City & County Orders/Declarations REMINDER

As a Reminder to the March 24, 2020, email, if your city or county has not issued an Order or Declaration regarding a shelter-in-place or stay-at-home order, please contact your local officials, including the mayor, city council members, county commissioners, and county judge, regarding issuing a consistent city and county order and include “automobile dealership” as an essential business so that both service and sales are able to remain open.

Examples of language in Orders allowing sales and service include:
1. Harris County, Order of County Judge Lina Hidalgo
(March 24, 2020)
Paragraph 2.b. For purposes of this Order, Essential Businesses include:. . .xii. Transportation. Businesses related to the operation, maintenance, construction, and manufacture of transportation services. For example, (a) vehicle manufacturers, automotive suppliers and parts departments, car dealerships, parts distributors, maintenance and repair facilities; . . .

2. City of Austin Order 20200324-007, The Mayor of the City of Austin
(March 24, 2020)
Paragraph f. Essential Businesses means:. . .vi. Gas Stations and Businesses Needed for Transportation. Gas stations, automobile dealerships, auto-manufacturing and assembly, auto-supply, auto repair, and other related facilities; . . .

3. City of El Paso, Local Emergency Directive, Mayor of El Paso
(March 24, 2020)
Section 6. Definitions and Exemptions g. Essential Businesses. For the purpose of this Directive, “Essential Businesses” means: vi. Gas Stations and Businesses Needed for Transportation. Gas stations, fuel suppliers, tire stores, establishments engaged in renting or leasing passenger cars and trucks, bicycle or motor repair shops, automobile dealerships for the sale of either new or used cars, auto-manufacturing and assembly, auto-supply, auto-repair, and other related facilities; . . .

4. Bexar County, Executive Order NW-03 of County Judge Nelson W. Wolff
(March 23, 2020)
Paragraph I. 2. (i) Definitions of Exempted Business and Exempted Individual Activity: (b) For purposes of this Executive Order, Exempted Businesses are defined as follows: (v) Transportation. Businesses related to the operation, maintenance, construction, and manufacture of transportation services. For example, a) vehicle manufacturers, automotive suppliers and parts departments, car dealerships, parts distributors, maintenance and repair facilities, . . .

5. City of San Antonio, May Ron Nirenberg, Emergency Order #5
(March 23, 2020)
Paragraph 2.b. For purposes of this Declaration, Exempted Businesses means: v. Transportation. Business related to the operation, maintenance, construction, and manufacture of transportation services. For example: 1. Vehicle manufacturers, automotive suppliers, car dealerships, parts distribution, maintenance and repair facilities.

The U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a Guidance Memorandum on “Identification of Essential Critical Workers During COVID-19 Response” on March 19th listing automobile maintenance and repair facilities as well as truck maintenance and repair as essential services.

Vehicle sales, rental, and leasing are also critical to the infrastructure of the city, county, and state as transportation and replacement vehicles are a necessity for all residents for groceries, medical needs, gasoline as well as first responders such as law enforcement and firemen, and our nurses, doctors, and city/county officials and employees.

The issuance of a consistent city and county order including a dealership as an essential business is central to getting through the current situation.