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Posted on: March 29, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Stay Home Work Safe Orders

As of today, March 29, 2020, City of Nacogdoches Mayor Shelley Brophy and Nacogdoches

County Judge Greg Sowell have amended the original disaster declarations and issued separate

but joint stay home, stay safe orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This comes in

response to recommendations from local medical professionals after evidence of potential

community spread and the county health physician stating this effort is “medically necessary.”

The order states all individuals in Nacogdoches county are to stay home, with exceptions,

effective noon, March 30, 2020. Those who fail to comply with these orders are punishable to a

fee up to $10,000 or confinement in jail for up to 180 days.

“I don’t take this decision lightly or without considerable forethought to how it will affect our

community,” said Judge Greg Sowell. “We’re at the point where only stringent measures to

maximize social distancing will combat the spread of this virus. We can not allow our hospitals

and healthcare workers to be overwhelmed.”

Under the stay home, stay safe order, Nacogdoches leaders hope to preserve public health and

safety and ensure the local healthcare system is capable of serving all.

“We encourage members of the public not to panic. The city has an emergency response plan in

place, and we are following it closely,” said Mayor Shelley Brophy. “Essential city services will

continue to be provided.”

Links to Declaration of Public Health Emergency Regarding Covid-19 from the County and City

of Nacogdoches.

This declaration will last until 12:59 pm on April 7, 2020, or until it is either rescinded,

superseded, or amended.

For information on how this pertains to your business, email—phone inquiries

will not be accepted at this time.

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Stay Home Order Overview

Beginning at 12 noon tomorrow, March 30, 2020, Mayor Brophy and Judge Sowell are ordering

all individuals living within the City and County of Nacogdoches to stay home and travel only

to perform essential activities, essential government functions, or to operate essential

businesses as outlined here. Please read the order carefully to see how daily activities and

business will be impacted.

The following are four categories of allowed activities:

1. Activities related to maintaining the health and safety of their family, household

members, and their pets. Examples are seeking emergency services, obtaining medical

supplies or medication, and visiting a healthcare professional. This includes caring for a

family member or pet in another household.

2. Activities to obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves, their family and

household, including groceries or food (such as from curbside or drive-thru pickup from

restaurants), pet supplies and pet food, supplies needed to work from home and consumer

products, and picking up materials for distance learning or school-provided meals.

3. Outdoor activity, such as walking, running or cycling, but only if social distancing is

upheld, such as staying six feet away from other people.

4. Working for an exempted business or government that is providing essential services

or products needed by the public during this crisis, which is explained in detail below.

All public and private gatherings consisting of more than 10 individuals or anyone other than a

person’s own household or family are prohibited.

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Stay Safe Order

The Mayor and Judge have also ordered all businesses to close and stop operations other than

minimum basic operations such as allowing employees to work from home, maintaining security

and maintenance of the business’ property, and facilitating information technology services that

allow employees to work from home.

Businesses and organizations that are providing products and services that are needed by

the community during this crisis are exempt. The followed exempt businesses may continue

operating, provided they exercise proper social distancing:

● Healthcare operations, including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmaceutical companies,

healthcare facilities and suppliers, home-based care and residential facilities for seniors

and children, and veterinary care;

● Essential infrastructure including construction, water, sewer, gas, electrical, roads and

solid waste collection and removal, internet, telecommunications systems, first

responders, emergency management personnel, law enforcement, emergency dispatchers,

animal shelters;

● Government functions as determined by the government entity to perform those

functions provided social distancing requirements are met;

● Businesses related to food sales, delivery, and cultivation such as grocery stores,

farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, food and good delivery operations, pet

suppliers, liquor stores, farming, livestock, and fishing;

● Charitable organizations providing food, shelter and social services to economically

disadvantaged or vulnerable populations, including animals;

● Businesses engaged in the sales, transporting, and licensing of firearms, knives,

ammunition and gun supplies.

● News media, including newspapers, television, radio and other media outlets providing

information to the public;

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● Businesses related to transportation, including gas stations, repair shops, car

dealerships, manufacturers, and recreational vehicle suppliers and sales;

● Financial institutions, such as banks, credit unions and title companies;

● Hardware and construction supply stores;

● Companies providing or maintaining services necessary to maintain safety, sanitation,

and essential operation of residences, activities, and businesses, such as mail and

shipping companies, laundromats, dry cleaners, building maintenance, plumbers,

electricians, exterminators, janitorial and maintenance services, funeral industry, and

professional services, such as legal or accounting services, insurance, and real estate


● Restaurants and food service offering drive-thru and pick-up services only;

● Businesses that supply products for people to work from home or business to operate;

● Public and private transportation services providing essential travel, such as buses,

taxis, rideshare companies and the airport;

● Childcare services for exempted workers to perform essential activities and work;

● Religious services, provided services are distributed by video, teleconference or other

remote measures.

The Nacogdoches Coronavirus Call Center is available Monday-Friday, 9am to 4 pm. Concerned

citizens can call 936-468-4787 for screening and scheduled testing.

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