Another area county issues shelter in place order

Published: Mar. 25, 2020 at 11:50 AM CDT
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Robertson County issued a shelter in place order as part of the ongoing effort to stem 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 is effective from 9 p.m. Wednesday through 11:59 p.m. on April 8, but could be extended.

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

One case of the new coronavirus has been confirmed in the county.

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.