Another Central Texas county issues shelter in place order

Milam County issued a shelter in place order on Tuesday. (Milam County photo/file)
Milam County issued a shelter in place order on Tuesday. (Milam County photo/file)(KWTX)
Published: Mar. 24, 2020 at 2:59 PM CDT
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Milam County issued a shelter in place order Tuesday as part of the ongoing effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The order, like those issued earlier by the City of Waco and McLennan and Bell counties, requires nonessential businesses to close, bans nonessential travel, and requires residents to maintain a social distance of at least six feet when they do have to leave their homes.

The order becomes effective one minute after midnight Wednesday and remain in effect until 12:01 a.m. on April 7.

Violators can be issued class C misdemeanor citations, which carry a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine or 180 days in jail.

Essential businesses include healthcare, grocery stores; farmers’ markets; food banks; convenience stores; liquor stores; farming; livestock; fishing; social services; newspapers; television stations; radio stations; other media outlets; gas stations; auto supply; auto repair; banks and financial; hardware and construction supply; plumbers; electricians; exterminators; mailing and shipping services; laundromats; dry cleaners; restaurants (drive-thru or takeout); food trucks; businesses that sell products needed by those working from home; businesses that ship or deliver groceries; food products or services directly to homes; airlines; taxis; private transportation services; home-based care for seniors; adults of children; residential facilities and shelters for seniors; adults and children; professional services such as law offices; accounting firms; insurance and real estate; childcare facilities (under specified conditions); utilities; telecommunication; trash collection; law enforcement; EMS and paramedics; animal shelters; janitorial and maintenance services; funeral homes and providers; defense; space and technology; technology support; and scientific research. Essential activities include travel related to health care or health care for pets; picking up supplies needed to work from home; making purchases at a grocery store (one person per family); picking up food at a restaurant; caring for a family member or pet in another household; and outdoor activities such as running; biking or walking.