Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information

Robinson City Council continued the State of Disaster and Public Health Emergency in Robinson, Texas due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Find the extension here.

Governor Greg Abbott’s COVID-19 Response:

Governor Greg Abbott Seal

Governor Abbott Establishes Statewide Face Covering Requirement, Issues Proclamation To Limit Gatherings

Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-30 and GA-31 expanding capacity for certain services in Texas and announces guidance for nursing home, long-term care visitations.

Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order 29 requiring all Texans to wear a face-covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces, with few exceptions, in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases. 

The Governor issued a proclamation amending Executive Order GA-28 giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10.

Face Cover Requirement from GA-29:

Every person in Texas shall wear a face-covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household; 

provided, however, that this face-covering requirement does not apply to the following:

1. any person younger than 10 years of age;

2. any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering;

3. any person while the person is consuming food or drink, or is seated at a restaurant to eat or drink;

4. any person while the person is (a) exercising outdoors or engaging in physical activity outdoors, and (b) maintaining a safe distance from other people not in the same household;

5. any person while the person is driving alone or with passengers who are part of the same household as the driver;

6. any person obtaining a service that requires temporary removal of the face-covering for security surveillance, screening, or a need for specific access to the face, such as while visiting a bank or while obtaining a personal care service involving the face, but only to the extent necessary for the temporary removal;

7. any person while the person is in a swimming pool, lake, or similar body of water;

8. any person who is voting, assisting a voter, serving as a poli watcher, or actively administering an election, but wearing a face-covering is strongly encouraged;

9. any person who is actively providing or obtaining access to religious worship, but wearing a face-covering is strongly encouraged;

10. any person while the person is giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience; or

11. any person in a county (a) that meets the requisite criteria promulgated by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) regarding minimal cases of COVID-19, and (b) whose county judge has affirmatively opted-out of this face-covering requirement by filing with TDEM the required face-covering attestation form—provided, however, that wearing a face-covering is highly recommended, and every county is strongly encouraged to follow these face-covering standards. Not excepted from this face-covering requirement is any person attending a protest or demonstration involving more than 10 people and who is not practicing safe social distancing of six feet from other people not in the same household. TDEM shall maintain on its website a list of counties that are not subject to this face-covering requirement pursuant to paragraph number 11.

According to the order:

“Following a verbal or written warning for a first-time violator of this face-covering requirement, a person’s second violation shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250. Each subsequent violation shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 per violation. 

Local law enforcement and other local officials, as appropriate, can and should enforce this executive order, Executive Order GA-28, and other effective executive orders, as well as local restrictions that are consistent with this executive order and other effective executive orders. 

But no law enforcement or other official may detain, arrest, or confine in jail any person for a violation of this executive order or for related non-violent, non-felony offenses that are predicated on a violation of this executive order; provided, however, that any official with authority to enforce this executive order may act to enforce trespassing laws and remove violators at the request of a business establishment or other property owner. This executive order hereby prohibits confinement in jail as a penalty for the violation of any face-covering order by any jurisdiction.”

Guidelines from Executive Order Addressing Phase I, II, & III of ReOpening Texas are Currently Being Update:

Find the Reopen Texas Website Here


Doing Our Part


Doing Our Part to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19In an effort to DO OUR PART to prevent the spread of COVID-19 amongst the limited amount of employees we have on staff, we have made changes to our employee’s shifts throughout all departments to minimize the risk of exposure if a staff member was to come in contact with the virus. The utility and street departments have their employees split into two crews that are working opposite shifts from one another. In order to do this, these employees will now be working seven (7) days a week. The crew that is not on duty will be on call in case of an emergency. With these changes, it will not be uncommon to see city vehicles, equipment, and staff out and about on the weekend performing duties like mowing rights-of-way, pothole patching, drainage clearing, and performing work on water and sewer lines. This change ensures there is a crew in place in the event one of the crews cannot perform their duties due to COVID-19. This limits the risk of all employees being exposed. Some shift changes have also been made within the Police Department to ensure we can continue to meet the needs of our residents 24/7.

All city facilities will remain closed to the public during this time, but we are still available by phone, email, or by online website submissions if you have questions or need to make a payment or report something. We will keep everyone informed through our communication channels if anything changes. Find ways to connect with us here.

Governor Greg Abbott Issues Executive Order for Texas

Governor Greg Abbott Seal

Today, Tuesday, March 31st, Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order which supersedes any order issued by a city or county that is conflicting. This order was executed to minimize non-essential gatherings & in-person contact with people who aren’t in the same household and implements a statewide essential services and activities protocol. The Texas Executive Order GA-14 establishes "Essential Services" which can be found below or at https://bit.ly/2UvDEKj. The order in its entirety can be found at https://bit.ly/3bF8NR7.

CISA Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Sectors:

HEALTHCARE / PUBLIC HEALTH
LAW ENFORCEMENT, PUBLIC SAFETY, AND OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ENERGY WATER AND WASTEWATER TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS PUBLIC WORKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT SERVICES COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY OTHER COMMUNITY- OR GOVERNMENT-BASED OPERATIONS AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS CRITICAL MANUFACTURING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS FINANCIAL SERVICES CHEMICAL DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE COMMERCIAL FACILITIES RESIDENTIAL/SHELTER FACILITIES AND SERVICES HYGIENE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES Religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship.

Other services as approved by the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

In order to #FlattentheCurb and #DoOurPart to protect our Loved Ones, it’s important to remember:

In providing or obtaining essential services, people and businesses should follow the Guidelines from the President and the CDC by practicing good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation, implementing social distancing and working from home if possible.  In particular, all services should be provided through remote telework from home unless they are essential services that cannot be provided through remote telework. If religious services cannot be conducted from home or through remote services, they should be conducted consistent with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC by practicing good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation, and by implementing social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms, massage establishments, tattoo studios, piercing studios, or cosmetology salons; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options for food and drinks is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order.

This executive order does not prohibit people from accessing essential services or engaging in essential daily activities, such as going to the grocery store or gas station, providing or obtaining other essential services, visiting parks, hunting or fishing, or engaging in physical activity like jogging or bicycling, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and to minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.

Essential Businesses: Healthcare Operations - Hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies. Also include

City of Robinson’s Response

Effective Beginning Friday, March 19, 2020, until further notice.

ALL city facilities will be CLOSED to the public.

The City of Robinson has joined the Central Texas community in monitoring the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus, known as (COVID-19). The City is working with federal, state and local health district officials following guidance from health experts at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services, and Waco-McLennan Health Department.

Any potential impacts COVID-19 may have on municipal programs, projects, and services will be posted here and we will share where we can on social media sites.

Limiting, where we can, employee to employee contact, employee to customer contact, and public “gatherings”. 

Public Meetings
We will begin limiting meetings to teleconference ones and will share that information once it is available. Until then, we will be limiting public attendance at the meetings to ensure the health and safety of our community, staff, and council members.

Departments:
Utility Service Payments and Questions
Payment options click here.
To set up new services or make changes to existing services click here.
Contact Us: (254) 662-1415 or by email at utilities@robinsontexas.org

Municipal Court Payments and Questions

Effective immediately:

All initial appearance dates (as indicated on citation) scheduled for March 19, 2020, through an undetermined date, will be reset for a later date. Individuals will be notified by mail of their new court date; however, you are encouraged to monitor the Robinson Municipal Court website for updates as well as up to date court dockets.

(An appearance will be required no later than 30 days after the Shelter in Place order has been modified OR if/WHEN the Governor’s State of Disaster has been lifted.)
All individuals who wish to appear are urged to contact the court FIRST, to inquire about resolving their matter(s) without having to appear in person. 

Alternative options to in-person appearance include:
1. Written request for Driver’s Safety Course (Under the laws of the State of Texas, you may be eligible to have one moving violation, within a 12-month period, dismissed by taking a driver’s safety course.)
2. Written request for an extension, payment arrangements, alternative options, or enter a plea of not guilty and request a trial.
3. Payment options click here.
***Please note*** prior to making a court payment, please contact our
Contact Us: (254) 662-1415 or by email at court@robinsontexas.org

Senior Center and Community Center Closure
Due to the lack of available staff to properly sanitize and disinfect per CDC guidelines, these facilities will remain closed to the public until further notice. 

Peplow Park Facilities
Per Governor Abbott, Peplow Park will stay open, however, due to the lack of available staff to properly sanitize and disinfect per CDC guidelines park facilities and equipment will remain closed. If you have a scheduled park rental you can contact us to have that refunded or rescheduled.
Contact Us: (254) 662-1415 or by email at Park – park@robinsontexas.org

Police Department Questions: for non-emergencies call(254) 662-0525 or email dispatch at dispatch@robinsontexas.org

Code Compliance – p.estrada@robinsontexas.org
Submit a Code Compliance Request click here.

Permits/Inspections – w.shipp@robinsontexas.org or j.french@robinsontexas.org
Find information on inspections, building permits, and community planning and zoning by clicking here.

Effective immediately:

Garage Permits - We will not be issuing garage sale permits at this time until further notice. To request a refund or reschedule please contact us at (254) 662-1415 or email us at communications@robinsontexas.org

Communications – communications@robinsontexas.org

Online:
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Cleaning and sanitation efforts
We have significantly enhanced our cleaning and sanitation efforts on all customer and employee touchpoints; additionally, we are providing an abundance of anti-bacterial soap and have placed dozens of alcohol-based hand sanitizes throughout areas of city hall and the Police Department. We are frequently disinfecting areas with frequent touchpoints.

In addition to these actions, we have increased hygiene signage throughout city facilities and are strongly encouraging customers and staff to practice good hygiene with frequent and rigorous hand washing. We are asking employees who are sick to stay home. If anyone has a fever or becomes sick while at work, we will immediately release them to contact their medical provider.

We hope that these measures give you confidence that we are taking the necessary precautions in this evolving situation. We remain committed to providing our customers with friendly and safe city services.

Future Measures
Additional measures may require us to limit onsite staff to ONLY essential personnel. With limited staff and resources, it is imperative our employees stay healthy to ensure there are no disruptions in city services.