Judge declares Orange County a disaster zone

Judge declares Orange County a disaster zone

Orange County Judge Gothia

Gothia also orders 24-hour curfew and other restrictions

On Tuesday morning, Orange County Judge John Gothia issued a county-wide disaster declaration in light of the ongoing threat of the spread of the coronavirus or COVID-19. The Disaster Declaration is in effect for seven days unless continued or renewed by a vote of the entire Orange County Commissioners’ Court. The Disaster Declaration also invokes the Orange County Emergency Operations Plan and also vests Judge Gothia with all of the emergency and statutory powers allowed by state law to any County Judge during a declared emergency.

Using those powers the Judge issued an Emergency Order declaring, among other things, a county-wide curfew for all persons under age 18 for twenty-four hours a day during the duration of the order, an order banning all gatherings of more that 50 people, a set of price controls limiting the cost of certain good to the costs charged on March 12, 2020.



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