Texas Governor Greg Abbott reported at a press conference that non-essential businesses and activities will no longer be able to operate statewide. This, in an effort to combat the pandemic that has claimed 41 lives in the Texas, as of Tuesday.
Also ordered that all schools in the state remain closed until at least May 4.
“Any law enforcement officer in the state must enforce these new orders”, Abbott said, “and their violation can be punished by a fine or up to 180 days in jail”. He also stated that John Hellerstedt, the state’s director of health, has the authority to order mandatory quarantines, if necessary.
Texans will only be able to leave home for’ essential activities’ like grocery shopping or healthcare. Today’s executive order follows a decision by President Trump and the centers for disease control to extend social distancing guidelines to April 30th.
This order reviews and immense his previous mandate issued on March 19th all texas public schools will remain close to in-person classroom instruction until May 4th.
Essential industries like banking and agriculture will remain in business.
Local governments will continue providing services to their community members.
Abbott has joined other state officials, including Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath, to make the announcement from the state Capitol.