Yesterday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order to contain the spread of COVID-19 across Texas. In it, the executive order states:
- Every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
- People shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; however, the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged during the limited duration of the executive order
- People shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
- Schools are temporarily close.
Big Spring Mayor Shannon Thomason said that the City of Big Spring knew something like this could happen, but it was still a bit of a surprise.
"I was on a phone call with the Governor [Wednesday], and [he] made no mention of this; and it really kinda seems a little bit rushed to me, but that, of course, could just be the nature of the pandemic. We've seen that on the city-side, as well, how fluid things become in a situation like this with new information coming out everyday and trying to provide information to the citizens of Big Spring," said Thomason.
He told KBest News that the City of Big Spring will do their best to get the information in the executive order out to the public as quickly as possible and as syncly as possible.
The executive order will go into effect as of 11:59 PM tonight and continue through 11:59 PM on April 3, 2020 unless extended by the Governor.