Abbott: all Texas schools, bars, gyms and in-room dining suspended

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issues Executive Orders to close all bars, gyms, schools and in-room dining at restaurants on March 19. Photo provided by Office of the Governor.

By Gaige Davila

In a series of Executive Orders slated to take effect tomorrow, Friday, March 20, at 11:59 p.m., Texas Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the closures of all Texas schools, bars, gyms and in-room dining in restaurants.

The Executive Orders will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. April 3.

Restaurants can offer to-go or delivery services only.

Read the full statement here.

Abbott’s actions are some of the several he, the state, Cameron County and Laguna Madre municipalities have taken to slow or prevent the spread of COVID-19, a novel coronavirus declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

On March 18, the PRESS received a tip from sources at the Sangria Condominiums on South Padre Island of two guests who tested positive for COVID-19 after leaving the Island. Cameron County later confirmed the cases publicly, after several attempts made by the PRESS for confirmation.

To date, in Texas, there are 161 people with COVID-19, according to the Texas Tribune, three of which have died. Twelve people have been tested for COVID-19 in Cameron County, with 8 testing negative and 4 pending. Fifty-seven self-quarantined Cameron County residents are being or have been monitored by Cameron County Public Health Department, with 17 cleared and 45 pending.

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    • Lois S Plaz on March 19, 2020 at 7:39 pm
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