Please remember that discharging fireworks in the City of Houston is illegal. Call HPD’s non-emergency number, 713-884-3131 if you see fireworks in your neighborhood. Although HPD will work overtime, please keep in mind that District A is very large, and they cannot be everywhere at once. They will do their best to address all complaints!
Have a great Independence Day weekend, and please stay safe!
Harris County Face Covering Requirement
On Friday, June 19th, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo signed an order requiring businesses to generate, post, and implement health and safety policies which include, at a minimum, a requirement that workers, customers or visitors wear face coverings.
The order directs all commercial entities providing goods or services to require that all employees or visitors to a business premise wear face coverings in areas that involve any proximity to co-workers or the public. Face coverings may include homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas, or a handkerchief. Commercial entities must post the health and safety policy in a conspicuous location sufficient to provide notice to employees and visitors of all health and safety requirements.
A copy of the order may be found here.
1. SHOULD I WEAR A MASK? The CDC is encouraging everyone, 10 and older, to wear mask in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
2. I DON’T HAVE A MASK. WHERE CAN I GET A FREE MASK? Councilmembers are hosting mask distributions for their individual districts. Click here to learn your district Council Member or by calling 3-1-1.
3. WILL I RECEIVE A FINE FOR NOT WEARING A MASK? The City of Houston is not giving out citations for not wearing a mask. The MASK UP! campaign is to educate the public on the benefits of wearing a mask to keep the virus at bay.
4. CAN I WEAR A MASK I MADE MYSELF? Absolutely. Wearing a mask you made actually helps to ensure we can supply doctors and other frontline workers with masks.
5. I WANT TO SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN. HOW CAN I HELP? Excellent. Volunteers are what make our city great. There are several ways you can support the campaign. We have a digital media kit with images. Feel free to download here and share on your social media platforms. You can reach out to your councilmember to see if they need help with mask distribution. And of course, the biggest way to help is to wear a mask every time you’re in public to show others how important this initiative is to the health of our city.
6. HOW DO YOU WEAR A FACE MASK? According to the CDC, cloth face coverings should:
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
7. WHAT IS SOCIAL DISTANCING? According to the CDC, social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people
- Do not gather in groups
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings
8. HOW DO YOU SOCIAL DISTANCE IN PUBLIC SPACES? According to the CDC, if you need to shop for food or medicine at the grocery store or pharmacy, stay at least 6 feet away from others. Also consider other options:
- Use mail-order for medications, if possible.
- Consider a grocery delivery service.
Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others, including when you have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store.
- Cloth face coverings should NOT be placed on children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- Keep at least 6 feet between yourself and others, even when you wear a face covering.
Avoid gatherings of any size outside your household, such as a friend’s house, parks, restaurants, shops, or any other place. This advice applies to people of any age, including teens and younger adults. Children should not have in-person playdates while school is out. To help maintain social connections while social distancing, learn tips to keep children healthy while school’s out.
Anyone, regardless of symptoms, can receive a free COVID-19 test. Call 832-393-4220 for an access code and directions to nearest site. The Distric A location is at Delmar Stadium. You need the access code to get the test. Do not show up to the location without the code.
If you reach the call center after hours, are requesting a test for you or someone else, and plan to come in the following day, please complete a prescreening application.
Prescreening space is limited and will close once capacity is reached. Unique IDs are valid for 24 hours.
Please visit HoustonEmergency.org/covid19 for more information about COVID-19 and data.
Parks Department Suspends Summer Enrichment Program
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department has made the difficult decision to close all 19 Community Centers that have been serving as locations for the 2020 Summer Enrichment Program until further notice due to the rapidly changing circumstances and the accompanying situations surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
The closures will not affect the operation of the department’s meal program for youth offered at the Community Centers. Visit www.houstonparks.org for more information.