County, city issue shelter in place order
County Judge Ron Massingill has issued a county-wide shelter in place order to take effect at 11:59 p.m. The order states that all county residents "shall stay at their place of residence, except as allowed by this Order." The 11-page decree details a number of exceptions that allow people to move about outside of their homes. The document can be read in its entirety here. The order permits restaurants to continue with take-out service and allows non-essential businesses to continue certain minimum basic operations. Essential businesses include grocery stores, financial institutions, news media, childcare services, construction under a valid permit, and others. Many businesses classified as non-essential, such as gyms, hair salons and nail salons have already closed temporarily due to the pandemic. Massingill's order was issued as the Granbury City Council was holding an emergency meeting to discuss and consider a similar shutdown. The meeting was live-streamed but closed to the public due to the current health concerns. The council unanimously approved a similar order, which also goes into effect just before midnight. However, the council's end date for the decree was left open-ended; Massingill's states that the county order will expire on April 7, though it is subject to change. The city's document can be read in its entirety here.