Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Closing Restaurant Dining Rooms, Schools, Gyms and More
By Office of Communication
Posted on March 19, 2020, March 19, 2020

Coronavirus Update

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed an executive order Thursday designed to slow the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19.

The order takes effect Friday, March 20 and runs through 11:59 p.m. April 3, 2020. It is based on orders and recommendations from President Trump and the Centers for Disease Control.

Under the order:

  • No more than 10 people are allowed at social gatherings.
  • Restaurant dining rooms must close. Texans are encouraged to utilize drive-thru windows, carry-out options and delivery services. (This order aligns with Arlington City Council members’ decision Wednesday.) 
  • Gyms must close. 
  • Visitors will not be allowed in nursing homes, retirement facilities or long-term care centers unless they are there to provide critical assistance. 
  • Schools will remain closed. District superintendents should work with the Texas Education Agency to continue online or additional educational options.