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Posted on: March 23, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Governor and Galveston County Extend Orders for Essential Services and Activites

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On March 31, Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order that renews and expands the Governor’s previous directive to minimize social gatherings and minimize contact with people who are not in the same household. It also renews the Governor’s directive to avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, and visiting gyms or massage establishments, and it expands the order to include tattoo studios, piercing studios, and cosmetology salons. In accordance with federal guidelines, people are still prohibited from visiting nursing home, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance. Additionally, schools will remain temporarily closed through May 4, 2020 .

To stay in line with the actions taken at the state level, Galveston County Judge Mark Henry on April 1 issued a new “Order of Essential Services and Activities” for Galveston County mirroring Governor’s Abbott executive order.

Both Governor Abbott’s statewide executive order and the new “Order of Essential Services and Activities” for Galveston County take effect on April 2, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and will last until April 30, 2020.

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For people and businesses that have questions about Governor Abbott’s new executive order or what is considered essential, they can visit or send an email to

To view a copy of the Governor’s latest order click here.

To view a copy of Galveston County’s latest order, click here.  

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