Last week I issued a Mayoral Declaration of a Local State of Disaster and Public Health Emergency for the City of Poteet that extraordinary and immediate measures must be taken to respond quickly to prevent and slow down community spread of COVID-19. All commercial and non-profit entities in the City of Poteet providing goods or services directly to the public must require, at a minimum, that all employees and visitors to the commercial entity’s business premises or other facilities wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when in an area or performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public. All people 10 years or older shall wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth when in a public place. There are a few exceptions of where to wear face coverings listed in the declaration. The declaration can be found on our city webpage. Following a verbal or written warning for a first-time violator of this face covering requirement, a person’s second violation shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250. Each subsequent violation shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 per violation. The initial Mayor’s Declaration was for seven days. The city council must approve an extension. I propose thirty 30 days. The Declaration was on the city council agenda Tuesday night, July 7, at our regular city council meeting for review and possible action. As of the writing of this article, we had not had our meeting yet. I trust the council will have made the best decision for the community.
Also, this past week, I participated in a couple Zoom meetings. One was with the audit firm working on our city’s audit for last year and the other was with a Small Business Network meeting.
You may not have heard but my wife and I tested positive for COVID-19 on June 22. Our symptoms did not require any medical treatment, we were told to self-quarantine at home. Thank God, we did not have any serious medical issues requiring hospitalization. The quarantine time has expired and we are doing well. However, others have suffered severely. Speaking from personal experience, everyone should take this health pandemic very seriously. I thank everyone who sent out prayers for us. Knowing people were praying for us, helped us physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Remember to be safe. Together we will overcome these trying times and become stronger as a community.
WILLIE LEAL is the Mayor of Poteet. You may email him at mayor@poteettexas. gov.