To date, Governor Greg Abbott has avoided issuing a statewide shelter-in-place order. But he has encouraged localities to implement stricter measures based on their own discretion. Many different areas have chosen to do this, such as Austin/Travis County, Dallas County, and Harris County.
Some jurisdictions are even at odds with one another, such as McKinney and Collin County in which the former’s is more strict than the latter’s.
One example of a more stringent order is one enacted by the City of Cleburne. On April 1, Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain expanded the requirements of his previous orders to specifically prohibit more than one person in a household to leave a dwelling to engage in “essential activities.”
This includes grocery shopping “unless absolutely unfeasible.” One exception, however, permits more than one member of the household leave for outdoor exercise provided social distancing guidelines are adhered to.
“Our local orders are in compliance with Governor Abbott’s order,” the mayor stated of the move.
The order also requires stores to properly sanitize their shopping carts and other pieces of equipment.
Like other localities, Cleburne has enforcement provisions that permit penalties up to a $1,000 fine and up to 180 days of jail time.
The city’s shelter order was issued on March 27.
On April 1, the city confirmed two positive cases of COVID-19. Johnson County has 19 active cases of the virus with one death and one recovery.
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include confirmed case numbers.
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Brad Johnson is an Ohio native who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. He is an avid sports fan who most enjoys watching his favorite teams continue their title drought throughout his cognizant lifetime. In his free time, you may find Brad quoting Monty Python productions and trying to calculate the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.