Wichita County amends order to allow in-person real estate sales, nurseries open

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About a week after receiving a letter from two county court at law judges requesting workload assistance, Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom is now commenting.

About a week after receiving a letter from two county court at law judges requesting workload assistance, Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom is now commenting.

WICHITA CO. (KFDX/KJTL) — Shorty after Governor Abbott signed into effect his executive order, Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom held a press conference to announce the changes he made to the disaster declaration.

Among the changes are reopening garden stores and reducing restrictions on golf courses, a topic that seems to cause much conversation.

Gossom loosened restrictions on three areas in the order, allowing 6 and not a 50 feet distance between folks on golf courses, with groups of no more than three playing together.

Realtors can return to regular business but with precautions such as enorcing the wearing of masks and sanitizing.

Nurseries can reopen and stores can reopen plant departments as long as customers are kept to 50% of the allowed occupancy.

One resident said he is pleased with what officials are doing but believes more can be done for dine-in services at restaurants.

“Reopening dine in but to make that safe, say that no restaurant can hold more than 10 people and within that restaurant everybody needs to be spaced out, six feet apart,” Wichita Falls resident Ross Brotherton said.

Brotherton said this not only helps business owners but allows relief for folks in the service industry.

He added that Abbott’s order was not clear enough and Gossom agreed.

“His goal is to see us loosening up and having an appreciable amount of opening the economy by the end of this month but that is not in defined terms yet,” Gossom said.

Gossoms said however his job is to do the best he can for the county, while following the governor’s orders.

Gossom said also in discussion is to open retail stores in the same fashion as box stores and nurseries at a 50% occupancy but they haven’t gotten that leeway from Abbott just yet.

The changes go into effect 11:59 p.m. Friday and Mayor Stephen Santellana said the city order has been amended to coinside with the county’s and will come to a vote Tuesday.

You can view the full Wichita County disaster declaration below.