CITY OF BUDA ENFORCEMENT MEASURES RELATED TO GOVERNOR’S ORDERS GA-29 & GA-32
BUDA, TX - Dec. 20, 2020 - As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Buda and Hays County, we want to remind citizens and Buda establishments that there are still restrictions in place per Governor orders GA-29 and GA-32.
The City of Buda continues to monitor for violations of the Governor’s orders and responds to reports of violations received from the public, etc.
Under Executive Order GA 32, most businesses may operate at no more than 75% of the total listed occupancy, including Restaurants. Patrons and staff must wear masks except when eating or drinking while seated. Bars or similar establishments may offer on-premise services at up to 50% of the total listed occupancy. Patrons at bars or similar establishments may eat or drink only while seated. Masks are to be worn at all other times.
If the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients as a percentage exceeds 15% of the available capacity in Hays County for seven consecutive days, the occupation limit will be lowered and additional restrictions will apply. So far, this has not been the case in Hays County. A current list of areas with high hospitalizations is maintained at www.dshs.texas.gov/ga3031
City of Buda COVID Enforcement measures, issued for non-compliance of Governor Abbotts’s GA-29 Executive Order for Facial Coverings, include:
1st Offense - Verbal Warning
2nd - Notice to Appear Citation
· This citation notifies the recipient of their violation and municipal court appearance date/time.
· If found guilty, the City of Buda Municipal Court judge makes the final determination of the official fine amount, not to exceed $250.
According to the latest numbers from the Hays County Health Department, Buda has over 250 positive COVID-19 cases. The latest number of COVID cases in Buda and Hays County can be found on the City’s website at www.ci.buda.tx.us/coronavirusinformation.
It is a reminder that we are still in a global pandemic. Please continue to stay vigilant and take the necessary precautions to protect your loved ones, our healthcare workers, and the community. Together we can make a difference.
There are three important ways to help slow the spread:
· Wear a mask to protect yourself and others.
· Stay at least 6 feet from others who do not live with you, and avoid crowds.
· Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
“COVID-19 cases in Hays County have dramatically spiked since Thanksgiving. The City of Buda has seen an increase of over 200 new cases in this same period. There are many families in Buda currently fighting this virus and many more in quarantine due to exposure. Pandemic fatigue is only one of many new terms we are learning through this experience. 10 months is a long time, but we need to stay vigilant with wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing.”
As the holidays approach please consider celebrating virtually or with the people in your household. This poses the lowest risk for spread. Travel may increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend postponing travel and staying home. For additional recommendations/information from the CDC please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. For information on holiday celebrations and small gatherings from the CDC please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html.