Emergency Declaration - City of Portland

The City of Portland’s emergency declaration shall be interpreted to incorporate the mandates of the Governor’s Executive Order until April 3, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Where differences appear in the two, the more stringent requirement shall apply.*

Declaration of Local Disaster and Public Health Emergency - City of Portland
Portland Mayor Cathy Skurow is the designated emergency management director for the City of Portland pursuant to the Texas Disaster Act of 1975.

Mayor Skurow exercised her role as the emergency manager to issue a Declaration of Local Disaster and Public Health Emergency on March 17, 2020, to enable full use of resources and impose necessary regulations to prevent the spread and impact of COVID-19 in Portland, Texas, until May 19, 2020.

- Requires groups to limit attendance at gatherings to 50 people or less in a single area, indoor or outdoor*
       CDC recommends this limitation of attendees to promote social distancing, preferably 6 feet apart, of individuals
       All gatherings and events, indoors or outdoors, that have 50 or more people in the area at any given time, must be cancelled. Examples include farmers
       markets, festivals, tournaments, etc.
           Excluded venues include: all schools*, places of worship, office space, hotels, residential buildings, grocery stores, shopping malls, outdoor
           markets,restaurants, other retail establishments, hospitals, medical facilities, and shelters

- Recommends groups to limit attendance of gatherings with at-risk populations to 10 people or less in a single area, indoor or outdoor
      At-risk population includes persons who: are 60 years old or older and/or have certain health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney
      disease, weakened immune systems, cancer, and women who are pregnant or were pregnant in the last 2 weeks

- Recommends restaurants and similar facilities only offer take-out or delivery options -- not offer on-premise consumption of food or beverages*

- Gives City Manager Randy Wright the authority to close certain city-owned public facilities including the Community Center, Sports Complexes, Municipal Park
      athletic fields and splash pads, Senior Center, and Bell/Whittington Public Library

- Gives City Manager Randy Wright the authority to update restrictions to respond to the evolving circumstances of this outbreak until May 19, 2020

 - Authorizes the use law enforcement tools to punish violations of the required provisions in place. A person that violates required provisions listed in the Mayor’s
   Declaration of Local Disaster and Public Health Emergency and any extensions can face:
            - Fines of up to $500 per violation per day,
            - Imprisonment for up to 180 days per violation per day, and
            - Additional amounts as authorized by law


Differences:
*Order No. 1 of the Texas Executive Order mandates social gatherings be limited to 10 people 
*Order No. 3 of the Texas Executive Order mandates restaurants and similar establishments must only offer take-out, drive thru, or curbside. (Dine-in is prohibited)
*Order No. 4 of the Texas Executive Order mandates school to remain temporarily closed