With the recent spike in Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, city officials say they're doing everything they can to flatten the curve.
Mayor Dan Pope says this weekend state regulatory agencies will be in town, monitoring businesses within city and county limits. Charley B's and The Library have pending suspensions from TABC for violating the governor's emergency order last week.
"Our contact tracing shows that many of our positive cases including, unfortunately, at least one death, are from people who have been in multiple bars," Pope said.
The mayor says the city is also talking with school districts about limiting spread in indoor areas, where families might gather to watch their kids play sports.
He says to expect an announcement from the city manager later this week, regarding the closure of large facilities and athletic facilities through the end of the year.
The city also plans on asking big-box retailers to self-impose occupancy limits lower than the state requires.
"We want all of them to be as good of citizen as Costco is. You can't go into Costco without your mask on," Pope said.
Pope says he is reluctant to put pressure on businesses to enforce mask-wearing through fines, as he says the responsibility falls on individuals.
"If you walk in a business and they're not taking it seriously, it's easy to tell. And I suggest you turn around and high-tail it out of there," he added.
All city council, board and commission meetings will be virtual for the remainder of the year.
Mayor Pope says the city will continue operating under the governor's order, but that it requires personal responsibility.
Dr. Ron Cook agrees and says he knows the community has what it takes to slow down the spread.
"Each citizen in our community and surrounding communities has the ultimate control in not spreading this virus," Cook said.
Pope says because of the harm to small businesses, the city is not considering a lock down.