Mayor reviews reopening rules under Phase 1


Schulenburg Mayor Elaine Kocian issued the following press release last week:

“Gov. Greg Abbott announced another wave of businesses that can begin reopening under certain restrictions. Clarifications and modifications were also made to the executive orders for Phase 1.

“People over the age of 65 are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. Individuals are encouraged to avoid contact with those 65 and older. Those who leave home, whether young or old, should continue social distancing and good hygiene.

“HAIR AND NAIL SALONS, BARBER SHOPS AND TANNING SALONS could open for business on May 8 with social distancing guidelines enforced. Both the person providing service and the customer are strongly encouraged to wear facemasks. One customer per person providing the service and stations must be six feet apart.

“GYMS AND EXERCISE FACILITIES may open on May 18 at 25 percent capacity with social distancing guidelines enforced. Showers and locker rooms must be closed for now. All equipment must be disinfected after each use. Customers must wear gloves that entirely cover hands and fingers.

“NON-ESSENTIAL MANUFACTURERS may open May 18 at 25 percent capacity with a staggered workforce and social distancing guidelines enforced.

“OFFICE BUILDING OFFICES may open on May 18 with either five or fewer employees or 25 percent of the workforce, provided social distancing guidelines are enforced.

“HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS AND CEREMONIES are allowed with restrictions and guidelines.

“PARKS no longer require masks but it is highly recommended. Maintain at least six feet from people not in your household.

“BEACHES, LAKES, RIVER RAFTING are to be treated with the same standards as parks.

“RESTAURANTS continue to operate under Phase 1 of the Open Texas plan. However, the 25-percent capacity guideline only applies to indoor seating. No occupancy limit on outdoor seating but tables on patios must maintain a distance of six feet.

“BARS remain closed as strategies to establish safe distancing is being worked on.

“WEDDINGS, FUNERALS, MEMORIALS, BURIALS still are treated the same as church services with limited seating arrangements. Providers of wed-dings/funerals/memorials/burials/ are encouraged to make available areas for people 65 and older and those with compromised immune systems.

“SCHULENBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY will remain closed until further notice. During the City Council meeting on Monday, May 4, the Council made the decision to not reopen the library due to risk of spreading COVID-19 among visitors and staff. However, limited curbside service was approved to begin May 12. Patrons are asked to call in their requests between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“Now more than ever, we must do all we can to keep our community healthy. We must continue to practice social distancing and good hygiene to position Schulenburg businesses to not just successfully reopen, but to remain open.

“As the city works through ongoing challenges, we will share information and timelines as decisions are made about reopening city facilities. Please continue to check for updates on the City of Schulenburg Facebook page and website. We are Schulenburg strong!

“Be responsible. Be patient. Be good to one another.”