Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order issued Thursday, March 19, 2020, taking effect at 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2020 supersedes any limitations on gatherings issued by Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams.
Below is an excerpt from Governor Abbott’s Executive Order:
"NOW, THEREFORE, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas, do hereby order the following on a statewide basis effective 11:59 p.m. on March 20, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020, subject to extension thereafter based on the status of COVID-19 in Texas and the recommendations of the CDC:
In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; provided,however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order.
In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, schools shall temporarily close.
This executive order does not prohibit people from visiting a variety of places, including grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and banks, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. This executive order does not mandate sheltering in place. All critical infrastructure will remain operational, domestic travel will remain unrestricted, and government entities and businesses will continue providing essential services. For offices and workplaces that remain open, employees should practice good hygiene and, where feasible, work from home in order to achieve optimum isolation from COVID- 19. The more that people reduce their public contact, the sooner COVID-19 will be contained and the sooner this executive order will expire.
This executive order supersedes all previous orders on this matter that are in conflict or inconsistent with its terms, and this order shall remain in effect and in full force until March 31, 2020, subject to being extended, modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by me or by a succeeding governor."