Mandatory shelter-in-place order specifics defined for Gregg County residents

Mandatory shelter-in-place order specifics defined for Gregg County residents
Essential v. Non-essential (Source: SOURCE: GREGG COUNTY)

GREGG COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - Longview Mayor Andy Mack and Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt issued a mandatory “Shelter-in-Place” order Wednesday to fight the spread of COVID-19. The mandatory order begins Thursday night at 11:59 p.m. and will last through Thursday, April 9 at 11:59 p.m.

Residents of Longview and Gregg County are mandated to stay inside their homes unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities”. Residents out of the home for necessary tasks are instructed to stay at least six feet away from others.

Essential businesses according to the orders are encouraged to stay open using essential staff necessary to operate and to send non-essential staff home. Businesses should comply with Social Distancing Requirements.

People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are urged to stay in their residence to the extent possible except as necessary to seek medical care.

Businesses determined essential

Government services such as emergency management and emergency responders, public works, garbage/sanitation, water and sewer utilities, development services, and animal control and animal sheltering.

Health care operations, including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers, home healthcare services providers, mental health providers, or any related and/or ancillary healthcare services. “Healthcare Operations” also include veterinary care and all healthcare services provided to animals. This exemption shall be construed broadly to avoid any impacts on the delivery of healthcare, broadly defined.

Fitness and exercise gyms and similar facilities are not included as essential businesses.

Essential Infrastructure, which is defined as the 16 critical infrastructure sectors as identified by the National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), including, but not limited to, construction, airport operations, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet, and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services), financial institutions, defense and national security-related operations, and essential manufacturing operations, provided that they carry out those services or that work in compliance with Social Distancing Requirements

Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supplies, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products), and liquor stores. This includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences

Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing

Gas service stations, auto supply, auto repair, bicycle repair shops, and related facilities.

Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals;

Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services

Banks and related financial institutions

Hardware and construction supply stores

Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.

Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes

Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers

Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or carry out. Schools and other entities that typically provide food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so under this Order on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up or take-away basis only. Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is provided, or at any other gathering site

Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home

Businesses that supply other Essential Businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate

Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences;

Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for Essential Activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this Order;

Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children;

Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, and children;

Professional services: legal, accounting, insurance, real estate services (including appraisal, survey, and title services);

Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in the guidelines to work as permitted;

Utilities, telecommunications, trash collection and disposal, law enforcement, EMS/ambulance, corrections, dispatch, animal shelters, governmental employees who have not been specifically deemed non-essential and sent home by the government entity;

Janitorial and maintenance services, funeral industry, defense industry, space and technology industry, technology support, and scientific research; and

Religious services provided in residences, Healthcare Operations, at funerals, or provided online while being broadcast from a religious facility.

Allowed activities

Activities essential to health and safety of family, household members, and pets, including for example obtaining medical supplies, visiting a healthcare professional or obtaining supplies needed to work from home.

Obtaining necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members or to deliver those services or supplies to others.

Engaging in outdoor activity, for example exercise or walking pets. However, social distancing requirements still apply.

To care for a family member or pet in another household.

Performing work at an essential business or to maintain minimum basic operations of a non-essential business.

Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store

Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities

Go to medical appointments (check with your doctor or provider first).

Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru

Care for or support a friend or family member

Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise — just keep at least six feet between you and others in the community

Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian if necessary

Help someone to get necessary supplies

Go to work for an essential business.

Residents SHOULD NOT go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by the guidelines. (Note: work arrangements should be made in consultation with your employer. Alternative work arrangements are recommended where possible.)

Residents SHOULD NOT visit friends and family if there is no urgent need.

Residents SHOULD NOT maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out.

Residents SHOULD NOT visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility.

For the purpose of the Shelter-in-Place orders, the term business includes any for-profit, non-profit, or educational entities, regardless of the nature of the service, the function they perform, or its corporate or entity structure.

Businesses may maintain “minimum basic operations” including the minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, ensure security, process payroll, and benefits, or for related functions. Additionally, minimum basic operations include the minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely.

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