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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Gov Abbott issues new Executive Order

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On March 31, Gov Abbott issued Executive Order GA14, effective 12:01 a.m. April 2, 2020. This order extends social distancing measures through April 30, 2020 and extends Texas school closings until May 4 for the purpose of preventing further community spread of COVID-19 in accordance with the guidelines from the President and the CDC (Center for Disease Control).  

The executive order states:

  • every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings;
  • people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; however, the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed;
  • people shall not visit nursing homes, retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance;
  • schools shall temporarily close

This executive order does not prohibit people from visiting a variety of places, including grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and banks, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Likewise, John Hellerstedt, M.D., Commissioner of Texas Public Health, declared a state of public health disaster for the State of Texas.  Declaration

Stay up-to-date on the most current information of COVID-19 by visiting the Texas Department of State Health Services or the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

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