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COVID-19 City of Rusk Update
04/28/2020

05/22/20

The following City Facilities are open for limited sized gatherings:

The City of Rusk Singletary Memorial Library Meeting Room, the Rusk Civic Center, and the Jim Hogg Park Pavilion. Please contact the City of Rusk library staff at 903-683-5916 for reservations and additional information.

Jim Hogg Park, Conley Park, and Butler Park are currently open; please use CDC sanitary and distancing guidelines while using these facilities.

The Rusk Sports Youth Association will continue use the Lions Club Sports Complex for limited practice sessions.

The splash pad will be open to the public around the first part of June.

The City of Rusk Singletary Memorial Library is open normal hours but the Children’s area will remain closed except to check out a book. The Library will allow up to 10 customers at a time.

All emergency services and regular City services will continue as normal.

Rusk City Hall is currently open to the public, but, due to the size of the lobby, no more than 2 customers are allowed in at one time. As always, City staff will be available for appointments for those services that require face to face contact, as well as by phone and email Monday – Friday 9:00 AM -4:00 PM. Water payments may continue to be made in the night drop box, online at www.rusktx.org, or over the phone.

For our online court payments you can go to www.certifiedpayments.netyou will need Bureau Code # 7435389 and your citation number. You can also pay by phone 1-866-549-1010 with Bureau Code # 7435389 and your citation number.

“These proactive measures have been taken by the City to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in conjunction with the state wide public health disaster issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbot” says, City Manager Jim Dunaway. “The City is going to continue to monitor the situation, and work with our partners during this unprecedented situation. The City appreciates the citizen’s patience and understanding during this crisis. Please have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day and remember to honor all Veterans.”

05/18/20

ATTENTION CUSTOMERS

The Lobby will be open effective Monday, May 18th, 2020. There is to be a maximum of two (2) peoplein the lobby at all times. Please remain 6 feet away from others while waiting in line outside. The drop box is still available for your convenience. The City of Rusk thanks you for your cooperation during these times. 

Water payments may be made in the night drop box, online at www.rusktx.org, or over the phone.

For our online court payments you can go to www.certifiedpayments.netyou will need Bureau Code # 7435389 and your citation number. You can also pay by phone 1-866-549-1010 with Bureau Code # 7435389 and your citation number.

Beginning Monday, May 18, 2020, the Rusk City Hall will be open to the public, however due to the size of the lobby, no more than 2 customers are allowed in at one time. As always, City staff will be available for appointments for those services that require face to face contact, as well as by phone and email Monday – Friday 8:00 AM -5:00 PM. Water payments may continue to be made in the night drop box, online at www.rusktx.org, or over the phone.

For our online court payments you can go to www.certifiedpayments.netyou will need Bureau Code # 7435389 and your citation number. You can also pay by phone 1-866-549-1010 with Bureau Code # 7435389 and your citation number.

The City of Rusk Singletary Memorial Library will remain open normal hours but the Children’s area will remain closed except to check out a book. The Library will allow up to 10 customers at a time.

The following facilities will remain closed, City of Rusk Singletary Memorial Library Meeting room, Rusk Civic Center, Jim Hogg Park, Conley Park, and Butler Park. The Rusk Sports Youth Association will use the Lions Club Sports Complex for limited practice sessions. All emergency services and regular City services will continue as normal. 

“These proactive measures have been taken by the City to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in conjunction with the state wide public health disaster issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbot” says, City Manager Jim Dunaway. “The City is going to continue to monitor the situation, and work with our partners during this unprecedented situation. The City appreciates the citizen’s patience and understanding during this crisis.”

 

April 2020

In addition, starting on Friday, May 1, 2020, it opens up the following:

In-store retail services, for retail establishments that operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy of the retail establishment.

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.

Services provided by an individual working alone in an office.

Golf course operations.

Local government operations, including county and municipal governmental operations relating to permitting, recordation, and document-filing services, as determined by the local government.

Such additional services as may be enumerated by future executive orders or proclamations by the governor.

The conditions and limitations set forth above for reopened services shall not apply to essential services and the governor can impose more stringent requirements on a county if he chooses.

In addition, the order covers the following:

Religious services should be conducted in accordance with the joint guidance issued and updated by the attorney general and governor. (Today (April 27), the attorney general issued updated guidance on houses of worship.)

People shall avoid visiting bars, gyms, public swimming pools, interactive amusement venues such as bowling alleys and video arcades, massage establishments, tattoo studios, piercing studios, or cosmetology salons. The use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options for food and drinks remains allowed and highly encouraged.

The executive order does not prohibit people from accessing essential or reopened services or engaging in essential daily activities, such as going to the grocery store or gas station, providing or obtaining other essential or reopened services, visiting parks, hunting or fishing, or engaging in physical activity like jogging, bicycling, or other outdoor sports, 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.

In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall not visit nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance as determined through guidance from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). Nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities should follow infection control policies and practices set forth by the HHSC, including minimizing the movement of staff between facilities whenever possible.

In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, schools shall remain temporarily closed to in-person classroom attendance by students and shall not recommence before the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Below are some helpful links to the current minimum recommended protocols for individuals and businesses:

“These proactive measures have been taken by the City to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in conjunction with the state wide public health disaster issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbot” says, City Manager Jim Dunaway. “The City is going to continue to monitor the situation, and work with our partners during this unprecedented situation.”

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