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In accordance with Fort Bend and Harris Counties, Mayor Yolanda Ford is issuing a local order requiring that face coverings (homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas, and handkerchiefs) be worn in all local businesses and workplaces by employees and patrons. Order No. O-20-02 will be in effect on June 28 at 12:01 a.m. and it further addresses the City’s need to ensure the safety and protection of citizens, public servants, visitors and stakeholders as the number of COVID-19 cases escalates in the region.
As of today—Friday, June 26, there are a total of 529 positive cases in Missouri City, with 485 in Fort Bend County and 44 in Harris County. The statewide increase has been 5,000 plus new cases per day for the last three days with 5,707 new cases today.
“The rising number of cases in the region is alarming and we need to do everything possible to curb this virus from spreading,” said Mayor Yolanda Ford. “We continue to have the highest number of cases in Fort Bend County, so let’s come together as a community and do our part by wearing masks, washing hands and socially distancing ourselves, to ensure that Missouri City does not turn into a severe COVID-19 hot spot.”
The MCTX order specifies that:
The Missouri City policy does not require face coverings to be worn in the following circumstances:
To review the full signed MCTX facial protection order, Click Here.
This order mirrors the existing orders from Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, which began Monday, June 22 and Fort Bend County Judge K. P. George, which went into effect on Thursday, June 25. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also issued several executive orders this week that paused the re-opening of Texas, limited outside gatherings, closed bars/clubs and more. View details below:
Also, today Harris County’s COVID-19 threat level was elevated to ‘Level 1 - Stay Home’, which signifies a severe and uncontrolled level of COVID-19 within the region, meaning outbreaks are present and worsening and that testing and contact tracing capacity is strained or exceeded. At this level, the public is advised to minimize contacts with others wherever possible and avoid leaving home except for the most essential needs like going to the grocery store for food and medicine.
MCTX residents who experience symptoms or who were exposed to a COVID-19 patient may get tested using one of the testing options listed below:
In addition to wearing masks when outside, officials reiterate the importance of practicing healthy hygiene habits and taking the following precautions to help contain this public health crisis:
In other MCTX operational updates, Municipal Court located at 3845 Cartwright Rd., is closed to public until further notice. All dockets for next week are canceled and virtual dockets will resume beginning Tuesday, July 7.
For latest updates on COVID-19 and other emergency updates, residents may sign up to receive alerts and receive real-time information through the MCTX Emergency Management website, www.MissouriCityReady.com and the MCTX Twitter account, Twitter.com/MissouriCityEM.
For more information about Missouri City, please watch the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat—@MissouriCityTX and Nextdoor, watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse) or download the MCTX Mobile app (available for free in Google Play and the Apple app store).