Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran issued a two-week “Stay at Home” Order for all Smith County residents that takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020, and will continue through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2020, unless otherwise extended or terminated by further order of Judge Moran.

Because of the risk of the rapid spread of the virus through person-to-person contact, and the need to protect the most vulnerable members of the community, the “Stay at Home” Order requires all individuals anywhere in Smith County to stay at home – except to conduct certain essential activities, services and work.

For definitions or clarifications of Judge Moran’s “Stay at Home” Order, please visit www.Smith-County.com and click the red banner at the top of the page.

This “Stay at Home” Order still allows for essential activities, businesses, services, and travel to continue. Citizens are encouraged to review the below lists:

ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES

For the purposes of this Amended Order, these include:

  • Health care operations.
  • Businesses engaged in activities necessary for the operation, maintenance or support of critical infrastructure.
  • Grocery stores, farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of food and any other household consumer products, and liquor stores. This includes stores that sell groceries and non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences. This also includes facilities that provide warehouse and shipping services for the above mentioned products.
  • Food cultivation, including farming, livestock and fishing.
  • Businesses that provide food, shelter and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged individuals.
  • Newspapers, television, radio and other media services.
  • Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities.
  • Banks and related financial institutions.
  • Hardware and construction supply stores.
  • Firearms and ammunition manufacturer, sales or repair.
  • Plumbers, electricians, exterminators and others who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences.
  • Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post offices.
  • Laundromats, drycleaners and laundry service providers.
  • Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery, drive-thru or carry out. Patrons may not wait inside a restaurant for their food orders. Restaurants are urged to create a system that does not involve gatherings of people waiting to order or to receive their order.
  • Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home.
  • Businesses that supply essential businesses with support or supplies necessary to operate.
  • Businesses that warehouse, ship or deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences,       or to essential or locked businesses.
  • Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for essential activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this order.
  • Home-based care for seniors, adults or children.
  • Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults and children.
  • Professional services, including legal, accounting, insurance, real estate services, appraisal, survey and title services.
  • Childcare facilities providing services that enable essential employees to work. Childcare facilities must operate in accordance with guidelines provided by and under the direction of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, or any other regulatory agency or department.
  • Utilities, telecommunications, trash collection and disposal, law enforcement, EMS/ambulance, corrections, dispatch, animal shelters/animal control, & any other governmental employee who has been deemed essential by the respective governmental agency or department.
  • Janitorial and maintenance services, defense industry, space and technology industry, technology support, and scientific research.
  • Mortuary services, funeral homes, crematoriums, and cemetery workers.

ESSENTIAL SERVICES

People may leave their residence to work for or obtain services at any “health care operations,” such as hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology companies, other health care facilities, health care suppliers, home health care services providers, mental health providers, or any related and/or ancillary health care services. It also includes veterinary care and all health care services provided to animals. "Health care operations" does not include fitness and exercise gyms and similar facilities.

People may leave their residence to provide any services or perform any work necessary to the operations and maintenance of “Critical Infrastructure,” as more particularly identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. There are 16 critical infrastructure sectors, which can be found here: https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19.

Nothing in the “Stay at Home Order” shall prohibit the activities of any first responder, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatcher, detention officer, court personnel, or law enforcement personnel. It also does not prohibit any individual from performing or accessing “Essential Governmental Functions,” as determined by the governmental entity performing those functions. Each governmental entity shall identify and designate appropriate employees or contractors to continue providing and carrying out essential functions, and all shall be performed in compliance with social distancing.

Nothing in the order restricts the activities of any public, private, or charter school, or any homeschool association, including without limitation the delivery or pick-up of meals, supplies, or homework assignments.


ESSENTIAL TRAVEL

“Essential travel” includes travel for any of the following purposes:

  • Any travel related to the provision of or access to essential activities, essential governmental functions, essential businesses or basic operations.
  • Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons.
  • Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals and any other related services.
  • Travel to return to a place of residence from outside the jurisdiction.
  • Travel required by law enforcement or court order.
  • Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the county.


Non-essential businesses shall shut down except for maintaining minimum basic operations. Essential businesses and locked businesses exempted from shut-down are encouraged to determine staff who are essential to operations and to send non-essential staff home.