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The President issued a Major Disaster Declaration for Texas under the Stafford Act on 3/25/2020. This type of declaration makes the state eligible for many federal assistance programs for both individuals and public infrastructure.
The President issued an Emergency Declaration for Texas under the Stafford Act on 3/13/2020. This type of declaration provides federal assistance to supplement certain types of state emergency operations.
The Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner has declared a "state of public health disaster." The declaration includes several actions that individuals and businesses must take to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
This executive order states that from 11:59 PM 3/20/2020 to 11:59 PM 4/3/2020 every person in Texas SHALL NOT: 1) Attend social gatherings of more than ten people. 2) Visit restaurants, bars, gyms, or massage parlors. However, drive-through, delivery, and pickup services are "allowed and highly encouraged." 3) Visit nursing homes, retirement homes, or long-term care facilities "unless to provide critical assistance." 4) Schools shall also close.
In this executive order, the Governor extends many of the social distancing practices outlined in previous orders through April 30, 2020. Schools will remain closed until at least May 4th, 2020. It also states that Texans should stay home unless they are participating in "essential" services or activities.
This chapter of the U.S. Code, also known as the Stafford Act, sets out the procedures for declaring certain types of disasters or emergencies. It has definitions of the two types of declarations under this chapter: "Emergency" and "Major Disaster."