UPDATE JUNE 24, 2020
Fort Bend County Judge KP George signs order regarding the use of Facial Protection, effective midnight tonight. The following is a message from Judge George, as well as a link to the order.
"In the last seven days, cases have begun to rise exponentially. During his press conference yesterday, Governor Abbott stated that these cases began during Memorial Day weekend and they have been relentless since then. It is important to note while overall cases are increasing, the positivity rate of people tested has nearly doubled, from 4.8% of people tested getting positive results to 9%.
As of last week, when our cases of COVID-19 started skyrocketing, the Governor announced his support of local governments' abilities to require businesses to enforce face coverings for customers and employees.
I am issuing an order effective midnight tomorrow, June 25, to all commercial and retail businesses physically located in Fort Bend County to require employees and customers to wear face coverings while they are inside the business. Every business must post easily visible signage at the entrance of their business informing customers that everyone inside the store must wear a face covering.
You do not have to wear a face covering if you are outside, consuming food or drink, while in a business that requires security surveillance or screening, for example, at a bank, or if wearing a face covering poses a greater mental or physical risk to your person.
There are already many businesses that are requiring facemasks in their store, offering hand sanitizer to customers, and providing additional safety equipment and social distancing measures to keep their employees safe. Thank you to everyone who is doing their part, no matter how small. We are all in this together and if we continue doing our part, we will succeed in beating the coronavirus without the Governor of Texas forcing lockdowns or other extreme measures.
As I have always said, our decisions will be based on data, science, and input which is why we will be issuing this important health and safety measure. Thanks everyone. Together we can keep Fort Bend open for business AND keep our people safe."
Full Order: https://bit.ly/2NrkPn3
UPDATE: APRIL 2, 2020
Fort Bend County Judge KP George has amended the “Stay Home to Save Lives” order to be effective through April 30, 2020.
The amended order abides by Governor Greg Abbott's March 31, 2020 executive order which defined essential services and limits local orders, per the release. Full Order: https://bit.ly/3bHszeJ
The Fort Bend County Judge, K.P. George has issued a ‘STAY HOME TO SAVE LIVES’ order, mandating all residents’ stay at home beginning at midnight, tonight (March 25, 2020) lasting until 11:59 pm on April 3, 2020, unless extended.
All individuals living within Fort Bend County are ordered to stay at their homes unless they are leaving for essential activities, essential government functions or to operate essential businesses.
You may still go to the grocery store and restaurants (to go orders only) exercise outside and go to work at businesses considered essential.
You can see the full order and which businesses are considered essential at: https://tinyurl.com/s9cnr3o
Remember, the earlier these measures are taken, the more time we will have to stop the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, avoid others, and wash your hands often.
Stay Strong, Stay Safe Fulshear.
We're in this together.
Please continue the following:
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands that are visibly soiled.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Practice Social Distancing
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Texas Department of Health and Human Services
- Fort Bend Health and Human Services