On Tuesday, March 31, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-14 regarding additional direction for social distancing and essential businesses across the state, which took effect at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, April 2 and continues through the end of April. The governor’s statewide order supersedes local directives, including the mandatory Shelter-in-Place order previously issued by the City of Longview.
Essential services in the governor’s statewide order include the 17 sectors included in the Department of Homeland Security critical infrastructure list, as well as religious services and business services approved by a determination from The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). See the TDEM website for more information.
Per Texas Executive Order GA-14 the following are NOT considered “essential services”:
- Cosmetology Salons
- Massage Establishments
- Tattoo Studios
- Piercing Studios
- Eating/Drinking Inside of Bars/Restaurants/Food Courts
Many key aspects of the Governor’s order are very similar to Longview’s previous Shelter-in-Place order, with both calling on individuals and businesses to limit their non-essential activity to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).