WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COVID-19
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) causes a respiratory illness with fever and cough.
- Download CDC handout — “What you need to know about COVID-19”
- CDC guidance on Mass Gatherings, Large Community Events- CDC recommends that for the next 8 weeks (through May 10) organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States. Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing.
- This order does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed an executive order banning gatherings of 10 or more, dining in restaurants and closing gyms, among other measures. Bars will also be closed until the executive order expires. The executive order goes into effect at midnight on Friday, March 20, 2020 and it will remain in effect until midnight on April 3, 2020. The order could be extended further, depending on the status of the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Texas.
- Every person in Texas must avoid social gatherings that have more than 10 people.
- People shall not eat and drink at bars, restaurants and food courts or visit gyms. There will be no dining at bars or restaurant dining rooms since they will be closed. Restaurants can still offer take-out options.
- People shall not visit nursing homes, retiring centers or long-term care facilities unless they're providing critical care assistance.
- All Texas schools must close temporarily. This does not mean that education stops. Superintendents will continue to work with the Texas Education Agency to continue online or additional educational options.