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Dayton issues declaration of disaster public health emergency

The Dayton City Council has issued a second Declaration of Disaster for Public Health Emergency in response to COVID-19. The declaration, which supersedes the one issued by the Mayor last Friday puts into place recommendations made today by the White House. It went into effect immediately and will be in effect until the Council rescinds it.

There are currently no confirmed cases of the virus in Dayton, however, the declaration has been issued to assist the City in its efforts to prevent, and if necessary, contain COVID-19 from spreading throughout the city and county. The declaration prohibits community gatherings of over 10 people for its duration, authorizes the City Manager to suspend late fees on utility bills and echos White House recommendations of schooling at home where possible, avoidance of discretionary travel, and refraining from eating or drinking in bars restaurants or food courts.

In addition, certain nonessential City facilities are closed, including the Jones Public Library and the Dayton Community Center. All City events scheduled for March and April, including Food Truck Friday, Friday Night Bites and the Dr. Seuss Carnival will be canceled or postponed until further notice.

Municipal Court proceedings have been suspended for the duration of the declaration, however, Court staff will be available on an appointment-only basis. Citation fines and fees are payable online. To speak to a court clerk about a pending citation or any other court-related matter call 936.258.5312.

Public safety operations will continue, as usual, however, the Police Department recommends residents call, rather than visit. For emergencies, always call 911.

City Hall (including Utility Billing), and the Development and Planning Office will each remain open by appointment only during regular business hours. The City recommends residents take advantage of electronic payments online at www.daytontx.org, over the phone at 936-258-2642 or by using the kiosk located outside of City Hall (117 Cook St.). The kiosk accepts credit and debit cards, checks and cash. As a precaution, we ask residents to please pay with credit or debit cards if possible rather than cash. While we are still accepting cash, our employees have additional sanitation requirements for cash payments. Those wishing to submit plans or request permits or inspections are asked to first contact the Planning Office via email to planning@daytontx.org or by phone at 936-258-2642 ext. 1123.

Public Works will continue its operations as usual.

Residents can find the most current information from the City at www.daytontx.org.