Government Orders in Texas to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
By now, nearly everyone has been made aware of COVID-19; it’s pretty much impossible to ignore. The novel coronavirus has impacted the daily lives of the majority of people not only in America, but in the world as a whole.
As citizens and governments alike have finally come to realize the virus is not going away any time soon, they have implemented various measures to slow its spread. What is Texas doing to combat the coronavirus?
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared a stay-at-home order that takes effect on April 2nd. This order entails that individuals must stay at home with the exception of making essential trips. Social distancing requirements have been expanded and activities taking place are limited to essential service work.
Though the governor has been reluctant to speak the command, “stay home,” the order issued by the Texas state government is effectively the same as the shelter-in-place/stay-at-home orders issued by other states, with a few small differences.
Read on below for some answers to common questions regarding the Texas coronavirus response. Keep in mind that this is subject to change, as we’ve seen all too clearly thus far with anything regarding COVID-19.
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How long are schools scheduled to be closed in Texas?
Schools are scheduled to be closed until at least May 4th.
How long will non-essential businesses and services be closed?
Non-essential businesses have been forced to close until the end of April.
Are people allowed to leave their homes at all?
Yes. Governor Abbott was very hesitant to call his decree a “stay-at-home order,” because he believed this gave the wrong impression. While people are strongly encouraged to stay home as much as possible, they may leave for groceries or other essential activities. They may also leave for exercise. When going out in public, it’s important to be cautious and to practice social distancing.
Are the rural areas of Texas safe from the virus?
No, the virus is spreading to all areas of Texas. Everyone should follow the CDC guidelines for slowing the spread, no matter if they live in a city or a small town.