Castro County under 'shelter in order'

Castro County will be under a "shelter in order" beginning on March 24 at 11:59 p.m. through April 3 at 11:59 p.m.

County Judge Carroll Gerber signed the Amended Order-Declaration of Local Disaster due to Public Health Emergency on Tuesday. That emergency includes the fact that 4 cases of COVID-19 have now been confirmed in Castro County.

All non-essential businesses are ordered to go to Minimum Basic Operations consisting of exclusively employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences.

All public gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a household or living unit are prohibitied, except for the limited purpose as expressly permitted below.

Religious and worship services may only be provided by video and teleconference. Religious institutions must limit in-person staff to 10 people or less and follow social distancing guidelines.

All travel except essential travel and essential activities are prohibited but allows travel into or out of the city to perfom essential activities, essential businesses or maintain essential governmental functions.

Essential Activities

Essential activities include activities related to health and safety of family members and pets; obtaining medical supplies or medication and visiting a health care profressional, or obtaining supplies needed to work from home.

Obtaining necessary supplies for themselves or their family or to delivers those services to others (groceries, pet supplies and other household consumer products and products to maintain safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences.

Outdoor activities provided the individuals comply with social distancing.

To perform work providing essential services.

Essential Businesses

Healthcare Operations and Essential Infrastructure
Essential Retail - grocery, farm and produce
Food cultivation - farming, livestock and fishing
Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations
Essential services necessary to maintain essential operations of residences and other essential businesses
News Media
Childcare services

Restaurants may prepare food for delivery, drive through or carry out. (patron MAY NOT wait inside for their orders)

Minimum basic operations

Minimum necessary to maintain the value of the business inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits and for related functions and necessary activities to facilitate employees of the businesses to continue work from residences.

Essential travel

Any travel related to the provision of or access to essential activities, essential governmental functions, essential business or minimum basic operations;
Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities or other vulnerable people;
Travel to and from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals and other related service;
Travel to return to a place of residence from outside the jursdiction;
Travel required by law enforcement or court order;
Travel by non-residents to return to their place outside of the city.

Social distancing requirements

Maintain at least 6 feet from other individuals
Proper hand washing/using hand sanitizer
Covering cough or sneezes into sleeve or elbow
Regularling cleaing high-touch surfaces
No shaking hands

Mandatory limit on toilet paper sales until supply chain meets the demand (12 rolls per purchase or one package per purchase.

Eviction hearings and writs of possession are canceled for at least 60 days.

If someone in the household tests COVID-19 positive, the entire household is ordered to isolate at home and not go to work, school or any other community function.

Law Enforcement are authorized to enforce the order.