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Mayor Bartie issues order for Port Arthur complying with county, state ordinances

Port Arthur Mayor Thurman Bartie issued a fifth amendment to his “Stay at Home, Work Safe Order” on Friday (June 26) mirroring orders from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick.

The city order, which immediately went into effect, adopts the order from Branick requiring public establishments to implement a policy requiring workers and customers to wear face coverings.

Peace officers, Port Arthur Code Department inspectors and the office of the fire marshal are authorized to enforce the order, which could result in a fine not exceeding $1,000 for each offense.

Branick’s order went into effect Wednesday (June 24) and expires at 11:59 p.m. June 30, unless otherwise extended.

Abbott on Friday issued executive order No. GA-28, which limits restaurants to 50 percent occupancy of the maximum capacity starting Monday (June 29); shuts down bars, liquor stores and other establishments that receive more than 51 percent of their business from alcohol sales (but may remain open for delivery and take-out); closes rafting and tubing businesses and requires approval of outdoor crowds of 100 or more people from local governments with certain exceptions.

Abbott did not set an expiration date for his order.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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