Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a statewide executive order which will go in effect at 12:01 am on Thursday, April 2nd and continuing through April 30th unless extended. This order will also close all schools in the state until May 4th unless extended.
In order to achieve the goals established by the President to reduce the spread of COVID-19, every person in Texas except those necessary to provide or obtain essential services to minimize social gatherings and minimize in person contact with people who are not in the same household.
“Essential Services” includes everything listed by the US Department of Homeland in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure. Anything not on their list would have to be approved by the Texas Division of Emergency Management. You may view the list and submit a request to them online at http://www.tdem.texas.gov/essentialservices.
In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people should avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms, massage establishments, tattoo parlors, hair salons, beauty shops and barber shops. The use of drive thru, pickup, or delivery options for food and drinks is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order.
This order does NOT prohibit people from accessing essential services or engaging in essential daily activities, such as going to the grocery store or gas station, providing or obtaining other essential services, visiting parks, hunting or fishing, or engaging in physical activity like jogging or bicycling, so long as necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and to minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.
This executive order shall supersede any conflicting order issued by local officials in response to the COVID-19 disaster and may be enforced by any law enforcement officer across the entire state. All executive orders concerning travel from other states into the State of Texas remains in force.