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Coronavirus (COVID-19)A global pandemic and how it's affecting the communities in East Texas



East Texas is coming to a standstill as the government is issuing a "Stay at home orders throughout the cities in East Texas.

If you live in East Texas here is the information you need to know.


List of the city's Stay Home, Work Safe order starts (This list was published March 28, we will update this list March 30th)


Orange County's Stay Home, Work Safe order starts March 27 at 11:59 and will last until April 17 at 11:59.

Jasper County's Stay Home, Work Safe order starts March 28 at 11:59 and will last until April 10 at 11:59.

Gregg County Stay Home, Work Safe order starts March 26 at 11:59 and will last until April 9 at 11:59.

Smith County Stay Home, Work Safe order starts March 27 at 11:59 and will last until April 10 at 11:59.

Polk County Stay Home, Work Safe order starts March 27 at 11:59 and will last until April 3 at 11:59.

Tyler County issued a Stay Home order for residents that goes in to effect March 28 at 11:59 p.m. and will last until April 17 at 11:59 p.m.

Hardin County's Stay Home, Work Safe order starts March 27 at 11:59 until April 10 at 11:59.

Newton County's Stay Home, Work Safe order reportedly starts March 30.


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What is Open?

  • Essential Government Functions

  • Essential Businesses (see below)

  • Restaurants that serve food by take out, delivery or drive-through

  • Bars that serve food by take out, delivery or drive-through

  • Micro-Breweries that serve food by take out, delivery or drive-through

  • Micro-Distilleries that serve food by take out, delivery or drive-through

  • Wineries that serve food by take out, delivery or drive-through

  • Public Parks

  • Open Outdoor Recreation Areas

  • Religious and Worship Services by Video and Teleconference

What is closed, for now? (list is not exhaustive)

  • Playgrounds

  • Gyms

  • Fitness Centers

  • Swimming Pools

  • Sports and Recreation Training Facilities and Studios

  • Hair and Nail Salons

  • Spas

  • Licensed Massage Businesses

  • Tattoo Parlors

  • Concert Halls

  • Live Performance Theaters

  • Arenas

  • Stadiums

  • Movie Theaters

  • Game Rooms

  • Bowling Alleys

  • Arcades

  • Indoor and Outdoor Flea Markets and Swap Meets

  • Indoor Malls and Shopping Centers

  • Bingo Halls

  • Tanning Salons

Essential Activities are:

  • Performing tasks essential to health and safety, including: obtaining medication or visiting a healthcare professional

  • Obtaining supplies or services or delivery of those to others, including: food, pet supplies, household products, work from home supplies.

  • Engaging in outdoor activity, while keeping social distancing.

  • Performing work providing essential products and services to an essential business

  • Caring for a family member or pet in another household.

Essential Businesses include:

  • Critical Infrastructure as identified by the US Department of Homeland Security National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

  • Essential Government Functions including law enforcement, and other services for the health, safety and welfare of the public

  • Essential Healthcare Operations including hospitals, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, mental health providers, blood banks, home and residential based care for seniors, adults and children, veterinary and animal welfare operations

  • Essential Retail including grocery stores, warehouse stores, gas stations, convenience stores, food producers and service providers

  • Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations

  • Essential Services Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential Businesses including: trash and recycling collection, mail and shipping services, building maintenance and security, and funeral homes

  • News Media

  • Childcare and Adult Care Services

  • Infrastructure, Development, Operation and Construction Services including public works construction, housing construction, commercial, manufacturing, oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, and telecommunications systems

  • Transportation Businesses including car dealerships, parts distributors, maintenance and repair facilities, gas stations, vehicles for hire

  • Labor Union Functions

  • Port of Beaumont

  • Airports and related operations

  • Professional services including legal, accounting, insurance, and real estate services.

  • Other businesses that are not listed but either are or support critical industries or services.





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