Governor Issues 2nd Executive Order Related to Covid-19

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Andrew Velarde, Staff writer

On March 31 Governor Greg Abbott issued a second executive order for the state of Texas. This document is related to COVID-19 preparedness and mitigation. 

“In accordance with guidance from DSHS Commissioner Dr. Hellerstedt, and to achieve the goals established by the President to reduce the spread of COVID-19, every person in Texas shall, except where necessary to provide or obtain essential services, minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household,” Abbott said.

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation which needs the help of people working together through the world to self-isolate. The governor’s order closed all schools through May 4th and restricted the public to only going out for essential services.

“This executive 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 the 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,” Abbott said.
The Texas Department of State Health Service website reported a total of 6,812 cases of COVID-19 and a total of 127 deaths as of April 5. Texas residents are forbidden from visiting nursing homes and long-term care facilities.  Additionally, any work that can be done from home should be.
“In providing or obtaining essential services, people and businesses should follow the Guidelines from the President and the CDC by practicing good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation, implementing social distancing, and working from home if possible,” Abbott said. ” In particular, all services should be provided through remote telework from home unless they are essential services that cannot be provided through remote telework. “