Governor Abbott Issues Executive Orders To Mitigate Spread Of COVID-19 In Texas

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Governor Abbott has issued Executive Orders to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID=19) in Texas.
The Order reads: “Pursuant to his powers as Governor of the State of Texas, Greg Abbott has issued the following:
Executive Order No. GA-08 relating to COVID- 19 preparedness and mitigation.
Relating to COVID-19 preparedness and mitigation.
WHEREAS, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been recognized globally as a contagious respiratory virus; and WHEREAS, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on March 13, 2020, certifying that COVID-19 poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in the state of Texas; and WHEREAS, COVID-19 continues to spread and to pose an increasing, imminent threat of disaster throughout Texas; and WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised that person-to-person contact heightens the risk of COVID-19 transmission; and WHEREAS, the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, as promulgated by President Donald J. Trump and the CDC on March 16, 2020, call upon Americans to slow the spread of COVID-19 by avoiding social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people, using drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options at restaurants and bars, and avoiding visitation at nursing homes, among other steps; and WHEREAS, the Texas Department of State Health Services has now determined that, as of March 19, 2020, COVID-19 represents a public health disaster within the meaning of Chapter 81 of the Texas Health and Safety Code; and WHEREAS, under the Texas Disaster Act of 1975, “[t]he governor is responsible for meeting . . . the dangers to the state and people presented by disasters” (Section 418.001 of the Texas Government Code), and the legislature has given the governor broad authority to fulfill that responsibility.

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