WF City Council updates emergency order, no shelter in place planned yet

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UPDATE: March 25, 2020

The Wichita Falls City Council voted on Wednesday to approve all proposed changes to the disaster declaration. The changes will go into effect at 11:59 P.M. On March 25, 2020.

The council also stated that shelter in place would be considered when and if there is a community spread case of COVID-19 (coronavirus).


WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — The Wichita Falls City Council will meet in a special session tomorrow morning to consider adding more restrictions and business closures to the existing Declaration of Disaster signed by the mayor last Thursday.

The proposed new declaration would take effect Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.

If approved, it will be in effect until 1 p.m. April 8, unless modified or rescinded.

One change is for individuals who pick up food or beverages from dine-in restaurants.

The amended proclamation said people would have to leave both the indoor and outdoor premises, including the parking lot, within five minutes of receiving their food or beverage.

The new proclamation would also include closing adult entertainment dance facilities, personal grooming facilities such as nail salons and cosmetic applications, massage parlors, and tattoo and body piercing shops.

This does not include barbershops and hairstylist salons.

The proposed order would also instruct all businesses to take necessary steps to enforce a six-foot distancing protocol of all outdoor gatherings of customers, including lines of customers.

Again, if approved Wednesday morning, changes would go into effect Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.