Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales' order to stay at home, save for grocery trips, errands and some exercise, and just about anything else went into effect late Thursady night just before midnight. The goal of it is to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. On Friday, the City of Corpus Christi announced they were placing into effect the exact same order.
Canales said that the “Stay at Home” order was not a shelter in place or lockdown. She says that hose terms are better reserved for other emergencies, like hurricanes and mass shootings and refinery incidents.
Canales says that she believe that citizens of Nueces County will follow the "spirit of the order" and has spent the past three days seemingly defending her decision. Most political wonks would agree that is the wrong posture to present, but regardless it is the order.
In short most businesses are considered "essential." In fact, Canales maintains that any business that supports an "essential business" is really in and of itself "essential." So the truth is that it really closes things like hair and nail salons and card houses. Beyond that, we could not find many businesses that were really impacted by the order.
We will continue digging, but for what it is worth the idea is just "stay at home."