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 ReOpens Texas in Phases:

Governor Greg Abbott Seal

Guidelines from Executive Order Addressing Phase I & II of ReOpening Texas:

In accordance with guidance from DSHS Commissioner Dr. Hellerstedt, and to achieve the goals established by the President to reduce the spread of COVID-l 9, every person in Texas shall, except where necessary to provide or obtain Covered Services, minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. People over the age of 65, however, are strongly encouraged to stay at home as much as possible; to maintain appropriate distance from any member of the household who has been out of the residence in the previous 14 days; and, if leaving the home, to implement social distancing and to practice good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation. 

“Covered Services” shall consist of everything listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, Version 3.0 or any subsequent version, plus religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship. These covered services are not subject to the conditions and limitations, including occupancy or operating limits, set forth below for other covered services.

-Accessing essential businesses (as defined by TDEM and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security).

-Accessing “re-opened services” as listed in the order. 

Find the Reopen Texas Website Here

Executive Order GA-23 Addresses:

“No jurisdiction can confine a person in jail as a penalty for violating any executive order, or any order issued by local officials, in response to the COVD-19 disaster. To the extent any order issued by local officials in response to the COVLD-l9 disaster would allow confinement in jail, that order is superseded, and I hereby suspend all relevant laws to the extent necessary to ensure that local officials do not confine people in jail for violating any order issued in response to the COVD-19 disaster.”

Beginning, Friday, May 22, 2020

Dine-in restaurant services, for restaurants that operate at up to 50 percent of the total listed occupancy of the restaurant; provided, however, that (i) this applies only to restaurants that have less than 51 percent of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages; and (ii) any components of the restaurants that have interactive functions or exhibits, including child play areas, interactive games, and video arcades, must remain closed.

Bars - may operate for in-person service up to 25% of the total listed occupancy of the establishment. Interactive functions or exhibits must remain closed

Bowling Alleys, Bingo Halls, Simulcasting, Skating Rinks - may operate up to 25% of their total listed occupancy. Bowling alleys must ensure at least 6 feet social distancing between operating bowling lanes, bingo halls must ensure at least 6 feet social distancing between customers playing bingo, and facilities which are simulcasting must ensure their patrons are engaging in at least 6 feet social distancing. Any components of the establishments or facilities that have interactive functions or exhibits, including child play areas, interactive games, and video arcades, must remain closed.

Rodeo / Equestrian Events - indoor venues limit the number of spectators to no more than 25% of the total listed occupancy of the venue, and outdoor venues may operate at up to 25% of the normal operating limits as determined by the facility owner. Six feet of separation between individuals not within the same household should be maintained to the extent feasible. To the extent the rodeo or equestrian event has spectators, the person sponsoring the event must ensure that ingress and egress from the venue allows for 6 feet of social distancing between individuals on entering and exiting the venue. Larger gatherings that include a rodeo or equestrian event, such as a county fair, are not authorized at time.

Zoos, Aquariums, Natural Caverns - may operate up to 25% of the total listed occupancy. Interactive functions or exhibits and indoor facilities must remain closed.

Find Open Texas Checklists and Guidelines that outline the Texas Department of State Health Services minimum standard health protocols for all Texans on Governor’s Open Texas Site here.

Beginning Monday, May 31, 2020

Day Youth Camp Operators - Youth camps may prepare to open and obtain the necessary supplies and equipment in order to follow the health and safety protocols set by the Open Texas guidelines.

Overnight Youth Camp Operators – Overnight youth camps may prepare to open and obtain the necessary supplies and equipment in order to follow the below health and safety protocols.

Professional Sports Without In-Person Spectators - May begin holding practices without spectators other than one parent or guardian per participant, as needed. Those sports may begin holding games or similar competitions, with or without spectators, on or after June 15, 2020. Spectators should maintain at least 6 feet social distancing from individuals not within the spectator’s group. Must operate based on Open Texas Guidelines.

Find Open Texas Checklists and Guidelines that outline the Texas Department of State Health Services minimum standard health protocols for all Texans on Governor’s Open Texas Site here.

-Starting on Monday, May 18, 2020, the following are added to the list: 

a. Services provided by office workers in offices that operate at up to the greater of: (i) five individuals; or (ii) 25 percent of the total office workforce; provided, however, that the individuals maintain appropriate social distancing.

b. Manufacturing services, for facilities that operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy of the facility.

c. Gyms and exercise facilities and classes that operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy of the gym or exercise facility; provided, however, that locker rooms and shower facilities must remain closed, but restrooms may open.

In addition, the order allows (while following DSHS/CDC prevention guidelines):

-Attending religious services according to the attorney general’s guidelines.

-Participating in “essential daily activities,” such as going to the grocery store or gas station; providing or obtaining other essential or reopened services; visiting swimming pools, parks, beaches, rivers, or lakes; hunting or fishing; or engaging in physical activity like jogging, bicycling, or other outdoor sports.

According to the governor’s May 5 press release, “these newly opened services are subject to the recommended minimum standard health protocols outlined by DSHS. These protocols will be available on the Open Texas webpage.” 

 Re-opened businesses established by the previous order GA-18.

The following are included in the approval to reopen services.:
“Reopened services” shall consist of the following to the extent they are not already “essential services:”

1. Retail services that may be provided through pickup, delivery by mail, or delivery to the customer’s doorstep.

Starting on Friday, May 8, 2020, the following are added to the list:

a. Cosmetology salons, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons/shops, and other establishments where licensed cosmetologists or barbers practice their trade; provided, however, that all such salons, shops, and establishments must ensure at least six feet of social distancing between operating work stations.

b. Tanning salons; provided, however, that all such salons must ensure at least six feet of social distancing between operating work stations.

c. Swimming pools; provided, however, that (i) indoor swimming pools may operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy of the pool facility; (ii) outdoor swimming pools may operate at up to 25 percent of normal operating limits as determined by the pool operator; and (iii) local public swimming pools may so operate only if permitted by the local government.

As of May 5, 2020:

-Wedding venues and the services required to conduct weddings; provided, however, that for weddings held indoors other than at a church, congregation, or house of worship, the facility may operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy of the facility.

-Wedding reception services, for facilities that operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy of the facility; provided, however, that the occupancy limits do not apply to the outdoor areas of a wedding reception or to outdoor wedding receptions.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020:

a) In-store retail services, for retail establishments that operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy of the retail establishment.
b) Dine-in restaurant services, for restaurants that operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy of the restaurant; provided, however, that (a) this applies only to restaurants that have less than 51 percent of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages and are therefore not required to post the 51 percent sign required by Texas law as determined by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and (b) valet services are prohibited except for vehicles with placards or plates for disabled parking.
c) Movie theaters that operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy of any individual theater for any screening.
d) Shopping malls that operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy of the shopping mall; provided, however, that within shopping malls, the foodcourt dining areas, play areas, and interactive displays and settings must remain closed.
e) Museums and libraries that operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy; provided, however, that (a) local public museums and local public libraries may so operate only if permitted by the local government, and (b) any components of museums or libraries that have interactive functions or exhibits, including child play areas, must remain closed.
f) For Texas counties that have filed with DSHS, and are in compliance with, the
requisite attestation form promulgated by DSHS regarding five or fewer cases of COVID- 19, those in-store retail services, dine-in restaurant services, movie
theaters, shopping malls, and museums and libraries, as otherwise defined and limited above, may operate at up to 50 percent (as opposed to 25 percent) of the total listed occupancy.
g) Services provided by an individual working alone in an office.
h) Golf course operations.
i) Local government operations, including county and municipal governmental operations relating to permitting, recordation, and document-filing services, as determined by the local government.

This executive order supersedes Executive Order GA-16, but does not supersede Executive Orders GA-b, GA-il, GA-l2, GA-13, GA-15, or GA-17. This executive order shall remain in effect and in full force until 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2020, unless it is modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by the governor. These orders supersede any city order issued. Find the entire Executive Order-21 here and Executive Order-23.

The Governor released guidance and checklists to help navigate and safely open the approved listed businesses.  Find the Open Texas Report and checklists 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:
Follow or message us on Facebook or Nextdoor @CityofRobinson

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.