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Posted on: April 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order


MARBLE FALLS, Texas (April 17, 2020) - Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-16 today, Friday, April 17, 2020 related to the safe, strategic reopening of select services and activities as the first step to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.

Governor Abbott announced that state parks will reopen on Monday, April 20, but visitors must wear face coverings, follow social distancing guidelines from people not within their group and limit groups to five people or less.

Starting at 12:01 am on Friday, April 24, 2020, retail services that are not “essential services”, but that may be provided through pickup, delivery by mail, or delivery to the customer’s doorstep may be “reopened” as long as they are in strict compliance with the terms required by DSHS which can be found at

People and businesses should continue to follow the guidelines from the CDC by practicing good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation, implementing social distancing, and working from home if possible. 

People should also continue to minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.  People shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms, spas, tattoo studios or cosmetology salons; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options for food and drinks is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the duration of the Executive Order.

The Executive Order does not prohibit people from accessing essential or reopened services or engaging in essential daily activities, such as going to the grocery store or gas station, providing or obtaining other essential or reopened services, visiting parks, hunting or fishing, or engaging in physical activity like jogging or bicycling, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and to minizine in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.

A list of Essential Businesses is available at

Visiting nursing homes, assisted living facilities and long-term care facilities are still prohibited. 

Schools will remain temporarily closed to in-person classroom attendance by students and will not recommence before the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Residents are encouraged to continue to use cloth face coverings when in public and follow social distancing guidelines at all times to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Governor’s Executive Order supersedes Executive Order GA-14 issued on March 31, 2020.

Questions regarding the Governor’s Order may be directed to the Office of the Governor at 512-463-1782.

Up to date COVID-19 information for the City of Marble Falls is available at, including Executive Order GA-16 issued by Governor Abbott.

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