After Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order to close establishments where large groups of people could potentially gather, including gyms and dining rooms of restaurants, Pearland Mayor Tom Reid signed an order enforcing the decision in Pearland, according to a press release sent out by the city of Pearland.
Pearland's order reinforces the state’s order by closing all Pearland bars, nightclubs, taverns, gyms, massage establishments, arcades, private clubs and restaurant dining areas, according to the press release. Those who violate the order may be subject to a fine up to $1,000 or up to 180 days of jail time, according to language found in the city of Pearland’s order.
The mayor also signed a second order allowing the city to waive development and nondevelopment fees while the disaster declaration is active. This gives the city the ability to waive animal adoption, city secretary, business signage and inspection fees if it so chooses. The goal of this order is to alleviate the burden the coronavirus has caused for the city’s businesses and residents, according to the release.
Both orders go into effect March 21 and remain in effect until April 3, barring an extension by the city.