PHOTOS: Cy-Fair businesses deemed nonessential temporarily close after county order

Local residents continue to support restaurants located at the Boardwalk at Towne Lake. (Danica Smithwick/Community Impact Newspaper)
Local residents continue to support restaurants located at the Boardwalk at Towne Lake. (Danica Smithwick/Community Impact Newspaper)

Local residents continue to support restaurants located at the Boardwalk at Towne Lake. (Danica Smithwick/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Houston Premium Outlets has been closed since March 19. (Danica Smithwick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Hwy. 290 is typically bustling around lunchtime on a Thursday, but traffic was much lighter during the first week of Harris County's "Stay Home-Work Safe" order. (Danica Smithwick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Matzke Elementary School's parking lot sits empty as Cy-Fair ISD facilities are closed to students and most staff members. (Danica Smithwick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Events at the Berry Center have been postponed or canceled. (Danica Smithwick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Berry Center on Barker Cypress Road is closed to the public. (Danica Smithwick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Restaurants such as Olive Garden near the Fairfield neighborhood are offering pickup options as dining rooms are closed. (Danica Smithwick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Torchy's Tacos in Cypress offers curbside pickup. (Danica Smithwick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Fast-food dining rooms are closed to the public, but individuals throughout the county can still take advantage of drive-thru services. (Danica Smithwick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Grocery stores such as H-E-B continue to be busy as Cypress residents stock up on supplies. (Danica Smithwick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Grocery stores like Aldi are considered essential businesses and remain open during this time. (Danica Smithwick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Movie theaters such as AMC at Willowbrook are temporarily closed. (Danica Smithwick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Cypress North Houston Road and other major roadways throughout Cy-Fair are relatively clear. (Danica Smithwick/Community Impact Newspaper)
Two days into Harris County’s “Stay Home-Work Safe” order, schools remain closed, and businesses deemed nonessential have temporarily closed their doors throughout Cy-Fair.

County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued the order effective March 25-April 3, urging nonessential workers to stay home to curb the spread of the coronavirus. As of March 25, there were 116 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Harris County.


"Any delay in additional action would be incredibly problematic," Hidalgo said at a March 24 press conference. "By staying home, we are saving lives, we are flattening the curve of the virus, and we are not overwhelming our health care system and our community as a whole."

Government functions, health care operations, essential retail, food services, news media, child care facilities catering to essential workers, infrastructure, transportation and other essential services are permitted to continue operating.

But traffic is lighter on major roadways, and Cy-Fair landmarks that are typically heavily populated—such as the Berry Center and Houston Premium Outlets—sit empty.
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By Danica Smithwick

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She covers public education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development, nonprofits and more in the Cy-Fair community.
By Shawn Arrajj

Shawn Arrajj serves as the editor of the Cy-Fair edition of Community Impact Newspaper where he covers the Cy-Fair and Jersey Village communities. He mainly writes about development, transportation and issues in Harris County.


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