The city council late Tuesday extended a coronavirus-related local disaster declaration by 21 days to April 14, allowing for police to fine violators up to $2,000.

The declaration now largely follows the rules and guidelines contained in a March 20 order Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made, limiting social gatherings to fewer than 10 people, closing schools, bars and gyms and banning dine-in eating at restaurants, aside from a key difference — the local declaration provides guidance that the owner of a restaurant or the host of a large social gathering will be the ones fined, officials said.

Council members will decide whether to extend the declaration at the next council meeting, officials said.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com


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Matt deGrood worked at The Daily News as a reporter from Sept. 2016 to March 2020.

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Chuck DiFalco

Places of worship are exempt from fines.

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