Here is the latest on news on stay-at-home orders across the Greater Houston area

Brazoria County will issue a "Stay Safe at Home" order. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Brazoria County will issue a "Stay Safe at Home" order. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Brazoria County will issue a "Stay Safe at Home" order. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

As counties and cities across the region issue shelter-in-place orders to combat the spread of the coronavirus, find out more information on what the orders mean for your community in the stories below.

Brazoria County

Brazoria County issues 'Stay Safe at Home' order


Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta announced in a press conference March 25 the county’s “Stay Safe at Home” order, urging citizens to not leave their homes except to take essential trips, such as to the grocery store or to care for a loved one.

The county is also asking that businesses deemed essential curb the spread of the virus as well, namely by not allowing large numbers of employees to congregate in break rooms or meeting spaces.



Pearland issues stay-at-home order on the heels of Brazoria County's similar order

A few hours after Brazoria County’s announcement, Pearland Mayor Tom Reid signed a similar order for the city. He also signed an order to make it easier for businesses to advertise and fulfill takeout orders.

Galveston County

Galveston County issues stay-at-home order


Galveston County on March 23 was the first government in the region to give a stay-at-home order.

“It’s about trying to grasp the public’s attention that this is a serious matter and they need to help by demonstrating some personal responsibility here,” League City Mayor Pat Hallisey said.

Harris County

Stay-at-home order given for all nonessential employees in Harris County


County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Mayor Sylvester Turner held a joint press conference March 24 outlining the ramifications and intentions of Harris County and the city of Houston’s official directive to stay home.

Can I leave my house? What is still open? Learn what the stay-at-home order means for Harris County residents

As the “Stay Home-Work Safe” order takes effect in Harris County, Editor Shawn Arrajj answers some frequently asked questions on how it will affect everyday life and how to remain in compliance.

Fort Bend County

Fort Bend County district attorney urges residents to follow order to stay home: 'Don't require law enforcement to get involved'


After County Judge KP George issued a “Stay at Home to Save Lives” order March 24, the district attorney encouraged residents to stay at home as much as possible to avoid the need for law enforcement involvement.

Montgomery County

BREAKING: Montgomery County issues stay-at-home order, nightly curfew through April 12


Just days after County Judge Mark Keough declined to commit to issuing a stay-at-home order, Montgomery County on March 27 became the latest area government to announce such a mandate, requiring nonessential businesses to close and imposing a daily curfew from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m.

'Gain compliance without arrest': Montgomery County law enforcement urges voluntary compliance to contain coronavirus

While the county district attorney and sheriff’s offices said residents in violation of the order could face up to $1,000 in fines or six months in jail, a lieutenant told Community Impact Newspaper that police officers will be focusing on educating the community about the order before considering arrests.

Waller County

Waller County issues order that emphasizes social distancing but does not shut down local businesses


In a deviation from other counties’ coronavirus-related restrictions, Waller County Judge Trey Duhon unveiled an order he described as one that balances social distancing, economic activity and constitutional freedoms while keeping businesses open. Duhon cited the potential economic consequences of a more restrictive order as a reason for his decision.

Haley Morrison, Shawn Arrajj, Beth Marshall, Ben Thompson, Eva Vigh and Jen Para contributed to this report.






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Harris County coronavirus count: Outbreak reported at Humble rehab facility

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I-69/Loop 610
Total shutdown: All lanes of I-69 Southwest Freeway will be closed at Loop 610 on June 5-8

The shutdown begins at 9 p.m. Friday, June 5 until 5 a.m. Monday, June 8.

Montrose is getting its own farmers market starting June 7. (Courtesy Pexels)
New weekly farmers market debuts in Montrose this weekend

The organizer of the Braeswood Farmers Market is bringing a new market to Montrose area.

CMS also unveiled an interactive map that lets users search any nursing home in the U.S. to see its COVID-19 cases. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
CMS reports 321 coronavirus deaths in Texas nursing homes, nearly 32,000 nationwide

CMS also unveiled an interactive map that lets users search any nursing home in the U.S. to its COVID-19 cases.

While the Texas Supreme Court's 15th Emergency Order issued May 14 allowed residential eviction proceedings to resume statewide beginning May 19 following a two-month hiatus, the order does not require those proceedings to resume. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Hidalgo, Turner request eviction moratorium be extended through Aug. 24

In hopes of avoiding a new wave of homelessness plaguing Harris County, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo have requested all justices of the peace countywide to postpone eviction hearings until late August.

Gaúchos Do Sul
Brazilian steakhouse Gaúchos Do Sul sets opening date for new Highland Village location

The restaurant boasts windows on all sides, offering views of the shopping district.

Total cases have risen to 13,268 in Harris County, 7,812 of which are considered active while 5,215 are confirmed to have recovered. A total of 241 people are confirmed to have died from the coronavirus in the county.(Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 241 new cases, 5 deaths confirmed June 3

Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said 45% of new cases statewide between May 26 and June 2 can be tied to prisons, jails, meat packing plants or nursing homes.

Houston police department
Houston residents call for police reforms, reduced budget at City Council hearing

The day after a march honoring Houston native George Floyd, speakers called for more spending on social services and better police oversight.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Phase 3 of his Open Texas plan June 3. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Greg Abbott's June 3 guidelines allow most Texas businesses to operate at 50% capacity

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott continues to lift coronavirus-related business restrictions.

Participants held fists in the air during a moment of silence at a June 2 protest over the death of George Floyd. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Houston Food Bank is looking for more volunteers as it handles increased food distribution during COVID-19. (Courtesy Houston Food Bank)
Houston Food Bank: Volunteers needed now more than ever

The Houston Food Bank is distributing more than double the usual amount of food throughout the community.

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