Judge Keough signs amended order affecting Occupancy on Premises
On March 16, per Commission James Noack shared, “At 10 a.m. this morning, Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough signed an amended order affecting the occupancy of premises in response to the current and anticipated needs to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.”
This comes after the CDC’s recommendation as of March 15, 2020: “CDC recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the U.S.” Read the full CDC update at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/index.html
The order impacts public events in Montgomery with 50 people or more, nursing homes and senior living centers, and businesses with 50 people or greater guests.
See the documents and content below for the official update:
Effective as of 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020 and continuing until April 12, 2020, unless terminated or modified by an order, the County Judge of Montgomery County, Texas, deems it in the public interest to issue the following order(s):
1) Any event sponsored or permitted by a political subdivision in Montgomery County shall cease.
2) Events greater than 50 persons at all publicly held facilities across Montgomery County shall cease.
3) Any event greater than 50 persons held at private facilities is urged to cancel but should make those determinations within their organizations and with staff of those facilities.
4) Events of 50 persons or more that would include any population at severe risk of severe illness should cease. The population at the greatest risk is anyone over the age at 65 and/or those with severe medical conditions as defined by CDC guidelines.
5) Nursing homes and senior living centers should limit visitation of the public within their facilities.
6) Restaurants, retail stores, private businesses, clubs or civic organizations and religious organizations to include churches, synagogues, mosques or other places of worship are urged to comply with the CDC guidelines related to 50 persons gathering in any one place or at one time. Retail stores who sale groceries or medical supplies are exempt.
This order does NOT extend to law enforcement activities, emergency responses, court operations to include jury operations where necessary, and to all school districts or private school facilities within the jurisdiction of Montgomery County.
All Montgomery County Employees must report for work as required by their supervisors.
Effective immediately and through the duration of this order, all Montgomery County employees shall cease any work-related travel.
This order shall take effect at 5:00 p.m. on March 16, 2020 and extend until April 12, 2020 until otherwise rescinded or extended.
Source: Commissioner James Noack