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Stay Home Stay Safe Orders

UPDATE: Williamson County Order extended through April 30

Post Date:03/24/2020 1:14 pm

UPDATE 4/7/20: Williamson County's Stay Home Stay Safe Order has been extended through April 30, 2020.  For complete information visit www.cedarparktexas.gov/coronavirus and see the Recent Updates and Orders section. 

In a proactive effort to reduce the number of new COVID-19 cases Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt have issued Stay Home Stay Safe Orders for all individuals in Williamson and Travis Counties. These two Orders cover all of Cedar Park.  The Orders take effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020, and will continue through 11:59 p.m. on April 13, 2020, subject to the limited exceptions. The Stay Home Stay Safe directives are intended to help control the spread of the coronavirus by keeping people isolated at home.

Exceptions include performing essential activities, such as purchasing food, and going to and from essential businesses and essential government services or perform construction, including housing.

All non-essential businesses are ordered to close under these directives, leaving only hospitals, fire departments, law enforcement and limited essential businesses including grocery stores and pharmacies open.

Essential activities and essential businesses during this order include but are not limited to: 

  • Tasks that are essential to maintain health and safety, such as going to the hospital, obtaining medicine from pharmacies, clinics, veterinary offices and other healthcare service facilities
  • Getting necessary supplies for you, your family or household members, such as groceries, pet food, food bank, farmers’ markets, convenience stores, carry-out or delivery restaurants, and other essentials for staying at home
  • Getting to work for essential businesses or services, including roles needed to maintain basic operations such as security, payroll, and similar activities
  • Engaging in outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking or running—just as long as you maintain at least 6 feet of physical distancing
  • Caring for a family member in another household, and caring for elderly people, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or other vulnerable persons
  • Childcare facilities providing services that enable essential employees to continue functioning
  • Gas stations and auto repair facilities
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Critical infrastructure including energy, water, solid waste collection and other governmental services
  • Hardware stores, plumbers, electricians, and other service providers necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other essential businesses
  • Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning
  • Businesses that provide social services and necessities of life for economically disadvantaged individuals and shelter facilities

For details on included essential businesses and essential activities, please see orders.  You may read the Williamson County Order here and the Travis County Order here.

With these Orders in place, the goal is to prevent exceeding hospital capacity and to avoid overwhelming the health care system by flattening the curve and reducing the spread of the coronavirus.

If you have symptoms of respiratory illness including cough, fever and shortness of breath, please contact your health care provider. It is important to call ahead before arriving at a clinic, urgent care or emergency department to avoid potential spread. For more information, visit www.wcchd.org/COVID-19 or www.wilco.org/COVID-19.

For more information regarding COVID-19 and Cedar Park, please visit our COVID-19 web page.

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