Scurry County's COVID-19 FAQ

The following FAQ regarding county's Coronavirus order is posted on the Scurry County website at


Frequently Asked Questions
Regarding New Order Directing Individuals to Stay at Home Except to Provide or Receive or Engage in Essential Activities

The Stay Home Stay Safe Order is effective as of 11:59 p.m., March 27, 2020, and it limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs. This Stay Home Stay Safe Order is in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020, unless extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended by the Scurry County Judge.

Please note that this FAQ is intended to assist the public with understanding their obligations and duties under the Stay Home Stay Safe Order. However, if anything in the FAQ is inconsistent with the terms of the Stay Home Stay Safe Order itself, the provisions of the Stay Home Stay Safe Order shall control.

What is the difference between "sheltering in place" or "staying home" and "social distancing"?

Sheltering in place requires people to stay at home and only leave the home for "Essential Activities," as defined in the Stay Home Stay Safe Order. Social Distancing refers to staying 6 feet or more away from others and to avoid gathering in groups of any size, as well as washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning high-touch  surfaces, and not shaking hands.

When does the Stay Home Stay Safe Order go into effect?

The Stay Home Stay Safe Order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 27, 2020. Although this is soon, please do not panic. The Stay Home Stay Safe Order allows for people to conduct Essential Activities outside of their Residences as listed in the Stay Home Stay Safe Order.

How long does the Stay Home Stay Safe Order last?

The Stay Home Stay Safe Order will continue to be in effect until 11:59PM on April 3, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Scurry County Judge.

Is this mandatory or is it just guidance?

This Stay Home Stay Safe Order is a legal Order that must be followed by all persons located in Scurry County, Texas. Failure to comply with this Stay Home Stay Safe Order shall be a criminal offense punishable by fine that does not exceed $1,000.00 or confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days.  See Section 17 of the Stay Home Stay Safe Order.

Am I allowed to leave my home while this Stay Home Stay Safe Order is in effect?

The intent of this Stay Home Stay Safe Order is to ensure that people remain in their Residences and minimize social interactions outside of their immediate family unit. However, you may leave your Residence for reasons specified in the Stay Home Stay Safe Order. These "Essential Activities" include ensuring the health and safety of yourself and your family, engaging in outdoor activity that does not involve close contact with other people, obtaining services and supplies for yourself and your family, and performing employment functions that are permissible under the Stay Home Stay Safe Order.

What is "Essential Activity"?

"Essential Activity" means engaging in activities or performing tasks that are deemed essential to your wellbeing and that of the community. Essential Activities include, but are not  limited to activities such as:
•    Activities or tasks essential to the health and safety of you and your family or household members, including your pets.
•    Obtaining food, household goods, and supplies to work from home.
•    Engaging in limited outdoor activity such as walking, running, or hiking, as long as Social Distancing Requirements are followed.
•    Working for or going to an "Essential Business".
•    Conducting "Minimum Basic Operations" for a non-essential business.
•    Caring for a family member or pet in another household.
•    Exchanging children between parents, guardians, or managing conservators pursuant to a child custody order or agreement between the parties.

Can I go to the grocery store?

Yes. However, families should not use grocery stores as a group outing. Only family members should shop whenever possible. People should quickly and efficiently shop and not use the grocery store as a "hang-out" location. Get what you need and leave.

Can I go to the County owned or funded parks?

Yes. At this time, Scurry County owned, or funded parks are open to the public during regular hours for exercise and outdoor activity as long as the Social Distancing Requirements are followed. Please follow the Scurry County website and social media for any updates on access to County owned or funded parks. For information regarding public access to non-County parks owned or operated by other jurisdictions, please contact those jurisdictions directly.

Can I leave home to visit friends or family members if there is no urgent need?

No, this is not an "Essential Activity." For your safety as well as other's safety, we need to help each other fight the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home.

Can I leave home to care for my elderly parents or friends who require assistance to care for themselves, or a friend or family member who has disabilities?

Yes. Please follow all health and safety guidelines such as washing hands, using hand sanitizer, maintaining at least six feet of distance when possible, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue. Please note that this activity should be limited to essential care only.

What if I can't get out of the home? How can I get supplies and food?

Please contact friends, family, or others you know who can provide support, as well as social service groups, food banks and area churches. They are permitted to pick up and deliver any of your necessities. You can also order food and other supplies and have them delivered to your Residence.

Other available resources include:

Meals on Wheels for Scurry County (meal delivery for seniors) Scurry County Senior Center Telephone: 325-573-4035
What is "Essential Travel"?

•    Any travel related to the provision of or access to Essential Activities, Healthcare  Operations, Essential Governmental Functions, Essential Critical Infrastructure, Essential Businesses, or Minimum Basic Operations.
•    Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons.
•    Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services.
•    Travel to return to a place of Residence from outside the jurisdiction.
•    Travel required by law enforcement or court order.
•    Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of Residence outside the County. Individuals are strongly encouraged to verify that their transportation out of the County remains available and functional prior to commencing such travel.

What if my business IS NOT considered an Essential Business?

Your employees can work from home if their jobs are ones that can be performed remotely. Non­ essential businesses may still conduct "Minimum Basic Operations," as defined in Section 9(b) of the Stay Home Stay Safe Order.

Can I leave home to go to my church, synagogue, or mosque?

No. However, places of worship can offer remote access to services, such as by emails, video streaming, or teleconference.

If my child's school is providing food or meals, can I leave home to go to the school to pick up the food or meals?


Where can I go for more information?

To stay up to date on COVID-19 issues in Scurry, including county office closures, please visit Scurry County's dedicated COVID-19 webpage at and 

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 949    
Snyder, TX 79550
Phone: (325) 573-5486
Fax: (325) 573-0044