COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information & City Announcements
The City of Whitewright is monitoring the potential impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please visit the CDC's website for more information or visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website. Please check this page regularly for updates.
Texans Helping Texans: The Governor's Report to Open Texas (April 27, 2020)
Guidance received from the Texas Secretary of State's office states: "[Executive Order GA-14] will prevent you from securing polling places, recruiting election workers, and allowing voters a safe way to exercise their right to vote. If you don’t move your May 2nd election, you are subjecting voters to health risks and potential criminal violations. Failure to postpone your election will put your election at severe risk for an election contest." (bolding is from their email)
And: "The Governor’s proclamation allowing a postponement only authorized a move to November 3, 2020. There is no authority for a local political subdivision, on its own order, to move an election to any other date. If an entity would like to move to a date other than November 3, 2020, there are likely only two ways to do so:
Emergency Election under Section 41.0011(b) of the Texas Election Code: A local political subdivision can request permission from the Governor to allow the political subdivision to order a special election on a nonuniform election date. Please note that this only applies to special elections and not general elections.
Court Order for Nonuniform Election Date: As there are no other options outside of the Governor’s authorization to postpone the election and the option under Section 41.0011 of the Texas Election Code, a political subdivision that wishes to hold its election on a date other than November 3, 2020 could try to seek court order for an alternative date."
April 27, 2020 Proclamation
The City of Whitewright encourages employees and the public to adhere to virus mitigation guidelines from the CDC to reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19. These guidelines include hand washing, avoiding public places while sick, and social distancing.
Distancing helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 via human transmission by limiting the opportunities for people to be in close contact. Because COVID-19 is most commonly spread through the air by coughing or sneezing, close personal contact by touch, or touching an object or surface with the virus on it, minimizing contact with other individuals and frequent handwashing are important steps in reducing the risk of disease transmission.
City Hall: Will open for curb service on May 4th.
Court: Dockets have been postponed until June 25 at 4 p.m.
Library: Will open for curb service on May 4th, from 1 - 5 p.m.