Governor Abbott orders closures of all schools, bars, restaurants and other gathering places

Gov. Greg Abbott today ordered the closure of all schools “temporarily” as well as all gatherings of more than 10 people. Many school districts have already extended their breaks by a week or more in response to the Coronavirus outbreaks, but the governor’s action make closure mandatory statewide.

The executive order is in effect from midnight Friday (March 20) to midnight April 3. The prospect the governor extending the order and mandating closure through the school year unknown. The order effectively shuts down many other businesses like bars, restaurants and gyms for the same time period, although takeout service for restaurants is still allowed.

Read the full order here.

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