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Tyler, Texas

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Feb. 25, 2021, 11:31 a.m.


The City of Tyler and Smith County are subject to the governor’s guidelines. Gov. Greg Abbott announced Sept. 17 that most of the state can open to 75 percent capacity on Sept. 21. The state will use data-driven hospitalization metrics to determine expanding occupancy levels.


On July 2, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order that requires most Texans to wear face masks any time they are in a public space and are unable to maintain social distancing.

Stay at home

Gov. Greg Abbott allowed the state’s stay-at-home order to expire at the end of April.


Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Sept. 17 bars statewide will continue to remain closed.

The governor issued Executive Orders expanding occupancy levels for restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms and exercise facilities and classes, museums, and libraries, and re-authorizing elective surgeries for a majority of the state of Texas. The Governor also announced new guidance related to visitations at nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the state.

Gov. Abbott issued an executive order limiting certain businesses as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51 percent of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12 p.m. today. Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50 percent of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.

Nursing homes, assisted living facilities

New visitation guidance for eligible nursing homes, assisted living facilities, intermediate care facilities, home and community-based service providers, and inpatient hospice effective Thursday, Sept. 24. Residents will be allowed to designate up to two essential family caregivers to allow them inside a facility for a scheduled visit, including in the resident’s room. Designated caregivers will not be required to maintain physical distancing, but only one caregiver can visit a resident at a time.


Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath said graduation ceremonies will be allowed if the school districts follow certain constraints.

How to help

Here is a list of opportunities to serve your neighbors in East Texas this week

How to get help

The East Texas Food Bank is providing food box distributions every Friday.