Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope announced Sunday evening, he is issuing a stay-at-home order, which goes in effect at 12:01 am Monday morning and will run through April 3rd. He said this does not change the restrictions currently in place for what qualifies as an essential business. Essential services include but are not limited to grocery, convenience and package stores, day care facilities, heath care providers and facilities, pet food and veterinary care, vehicle fuel stations as well as parts, repair and maintenance, homeless shelters and non profit providers of essential services, essential government services and facilities, banks, financial, legal, accounting, engineering, insurance and other professional services as well as office buildings. Others include transit and airport facilities and services, residential buildings, hotels and motels, except group meeting spaces, manufacturing, distributing and logistics, residential, commercial and industrial construction jobs and job sites and related supply chains within stated occupancy limits, laundromats and dry cleaners and call centers.
The order bans any gatherings, public or private, outside of a single household, and requires anyone who feels sick to stay home. During the news conference, the Mayor stated that city parks and golf courses will remain open and encouraged visiting, however, maintain social distance requirements and no gathering of people. He did state he expects citizens to comply as they have with previous orders, but stated it would be enforced by the Lubbock Police Department and Lubbock Fire Marshal’s office.
The announcement came just two hours after President Trump announced the White House coronavirus task force is recommending social distancing guidelines that are currently in place nationwide be extended through April 30th.
The City of Lubbock also announced 10 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed on Sunday and 10 new cases on Saturday. This brings the total cases in Lubbock to 51