement of any rule or regulation issued pursuant to this article, or to do any act forbidden 
by any rule or regulation issued pursuant to the authority contained in this order.

Section 21.     Pursuant to §418.173 of the Government Code, failure to comply with an emergency 
management plan or with a rule, order, or ordinance adopted under the plan is an offense, 
punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days.

Section 22.     Peace   officers,   the   Odessa   Police   Department   and   Odessa   Fire 
Marshall's Office, are hereby authorized to enforce this order.

Section 23.     This proclamation shall supersede the declaration of local disaster due to  public  
health  emergency  issued  on  March  18,  2020,  and  shall  take  effect  at  11:59  p.m. Monday, 
March 30, 2020.

ORDERED this 30   day of March, 2020.

David R. Turner, Mayor

Norma A. Grimaldo, City Secretary

 Complete Mayoral Limited Shelter in Place Order Document

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