UPDATED: Dublin extends closings/restrictions, moves elections
The Dublin City Council voted to extend the declaration of emergency conditions announced March 13 until further notice in a special meeting held Friday, March 20.
Votes were also called for the: amendment of the personnel policy for the COVID-19 emergency; and to suspend the May 2, 2020 City Council election and special election regarding the sale of alcohol and mixed beverages within the city limits, moving both votes to coincide with the Nov. 3 general elections.
The personnel policy amendment that was unanimously approved will allow administrative leave (without the use of sick time or vacation time) for at-risk city employees (including those who are age 60+, have a chronic disease or compromised immune system or are pregnant). The amendment also provides pay for those who need to stay home with young children due to daycare closings or are providing care for a sick member of their household.
The election vote was called at the request of the offices of the Governor and Secretary of State as well as Erath County. It was noted that the vote may not be reversed if conditions improve before the original called election date, but most council members felt there was not much point in arguing the matter if it was being requested by the state and county. The vote was carried with council member Darrell Curry being the only vote against.
Dublin city officials met March 13 to address concerns over the Coronavirus (COVID-19), deciding to cancel events/gatherings on City Property as well as closing the Dublin Public Library until further notice.
Dublin Mayor David Leatherwood is issuing a declaration of emergency based on the decisions arrived at in that meeting.
The City is restricting gatherings of 10 or more people on city property and cancelling city events, such as The St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The Dublin Public Library will be closed starting tomorrow, and is extending due dates on any books, movies and media currently on loan. (Items may still be returned in the dropbox outside.) All library events, such as classes, are also being cancelled.
Those paying their water bill are encouraged to use the drop box or pay online with receipts available via e-mail.
City officials will continue to monitor CDC guidelines and meet regularly to re-evaluate the situation.
The restrictions have led to the cancellation of many of the events planned for the March 13/March 14 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration including:
- The Dub Pub
- Live music on the Crazy Heart Stage
- All events and vendors set for the Corner Lot
- Kids activities at Dublin Public Library
- The Gyroplane fly-in at the Dublin Municipal Airport
Things Celtic has also announced the cancellation of their live music schedule, encouraging everyone to stay safe and stay healthy.
The Dublin Chamber of Commerce issued the same sentiments, expressing disappointment about the cancellation of St. Pat's events but excitment for bigger plans for teh Summertime Celebration in June.
Non City-sponsored events that are still planned for March 14 include:
- The Shamrock Shuffle 5K
- Dublin Market Days at Wright Historic Park
- The grand opening of the National Health & Public Safety Museum at 112 S. Grafton (starting at 9 a.m. The Saturday ribbon cutting and the Sunday dedication have been postponed.)