Last week our city hall office was open to the public for services. In an effort to enhance the safety precautions for all customers and city employees, new safety protocol procedures have been instituted and some remodeling was made to the interior offices and lobby area. The number of people that can be in the lobby is restricted to no more than three persons at one time while maintaining social distancing of at least 6 feet and all who enter must wear a face covering. Customers who do not want to enter the city office to make their utility payment still have the options to drop off, mail in or pay online. The municipal clerk’s office and the city inspector/animal control office are also open to provide service with a new customer service window to facilitate service safely.
The Texas “strike force against the coronavirus” includes the state’s top doctor, Dr. John Hellerstedt, Commissioner of the Department of State Health Services, who advised that all Texans must continue to practice recommended guidelines (hand-washing, social distancing and wearing a face covering) if we are to slow the spread of the virus in our state.
In addition, according to a Tweet, on July 24, 2020, the Secretary of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department extended the nation’s public health emergency for an additional 90 days.
I realize having to follow some of these safety protocols may seem inconvenient, uncomfortable, a nuisance or even not necessary, but in an effort to help prevent spread of the virus and possibly save lives, it is necessary to make a minor sacrifice to shorten the duration.
Be a part of the force to stop the spread of the virus.
Working together we are stronger and will overcome this chapter in our life.
WILLIE LEAL is the Mayor of Poteet. You may email him at mayor@poteettexas. gov.