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    Update: COVID-19 Executive Order GA-14, Issued 3/31/20

    Today, Governor Abbott issued a new Executive Order, GA-14, establishing statewide “Essential Services and Activities Protocols.”  This E.O. does NOT substantially change the current status of "essential services" in Texas, as it is reflective of the numerous local and county orders already issued. Rather, it is aimed at providing statewide continuity of essential services and activities during the COVID-19 pandemic disaster.
     
    The Governor’s E.O. directs all people to minimize social gatherings and in-person contact, except where necessary to provide or obtain essential services. The Order defines “essential services” to include the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, version 2.0, plus religious services, and anything TDEM adds to the list. It further directs that all persons should attempt to conduct or obtain essential services remotely, unless this is infeasible, in which case social distancing must be implemented.
     
    The order will remain in effect from April 2, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. through April 30, 2020, unless extended. (All schools will remain closed until May 4, 2020). This statewide order supersedes any conflicting order issued by local officials in response to COVID-19, but only to the extent that such a local order restricts essential services allowed by the E.O. or allows gatherings prohibited by the E.O.  We will continue evaluating whether there are any conflicts; however, if you have a specific question about how a local order may interact with the Governor’s E.O., please reach out.  
     
    The E.O. is enforceable by any law enforcement officer in the state of Texas, subject to fine and jail-time of up to 180 days, in addition to the potential issuance of a quarantine order against an individual.