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Gov. Abbott orders schools, restaurants, bars to close until April 3

Texas Governor Greg Abbott made an executive order on Thursday, March 19 that mandates all public schools, bars, and dine-in restaurants in Texas close until April 3; the executive order goes into effect midnight, Friday, March 20.

Gov. Abbott specified that all restaurants could offer take-out or drive-thru services. For DeWitt County, this order will affect over 50 restaurants/bars and five different school districts; Cuero ISD, Nordheim ISD, Meyersville ISD, Yorktown ISD and Westhoff ISD.

In his address, Gov. Abbott mirrored what the Center for Disease Control recommended in saying Texans should gather in groups of no more than 10 people and should avoid large crowds.

Gov. Abbott also added the only people able to visit nursing homes were people providing health care.

“This executive order is not a shelter in place order,” Gov. Abbott added, “this does not prohibit people from going to grocery stores or getting gas,” Abbott said. “Domestic travel is not prohibited. Offices and workplaces remain open, though employers should only ask essential personnel to report to work and encourage others to work remotely.” Gov. Abbott also clarified the declaration may be extended.

The Cuero Record will update readers on information as it becomes availble. 

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