ODESSA, TEXAS (Big 2/ Fox 24)- “At this time we felt that it was best to declare an emergency,” says the Odessa Mayor, David Turner.
Midland Mayor, Patrick Payton, adding that “first and foremost we are opening up these Declarations so as two Cities we can gain access to state and federal funds and anything the state and federal government offers to us we need to have these declarations in place.”
Both the Mayor of Odessa and Midland hosting a joint press conference to officially Declare of State of Emergency. Stating that quote “a person who participates in, arranges or encourages a gathering in violation of this declaration and guilty of a crime punishable as a Class C Misdemeanor or fine not to exceed $500.00.”
“Exceptions to that, some of those things are malls, places of worship, grocery stores. You may ask, why are there so many exceptions? Well, a lot of it has to do with the movement of the people rather than just tight groups gathering,” says Payton.
Other places not included in this rule are government offices, licensed daycare facilities, office spaces, hotels, stores, weddings, and funerals.
According to Turner, “we want to make sure that it’s easy for our communities to understand the means and most importantly the precautions we all need to take.”
“The worst thing you can do is hurry out to Walmart or Sams Club or HEB or your favorite grocery store and think that we’ve entered another stretch of danger and emergency,” says the Mayor of Midland.
Both leaders can suspend any provision or prohibit any orders in the document at any time. The Declaration will take effect immediately and city officials will reevaluate each declaration in seven days to reassess if the declaration needs to continue.
The Mayor of Odessa says, “this is a very fluid situation things are changing daily.”