A Stay-at-Home Order Looks Nearly Certain But What Exactly Is Considered Essential? It Might Be Easier To Ask What Isn't Essential?
Will there be or will there not be a stay-at-home order given for residents of Corpus Christi and Nueces County? As they say "that is the million dollar question." As cases here continue to rise there is every indication that one will eventually be given. But what does an "essential business" look like?
We ran a comparison of counties and cities around Texas and here is what we have learned about how they have described them:
- Grocery stores
- Liquor stores
- Social services and charities
- News media
- Gas stations
- Hardware and supply stores
- Pool cleaners
- Mail and delivery services
- Laundry services
- Restaurants if they remain take-out only
- Businesses that sell supplies to help people work from home
- Transportation services like ride shares
- Legal, accounting, insurance, and real estate services
- Moving supply services
- Hotels and motels
- Funeral services
- Childcare facilities
You would also be allowed out of your home to preform certain essential functions. Those are generally:
- Getting healthcare
- Necessary supplies like food and items to work from home
- Outdoor activity like exercising if you can maintain social distancing
- Taking care of others
- Performing work or getting services from an essential business or government service
Here is what most cities and counties say you can't do:
- Public and private gatherings of any number of people outside a single household are prohibited.
- All travel - including on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, public transit prohibited except if for obtaining essential services.
As a side note, most cities and counties have enacted a homeless exemption or provision. Nearly all of the counties said that residents that are experiencing homelessness are exempt - but they are asked to maintain social distancing and are strongly encouraged to seek shelter.