Information & Updates on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
With the City of Temple falling under the mandatory “shelter in place” order issued by Bell County on March 23, most city services will continue to remain available to residents online and by phone, but non-essential services will no longer be provided by appointment. Essential services such as emergency response, trash pick-up and roadway repairs will continue to be performed as safely as possible. Click here to view the city's latest press release.
All City facilities remain closed to public walk-in traffic. The safety of our residents and staff is paramount, and by minimizing public contact and fully implementing social distancing guidelines, the City of Temple hopes to limit risk while continuing to provide the important services our citizens depend on. City facility closures include government buildings, museums, community centers, pools, recreation and rental facilities. For a detailed list of City facility closures, please click here.
Bell County Judge Issues "Shelter in Place" Order
Bell County Judge David Blackburn has issued a mandatory "shelter in place" order for all of Bell County, including the City of Temple, effective at midnight March 23 through at least April 6. Residents will only be allowed leave their homes to perform essential activities or to operate essential businesses.
Essential businesses can remain open and should practice social distancing guidelines if possible. All businesses that do not fall under one of the above categories are required to cease all in-person activities at facilities located within Bell County. Operations can continue if employees work from home.
If you have any questions about the "shelter in place" order, call Bell County's COVID-19 hotline at 254-933-5203 or visit Bell County's COVID-19 FAQ page.
In response to COVID-19 safety recommendations, the City of Temple’s Recycling Processing Facility and Drop-Off Center #1 at 3015 Bullseye Lane have been temporarily closed. The direct handling of collected materials must be suspended until these services can again be safely performed in conformance with recommended health protocol.
Even with the recycling facility closures, there will be no changes to residential or commercial pick-up schedules. The City of Temple Solid Waste Department will continue to service all curbside customers as normal, but recyclable materials will be diverted to the landfill until recycling services can safely resume. Recycle Drop-Off Center #2 at 602 Jack Baskin Dr. will remain open, but an attendant will not be present. Please direct any questions to the Solid Waste Department by phone (254-298-5725) or by email: email@example.com
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Temple Mayor Tim Davis declared a local state of disaster on Thursday, March 19, 2020. This disaster declaration will allow the City of Temple to request disaster recovery assistance from the federal government. The local declaration incorporates by reference the most current orders, declarations and directives issues by Bell County’s Judge and Commissioners Court. On March 24, 2020, the Temple City Council extended the Mayor's disaster declaration for as long as necessary due to the COVID-19 crisis.
On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a national emergency, which provides that eligible emergency protective measures taken to respond to COVID-19 at the direction or guidance of public health officials may be reimbursed under Category B of FEMA’s public assistance program. Even though the president, the Governor of Texas and the Bell County Judge have each declared a state of disaster, state regulations provide that the mayor must declare a local state of disaster before a city may request disaster recovery assistance.
Cleaning of City Buildings/Staff Protection
On Thursday, March 12, City of Temple custodial staff began implementing additional cleaning procedures in all city facilities, to include spraying all public entry way door handles & knobs with an alcohol based, hospital type disinfectant. In addition, custodians and departmental employees have increased the use of foaming disinfectant cleaners as well as disinfecting wipes on commonly touched solid surfaces.
Guidance has been sent to all city departments about proper handwashing techniques while on the job. Facility personnel are also providing hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to city staff to use at their workstations when requested.
Temple Fire & EMS Protocol Updates
When residents call 911, Bell County Communications will be asking a series of screening questions to help determine if the patient is at risk of having COVID-19. If those questions show a positive response, the following precautions will be taken:
- Only responders required to properly handle the call will be dispatched.
- The first emergency response agency to arrive will have one crew member enter the building and take precautions to minimize the possibility of virus transmission.
- The patient will be evaluated, and if further responders are required for proper care, they will enter the building.
- The patient will be transported to the appropriate medical facility if needed after consultation with Medical Control Physicians.
- The patient will be transported using the proper protective measures.
- After treatment/transport is completed, any equipment used will be disinfected per established protocols.
The Fire Chief/Emergency Manager will continue to monitor the situation and if further action is required by CDC/Public Health guidance, the department will take the appropriate actions to assure they are followed.
Temple Police Protocol Updates
The Temple Police Department is encouraging its employees to follow the CDC’s recommendations for personal hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The department is increasing sanitation efforts throughout its building, including areas where there is a high rate of public contact. Additionally, officers have been encouraged to routinely sanitize their vehicles and equipment. Officers have also been issued gloves and masks to protect themselves and those they come in contact with.
While public schools remain closed, TPD will allocate its School Resource Officers to patrol shopping districts to prevent and respond to potential issues. The department encourages residents to remain patient and calm while shopping. For the next four weeks, TPD will not hold any educational classes or community events. This measure will be revisited as the situation continues to unfold. Fingerprinting services for the public are also suspended until further notice.
To reduce instances of in-person contact, residents are encouraged to use the department’s online reporting system by clicking the “Report a Crime” tab on the Police Department’s website, www.templetx.gov/police. Residents should be aware that the department’s social media accounts are not monitored on a 24/7 basis and that the department cannot take reports that are submitted via social media messages.
Municipal Court Updates
While Municipal Court proceedings have been cancelled following guidance from the Texas Supreme Court, the Municipal Court clerk’s office remains open. Future court schedules are still being determined. Residents are asked to call or email the court remotely in order to get the most up to date information about their case.
Due to health concerns regarding in-person court appearances, the Temple Municipal Court will begin accepting appearance by email, fax or letter. Requests by email, fax or letter should be postmarked or received by the scheduled court date. Please include all information available to you regarding your case. All those scheduled to appear must call to confirm receipt of your communication.
• Call the court at 254-298-5687
• Email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Fax the court at 254-773-4301
Local, State and Federal Updates
City of Temple Press Releases
The following City events and programs are cancelled, postponed or held virtually:
All city-sponsored events have been cancelled, which includes Bloomin’ Temple scheduled for April.
All events held at City rental facilities will be cancelled, including the Mayborn Convention Center, Gober Party House, and the city’s sports fields.
Zone After-School Program is closed.
The City of Temple will be postponing meetings for the Police Chief Community Open House.
The May 2020 Parks Bond Election has been cancelled.
PREPARE YOUR BUSINESS FOR A POTENTIAL COVID-19 OUTBREAK
- Tell sick employees to stay home
- Stress the importance of healthy behaviors
- Perform routine cleaning and sanitizing
- Prepare to support “social distancing”