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On March 19, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued a series of Executive Orders to further state preparedness and mitigation of the virus’ spread. The orders prohibit all social gatherings of more than 10 people; restrict nursing home visitation; prohibit eating and drinking at bars and restaurants or frequenting gyms and massage parlors; and close Texas schools.
These orders became effective on a statewide basis starting at 11:59 PM on March 20, 2020 and will end at 11:59 PM on April 3, 2020, subject to extension thereafter based on the status of COVID-19 in Texas and the recommendations of the CDC.
On the same day, Department of State Health Services Commissioner John Hellerstedt issued Public Health Disaster Declaration, triggering a number of important tools for state and local officials to respond to COVID-19.