JUST IN: Williamson County issues stay-at-home order through April 13

Williamson County issues stay-at-home order March 24. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County issues stay-at-home order March 24. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Williamson County issues stay-at-home order March 24. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Williamson County officials called for a stay-at-home order during a March 24 press conference.

The order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. March 24 through 11:59 p.m. April 13, County Judge Bill Gravell said.

"The coronavirus knows no boundaries," Gravell said. "So we must as community come together and work together collaboratively."

Williamson County is asking all residents to stay home and stay safe with only essential businesses and activities taking place outside residences. Essential businesses include grocery stores, food banks, convenience stores, carry-out or delivery restaurants, hospitals, pharmacies, clinics, veterinary offices and other healthcare service facilities, childcare facilities providing services that enable essential employees to continue functioning, gas stations and auto repair facilities, and banks and financial institutions.

The order also states that nonessential businesses should also cease activities but may continue operations as long as all employees or contractors are doing their work from his or her residence.


"We're really asking for Central Texas to do is to come together and work as a region to care for those that are around us," Gravell said.

Prohibited activities include all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or dwelling unit . All travel including travel on foot, bicycle, scooters and public transit are prohibited unless for the purpose for essential activities. Officials recommended that people still go for walks or jogs outside but limit to solo activities. If he or she must interact with someone, he or she should keep at least six feet of distance, officials said.

"As you may know, eight of the 10 deaths in the United States have been in persons over the age of 65," Williamson County Health Authority Dr. Lori Palazzo said. "In Williamson County, we have 74,000 residents who fit into this category. Our goal is to protect all our residents, but especially this vulnerable population."

The decision is in lock step with Travis County, south of Williamson, and the city of Austin which too called for a stay-at-home approach on March 24.

Central Texas officials said they are working to reduce the spread of the virus by minimizing social interactions by 90%.

Read the full order here:

By Ali Linan
Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.


MOST RECENT

Within ARMS Reach LTC offers firearms skills training and license to carry courses in person and online. (Courtesy Within ARMS Reach LTC)
Within ARMS Reach, LTC now open in Georgetown

The company offers firearm skills training and offers license to carry courses.

As part of President Joe Biden’s plan to reopen schools safely nationwide, the department’s National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option is being expanded beyond the summertime. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
USDA extends free school meals provision through 2021-22 school year

Schools nationwide will be able to serve nutritious meals to all students free of charge regardless of eligibility through June 30, 2022, officials announced.

Ochna Health Direct Primary Care relocated on April 5 to 1821 Westinghouse Road, Ste. 1190, Georgetown. (Courtesy Ochna Health)
Ochna Health Direct Primary Care relocates within Georgetown

The business offers telemedicine, laboratory services and prescription medication services.

Williamson County will close its mass-vaccination sites. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County commissioners to close mass-vaccination sites

The county judge expects to have everyone who wants to be vaccinated to receive the shot by May 21.

Georgetown ISD parents call for removal of mask mandate. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Georgetown ISD keeping mask mandate despite parents speaking out

The district is keeping its policy for safety, but some parents say masks have a negative effect on kids.

Georgetown ISD has completed four more projects of the 16 additional bond projects. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Georgetown ISD completes 4 more of 16 additional bond projects

The board approved the 16 additional projects in January.

Here are the most recent coronavirus updates from Williamson County.(Community Impact staff)
Nearly half of Williamson County is vaccinated, but positivity rate climbs again

Here are the most recent coronavirus updates from Williamson County.

GISD plans for in-person summer learning starting in June. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Georgetown ISD plans for in-person summer learning

Georgetown ISD is working on plans for in-person summer learning with a low teacher-to-student ratio.

Blue Corn Harvest Leander is located at 11840 Hero Way W., Bldg. A, Leander. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Blue Corn Harvest opens in Leander; park, pizzeria launches social club and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

BuckWild Designs specializes in making customizable tumblers, coasters, wine and beer glasses, and more. (Courtesy BuckWild Designs)
BuckWild Designs now open in Georgetown

The business opened in March.