CITY OF BRIDGE CITY CURFEW ORDER
I, David E. Rutledge, duly elected Mayor of The City of Bridge City, pursuant to the Disaster Declaration of Monday, August 24, 2020 for Tropical Storms/Hurricanes Marco and Laura, and the authority granted in Local Government Code, sections 418.108(f)-(h), do hereby enter this mandatory curfew order for all persons within the incorporated areas of Bridge City, Texas. This Order is to be effective August 26, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. Any violation of this Order shall be punishable as a Class C misdemeanor. This Order shall remain in effect until terminated.
During this curfew, it shall be unlawful for any person to be outside the confines of his or her residence property between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., except as allowed by the exemptions herein.
1. Those employees of oil terminals, pipelines and oil supply facilities that are essential for and who are actively involved in the transportation and receiving of oil and supplies in Orange County refining and petrochemical facilities and such other employees who are deemed essential to the operation of refining and petrochemical facilities by their employer. This exemption applies only during times such employees are actively engaged in their work and in traveling to and from work without any detour or stop.
2. Those employees of hospitals, trauma centers, nursing homes, convalescent facilities, or other healthcare providers who are essential for and who are actively involved in providing medical treatment and/or housing for persons who are ill or infirm and who are not evacuated. This exemption applies only during times such employees are actively engaged in their work and in traveling to and from work without any detour or stop.
3. Those employees of Federal, State, and Local Governments, Political Subdivisions, and Special Purpose Districts who are deemed essential by their employer.
4. Those employees of communications or utility companies, utility contractors, debris removal contractors, construction contractors and their support personnel who are essential for and who are actively involved in the repair of utility infrastructure and the restoration of electrical service, water, and sewer service. This exemption applies only during times such employees are actively engaged in their work and in traveling to and from work without any detour or stop.
5. Persons engaged in an employment activity, or .going to or returning home from employment activity, without any detour or stop.
6. Persons authorized by the Emergency Management Director to assist in the protection of the health, safety or welfare of the public.
7. Persons involved in interstate travel and persons traveling to or from an airport and who are in possession of a boarding pass for a flight from that airport.
8. Persons involved in an “EMERGENCY," which means an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that call for immediate action. The term includes, but is not limited to, a fire, natural disaster, and automobile accident, or any situation requiring immediate action to prevent serious bodily injury or loss of life.
Before taking any enforcement action under this section, a law enforcement officer shall ask the individual’s reason for being for away from his residence. The officer shall not issue a citation or make an arrest under this Order unless the officer reasonably believes that an offense has occurred and that; based on any response and other circumstances, no exemption applies.
A person who violates this Order is subject to immediate arrest. A person who violates this Order is guilty of a separate offense for each day or part of a day during which a violation is committed or continued. Each offense, upon conviction, is punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.00.
ORDERED this 26th day of August, 2020.
David E. Rutledge, Mayor