The City of Longview has issued a mandatory order for residents to Shelter-in-Place through Thursday, April 9 beginning Thursday, March 26 at 11:59 p.m., due to the threat of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Gregg County also issued a similar order. The orders come after the announcement of additional confirmed Gregg County cases on Wednesday, March 25.
You should shelter at home unless doing essential activities or business.
- You may still leave your home, but we ask that you limit your activities.
- You may still go to the grocery, pharmacy, medical appointments, or to get necessary supplies.
- You may still go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru
- You may still go outside. In fact, you are encouraged to do so. Please, take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise, walk your pets — just keep at least six feet between you and others in the community
- You may still go to work for an essential business.
- You do not need to carry a permission letter to leave your home. It is presumed everyone will comply for the good of the community.
You should restrict your non-essential travel.
- Although non-essential travel is restricted, this order does not place the city on lock-down. Travel into and out of the City is still allowed to perform essential activities, operate essential businesses, or maintain essential governmental functions.
Essential businesses should continue to operate, but non-essential businesses should cease activities except minimum basic operations.
As part of the Shelter-in-Place provisions, all individuals should shelter at their place of residence, except for essential activities and business. Additionally, to the extent individuals use shared indoor or outdoor space, they should maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet. All travel, except essential travel and essential activities, is discouraged.
The Shelter-in-Place orders also direct businesses, except Essential Businesses, to cease all activities except minimum basic operations. All Essential Businesses are strongly encouraged to remain open. However, even Essential Businesses are encouraged to determine essential staff necessary to operate and to send non-essential staff home. To the greatest extent feasible, Essential Businesses shall comply with Social Distancing Requirements. Essential Businesses include a variety of different types of businesses that provide essential goods and services for the community, such as healthcare, grocery stores, gas stations, hardware stores, banks, laundromats, transportation, media, construction, and several others detailed within the directive.
A person who knowingly or intentionally violates the order commits an offense punishable by a fine up to $1,000 and/or confinement in jail for a term that does not exceed 180 days, and each day or portion of a day that such a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.
To assist with answering questions about the Coronavirus, the City of Longview has established a Coronavirus hotline at 903-237-1215. The hotline will be staffed from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., seven days a week.