Rural Texas leaves room for many businesses in Atascosa County to remain open and essential. Atascosa County businesses, both essential and non-essential, quickly assimilated to keep employees employed and their businesses open even if for some it meant their doors were closed.
There is not a shelter in place, but Governor Greg Abbott has inched as close as he can get to the order for the state of Texas. Last Tuesday, Gov. Abbott issued an Executive Order implementing Essential Services and Activities Protocols for Texas. The protocols direct all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. This order is to remain in place through April 30, 2020.
Since the first declaration, many local businesses innovated to stay open while following the state and local protocols. These businesses include retail favorites such as such as The Gypsy Moon Market, Lesley’s Flowers and Gifts, Paisley’s, Vintage Lace Antique Boutique and Flowers and Pink Cactus.
Many essential businesses are going the extra mile to take precautions to keep customers safe while providing needed services and goods. Those essential businesses include many of the Pleasanton Express’ advertisers who support community news such as Kinsel Ford, Price Powersports, Granzin’s Meat Market, The UPS Store, Café Chris, Sunshine House Coffee, South Texas Natural Wellness, New Century Hospice, Germania – Lil- lian Cashmer Insurance, Jeff Chicoine – State Farm, JM Connected Auto Sales, Clearwater Pool & Spa, Sears, City Cleaners, Genesis Drug Testing, Hurley Funeral Home, Michael Repka Law Office, David B. Wilkerson, Law Office, Claude Zabava – State Farm, Bert Williams Insurance, Lew’s at Pleasanton Country Club, RM Car Care, Texas Size Shade, South Texas Farm & Ranch, Tractor Supply, Fun Time Nutrition, Safer Path Family Violence Shelter and CASA.
Basically, the rules for citizens currently state that you can leave to perform essential activities, go to work, and obtain services from essential businesses which are allowed to remain open such as:
• Grocery stores,
• Liquor stores
• Social services and charities
• News media
• Gas stations • Banks • Hardware/supply stores • Plumbers • Electricians • Exterminators • Pool cleaners • Mail/delivery services • Laundry services • Restaurants if they remain take-out only • Businesses that sell supplies to help people work from home • Transportation services like ride shares • Legal, accounting, insurance, and real estate services • IT • Moving supply services • Hotels and motels • Funeral services • Childcare facilities
Essential activities are defined as:
• Getting healthcare
• Necessary supplies
like food and items to
work from home
• Taking care of others
• Performing work or
getting services from
an essential business
or government service
• Outdoor activity like
exercising if you can
maintain social dis
Go to bars, eat inside restaurants and food courts, or visit gyms, massage establishments, tattoo studios, piercing studios, and hair/nail/cosmetology salons. You cannot go to entertainment centers such as theatres and bowling alleys. School is not to be held and will remain temporarily closed to in-person classroom attendance through May 4, 2020. There are to be no sporting events or school activities.
In accordance with federal guidelines, people are still prohibited from visiting nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
If you have questions concerning essential businesses, please call the Atascosa County Emergency hotline at 830-580-2606 or the Pleasanton Emergency Management Office hotline at 830-569-2813. Also, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services is available to answer your questions. Dial 211 option 6 for COVID-19 answers.