The Stephenville City Council held a meeting on Wednesday, April 22 and passed an amended order declaring a local state of disaster due to a public health emergency.

This order now uses the most recent executive orders issued by Gov. Greg Abbott as the sole guide for restrictions and guidelines with a couple of exceptions.

The council decided to use Gov. Abbott’s order as a guide to streamline different orders into one document to try to minimize any confusion between the state and local regulations.

Every executive order the governor issues, it supersedes any local order in conflict with his order. The council decided to reduce the confusion and conflict between the city’s declaration and the governor’s executive orders by simply adopting the governor’s current order and any future orders.

As Gov. Abbott issues further executive orders that continue to reopen the state of Texas, they will immediately be in effect for Stephenville without creating any conflict with local orders or requiring any action from the Stephenville City Council.

The council’s new declaration includes:

•Reopening of city parks

•Groups of 10 from different households are still prohibited and social distancing is still encouraged

•Playgrounds, pavilions, ball fields and other structures remain closed due to potential exposure to the virus

• All other city facilities remain closed to the public.

•Flag sticks may be placed in holes at golf courses, but no golfer may remove the flag for any reason.

•If two members of the same household want to share a golf cart it is now permissible.

The governor has announced that he will be issuing more executive orders on Monday, April 27, that will define the next steps in reopening Texas. The council reminds residents that it is important to remember that until the next orders are issued in Texas, every person shall, except where necessary to provide or obtain essential services or reopened services, minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.

“The Stephenville City Council takes these difficult decisions very seriously. We listen to our constituents, our staff, and our advisors to provide as much information as we can receive,” Stephenville Mayor Doug Svien said in a statement. “Stephenville has made a difference by sheltering at home. It has helped to keep our COVID numbers down. We will continue to take the steps to keep our residents safe and healthy and to reopen the vigorous economy we enjoyed until a couple of months ago.”