Well things are looking better in our community. There have not been any new reported COVID-19 cases in our community. Governor Abbott announced phase 2 on opening the Texas economy. Our local businesses are responding accordingly and operating within the guidelines set to help prevent the spread of the virus. I ask everyone to do their due diligence to continue to practice social distancing and sanitary procedures. We are making progress. The virus is not going away anytime soon. It will linger around until a vaccine is developed and even then, the vaccines will need to be distributed to everyone to prevent another local and world pandemic. So we need to continue to protect ourselves for unnecessary potential exposure. Eventually we will return to a somewhat normal way of doing everyday activities, but the protection procedures will remain in place. Every precautionary step taken helps prevent the spread and reoccurrence of the pandemic outbreak. We need to make sure we do not fall back and be forced to go into another lock down. We also do not want to live in fear; just need to be cautious.
My Mayoral State of Disaster and Emergency Public Health Declaration will expire on May 23, 2020. The city will continue to follow Governor’s executive orders and guidelines until the he ends the State’s State of Disaster Declaration.
On a more positive note, this past Saturday, there was a parade in Poteet to recognize the Poteet High School graduating 2020 Senior Class. The parade route went through the city’s residential neighborhoods. There was a great display of support from the residents. The residents cheered the seniors as they went by their homes. Everyone maintained social distancing. The event was a great success. This may be a new tradition for our community. The Poteet ISD officials have announced there will be a graduation ceremony for the seniors. There is a limit on the number of attendees per graduating senior and several guidelines for those attending. Please contact the Poteet ISD for more details.
Some of our local restaurants have opened their businesses to inside service with limitations and guidelines. Please continue to help support our local establishments. They help support our community throughout the years. It is now time for us to help them in their time of need.
Please continue to stay and be safe.
WILLIE LEAL is the Mayor of Poteet. You may E-mail him at mayor@poteettexas. gov.