Curfew set for 10PM CST, MARCH 27, 2020
March 27, 2020 - Debra Smith, City of Timpson Mayor, signed an order on March 27, 2020 setting a curfew for 10pm nightly until 5am starting today.
WHEREAS, the Texas Department of State Health Services has now determined that, as of March 19, 2020, COVID- 19 represents a public health disaster within the meaning of Chapter 81 of the Texas Health and Safety Code; and
WHEREAS, the City of TIMPSON, Texas, is located in Shelby County, TEXAS and as of March 25, 2020 is under a DECLARATION of LOCAL DISASTER issued by County Judge Allison Harbison in response to the coronavirus; and
WREREAS, the City of Timpson on March 26, 2020 has received confirmation of COVID 19 in our local area; and
WHEREAS, many citizens, businesses, and our most vulnerable — the elderly require immediate protection against further exposure; and
WHEREAS, a curfew between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 5:00 A.M. preventing persons without proper authority from being upon the public streets or rights-of-way located within the City limits of Timpson will greatly assist health professionals and law enforcement in protection against unlawful gathering and further exposure.
NOW THEREFORE, I, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF TIMPSON, HEREBY FIND AND ORDER:
SECTION 1: That the findings and recitations set out in the preamble to this ORDER are found to be true and correct and they are hereby adopted and made a part hereof for all purposes.
SECTION 2: That it shall be unlawful for any person, without property authority, to be upon the public streets or rights-of-way located within the City LIMITS of Timpson between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 5:00 A.M. the next morning.
SECTION 3. That the Chief of Police is hereby authorized to designate other areas and to restrict access, ingress and egress to those areas, as warranted by circumstances
SECTION 4. That it shall be unlawful for any person, without proper authority, to be in an affected area that has been designated with limited or denied access, ingress, or egress and any person or entity who shall violate any provision of this ORDER shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined in a sum not to exceed $1,000. Each unauthorized entry into a designated, restricted area shall constitute a separate violation.
SECTION 5. That this ORDER shall expire upon the order of the Chief of Police.
SECTION 6. That, in accordance with the Texas Disaster Act of 1975, this declaration shall take effect immediately at 10 PM CST on March 27, 2020.
SO DECLARED AND ORDERED this the 27 day of March 2020
MAYOR , CITY OF TIMPSON