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Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales issues Stay-At-Home order

Post Date:03/25/2020 5:25 PM

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I. Effective as of 11:59 p.m. on March 26, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 8, 2020:

  • (a) All individuals currently living within Nueces County are ordered to shelter at their place of residence. For the purposes of this Order, residences include homes, condominiums, townhomes, apartments, duplexes, hotels, motels, shared rentals, recreational vehicles, motor homes, and similar facilities. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonable as possible maintain social distancing of at least six (6) feet from any other person when they are outside their residence. All persons may leave their residences or enter or leave the territorial limits of this County only for Essential Activities, or to provide or perform Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses, all as defined in Section 2.
  • (b) All business operating within Nueces County, except Essential Businesses as defined below in Section 2, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within Nueces County. For clarity, businesses may continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e. working from home). To the greatest extent possible, all Essential Businesses shall comply with the Social Distancing Guidelines attached as Exhibit "A" and incorporated in its entirety, including maintaining six (6) feet social distancing for both employees and the general public.
  • (c) All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited, except as otherwise provided herein. Nothing in this Order prohibits the gathering of members of a household or living unit.
  • (d) Restaurants with or without drive-in or drive-through services and microbreweries, and micro-distilleries may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-through services in such manner consistent with Texas Governor Greg Abbott's waiver.
  • (e) Religious and worship services may be provided by video and teleconference. Institutions must limit inperson staff to 10 people or less in the same room when preparing for or conducting video or teleconference services, and all individuals must follow the Social Distancing Guidelines (including the social distancing guideline of six (6) feet).
  • (f) All elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures are prohibited anywhere in Nueces County. Hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental offices, and other medical facilities are directed to identify procedures that are deemed "Elective" by assessing which procedures can be postponed or cancelled based on patient risk considering the emergency need for redirection of resources to COVID-19 response. Elective surgeries and procedures that are designed to reduce risk to patients or treat painful or potentially disabling conditions may be continued.

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