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Public buildings, parks, library to remain closed until at least February
The city of Pearsall has extended its closure through Sunday, February 28, citing public health and safety concerns during the current coronavirus pandemic.
The extension of the safety declaration comes on in the wake of an apparent increase in the number of positive coronavirus cases across the county. City councilors learned during a meeting of local governments on Monday, December 7, that Frio County was averaging 22 active cases a day, which represents a steep increase over ttwo positive cases per day in November.
“I recommend we extend the declaration until Feburary,” Pearsall City Manager Federico Reyes said at a council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8. “And I ask that the community help with the mask mandate.”
Frio County Judge Arnulfo Luna has signed a mandatory order that all people in the county wear facial coverings when in public. The judge also encouraged citizens to wear masks in their own homes.
City councilors voted unanimously last week to close the Victor Trevino Sports Complex, library, civic center, community center and all city-owned parks.
“This is a reflection of declaration number eight,” Reyes said. “It also references the governor’s order GA-32.”
The city manager said the jogging trail at the sports complex would remain open; however, the fields behind the facility would not be open for residents to use.
Reyes told councilors that anyone in violation of the order could be cited for criminal trespass.
Pearsall Police Chief Peter Salinas said that anyone caught at the parks would be in violation of the governor’s order but it would be the city who would have to file criminal trespassing charges.
“We ask them to leave,” the police chief said. “But we have overall compliance.”