County issues Stay Home, Stay Safe order

Scurry County Judge Dan Hicks today issued a Stay Home, Stay Safe order effective at 11:59 p.m. Friday.
The initial order has a duration of seven days, although Hicks and Dr. Bid Cooper said it could be extended as needed.
“All individuals currently living within Scurry County, Texas ("the County") are ordered to shelter and stay at their place of Residence. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces as allowed hereunder, they must at all times as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their Residence,” the order states.
“All businesses operating in the County, except Essential Businesses… are required to cease all activities at  facilities located within the County except Minimum Basic Operations,” it states.
Hicks asked county residents to self-regulate their activities.
“We’re asking in this order to keep guidelines already in place. We want you to self-regulate. Follow the CDC guidelines. Wash your hands. If you’re sick, stay home. Cover your coughs and sneezes.”
Hicks reiterated that there are still no positive test results in Scurry County for the COVID-19 virus. 
Among the essential businesses listed in the order are (this list is not complete): Healthcare Operations, Essential Critical Infrastructure, and Essential Government Functions; Grocery stores, certified farmers' markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products); Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, fishing, and garden centers; Residential, transportation and commercial construction; Businesses that provide food, shelter and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals; Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services; Gas stations and fuel suppliers; Auto-supply, auto-repair, auto parts, auto-maintenance, vehicle manufacturing, vehicle sales and related facilities; Banks and related financial institutions; and Hardware stores.

Restaurants will still be allowed to provide drive-through and carryout services, according to the order.
The full order, including the list of essential businesses and what the order does and does not allow, can be found online at The Snyder News will update its reporting for stories to appear in this weekend’s edition.

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