City of Aransas Pass Amends Stay at Home Order
April 1, 2020
On April 1, 2020, the city council approved Amendment No. 1 to the Stay at Home Order clarifying that Fishing Guide Services are non-essential services, and no person may use Conn Brown Harbor boat ramps if they cannot comply with the social distancing rules that persons must be six (6) feet apart. Steps are being taken to enforce this order
March 31, 2020
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March 27, 2020
March 20, 2020
- In compliance with Executive Order No. GA-08 issued by Governor Greg Abbott on March 19, 2020, City Staff closed City facilities and City Lobbies to the public and modified hours and operations. PDF of the Agenda Memo
- On March 19, 2020 Governor Greg Abbott signed Executive Order GA08 relating to COVID-19 which states that every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people. Concerns over COVID-19 continue to increase in our community. In an effort to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus, at the March 23, 2020 council meeting and future council meetings we are encouraging residents to livestream City Council meetings through the city’s YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/user/CityOfAransasPass. To further comply with the Governor’s Order steps will be taken to ensure that we do not exceed the maximum number of 10 people. For those in attendance at public meetings, hand sanitizers will be available, chairs will be spaced six (6) feet apart, and TV monitors will be available outside of the meeting room for viewing.
The city will continue to move forward with city business, and taking measures like this will help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the health and safety of our citizens.
March 19, 2020
The City of Aransas Pass response to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order GA 08.
Today, at noon, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order that goes into effect tomorrow at midnight. In brief, the order imposes the following:
- Limits social gatherings to 10 people;
- Closes bars and gyms along with dining in at restaurants. Restaurants may deliver food and alcohol to patrons.
- Closes off nursing homes to visitors except to provide critical care.
- Closes Texas schools.
This order shall remain in effect until April 3, 2020, but could be extended. The Governor emphasized that this is not a shelter-in-place.
What does this mean for Aransas Pass? The city held a department head staff meeting shortly after the Governor spoke. Mayor Ram Gomez and Chamber Director Rosemary Vega were in attendance. The following operational changes will soon take place:
- The City Library, Civic Center, and pool will close or remain closed during this period
- Public works, Building Department, City Hall, and Municipal Court will be closed to the public. They will, however, be doing business by phone and over the internet. You can click on the one you’d like to do business with for more details. For general information by phone, call 361-758-5301 (City Hall).
- The Police Department lobby will remain open for essential services.
- The Aransas Pass Chamber of Commerce Director Rosemary Vega and her team will be reaching out to local businesses to apprise them of these updates.
There are a few remaining issues that seem to keep coming up. We hope the following will help clarify and provide you with the best information we have at this time:
- Domestic supply lines for food, water, dry goods, and essentials are working. Many of the shortages experienced are due to panic buying. The closings announced above, DO NOT apply to stores, nor is that expected.
- If you or someone you know has found themselves unemployed due to this crisis, visit the Texas Workforce Commission’s website for more information.
- For the latest information on this virus, visit the CDC’s webpage on COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
March 12, 2020
From the Office of Emergency Management.
With growing concerns over COVID19, our office is constantly monitoring the situation. We are in daily contact with County, State, and Federal health officials. There is statewide coordination between emergency management personal. We will keep the public updated as best we can as the situation develops. At this time the best practices are;
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer if unable to wash
- If you are ill, stay home call your healthcare provider for advice
- If you are over 65 or immune-compromised, avoid large gatherings in enclosed spaces
As more information develops, we will bring it to you via this webpage and our social media platforms. Please check back often.
- Capt. Lynn Pearce, Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Aransas Pass