Victoria City and County officials address enforcing State mandates for social distancing

Mayor Rawley McCoy and County Judge Ben Zeller address enforcing restrictions against "social gatherings"

VICTORIA – Mayor Rawley McCoy, County Judge Ben Zeller, and Dr. John McNeill addressed concerns about procedures to ensure social distancing in order to mitigate the threat of COVID-19.

Judge Ben Zeller and Mayor McCoy’s orders state, “That for purposes of this Order, a ‘Social Gathering’ is any indoor or outdoor event or convening, subject to the exceptions and clarifications below, that brings together or is likely to bring together ten (10) or more persons at the same time in a single room or space or an outdoor location where ten (10) or more people will be gathered within six (6) feet of each other.” Zeller’s order gives examples of “social gatherings” that would fall under this restriction as including, but not limited to: churches and other houses of worship, weddings, parties, funerals, sporting events, conferences, and other gatherings.

However, “Social Gathering” would not include things such as residential buildings or hotels, so long as 10 people are not in one space at a time.

Not included in the restricted gatherings:

  •  Airport facilities and operations
  •  Transit facilities
  •  Day care facilities, schools or institutions of higher learning
  •  Grocery stores and pharmacies
  •  Hospitals and medical offices and facilities
  •  Private residences

The orders state that food establishments are “ordered to close common dining areas to in-person dining, and strongly encourage to provide take-out, drive through, curbside and delivery food services. All bars are ordered to close common bar spaces to the public and are, “prohibited form allowing consumption within the bar.”

Local police are authorized to enforce these orders and it is stated that people in violation are committing an offense, “punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 and confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days.”

These county and city orders are effective immediately, and will continue until at least April 3rd.

You can read the entire on the Victoria County Public Health Department website at