Gov. Abbott temporarily closes schools, restaurants, gyms, bars statewideFree Access

Effective midnight March 20, Gov. Greg Abbott will temporarily close schools, restaurants, gyms and bars statewide in his most sweeping step yet to stop the spread of novel coronavirus. Restaurants now will be drive-thru and “to go” only, plus delivery. The order is effective at midnight tomorrow and continues until April 3, the Governor stated in a live broadcast at noon today.

“All jurisdictions must work to contain the spread of COVID-19 for at least the next two weeks,” he said.

Until today, Abbott had left much of the COVID-19 decision-making to mayors, county leaders and elected school boards. This declaration now supersedes all local declarations.

Abbott said this is not a shelter declaration and that individuals are free to leave their house, shop at businesses, go to the bank, parks and even travel domestically unrestricted. It is recommended that Texans should gather in groups of no more than 10 people and they should avoid large crowds. Individuals are not allowed to visit nursing homes or retirement centers unless providing critical assistance.

Texas is the 10th state nationwide to require restaurant and bar closures, and nearly all states have implemented statewide school closures. As of today, Texas has 234 known cases with four deaths.  Twenty-five of those cases are in Bexar County.

“We must strangle the expansion (of COVID-19) by reducing the way we are currently transmitting it,” Abbot said. “We are doing this now, so that we can get back to business, as usual, more quickly.”

Many restaurants locally are swiftly moving to offer new ways of delivering food to their customers or offering drive-thru. The Pleasanton Express will be regularly publishing updates from local restaurants to keep the public posted on what businesses are offering and at what hours.  If you are a local restaurant, please email us your change in service at or message us on Facebook.

The City of Pleasanton will be holding its regularly held City Council meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The meeting will be live-streamed on the City of Pleasanton’s Facebook page. Mayor Travis Hall will be addressing the Governor and State of Texas’ declaration.

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