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).