Tyler County Judge Jacques L. Blanchette
Second Executive Order Addendum 2
This Addendum is hereby incorporated into my Second Executive Order issued March 28, 2020:
WHEREAS, on April 17, 2020 Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-16, pursuant to his authority under Section 418.014, Texas Government Code regarding the imminent threat of disaster for all countiesin the State posed by COVID-19 , which supersedes Executive Order GA-14 , and is in effect immediately, and continuing through April 30, 2020, unless it is modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by the Governor; and
WHEREAS, the Executive Orders of the Governor supersede authority of the County Judge, Jacques L. Blanchette, as the Tyler County Director of Emergency Management, pursuant to Section 418.108, Texas Government Code; and Now, therefore, I, Jacques L. Blanchette, County Judge of Tyler County, Texas, pursuant to the authority vested by Texas Government Code, Chapter 418, and in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 hereby add the following directives/rom the Governor 's Executive Order GA-16 to my Second Executive Order:
In accordance with guidance from DSHS Commissioner Dr. Hellerstedt , and to achieve the goals established by the President to reduce the spread of COVID-19, every person in Texas shall, except where necessary to provide or obtain essential services or reopened services, minimize social gatherings and minimize in person contact with people who are not in the same household.
Essential services shall consist of everything listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, Version 2. 0 or any subsequent version, plus religious services conducted in churches, congregations , and houses of worship. Other essential services may be added to this list with the approval of the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). TDEM shall maintain an online list of essential services, as specified in this executive order and any approved additions. Requests for additions should be directed to TDEM at EssentialServices @tdem.texas.gov or by visiting www. tdem. texas. gov/essentialservices .
Reopened services shall consist of:
• Starting at 12:01 a. m. 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 in strict compliance with the terms required by DSHS found at www. dshs. texas.gov/coronavirus .
• Such additional services as may be enumerated by future executive orders or proclamations by the governor In providing or obtaining essential services or reopened services, people and businesses should follow the Guidelines from the President and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), by practicing good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation, implementing social distancing, and working.from home if possible. In particular, all such services should be provided through remote telework from home unless they cannot be provided through remote telework. Religious services should be conducted in accordance with the "Guidelines for Houses of Worship During the COVID-19 Crisis ", as promulgated by the Attorney General and Governor.
In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms, massage establishments*, tattoo studios, piercing 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 through the limited duration of this executive order.
This 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 minimize in-person contact with peop le who are not in the same household.
* At 11 :59 a.m. on April 22, 2020, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations issued the following : Clarification of Massage Therapy Services Allowed--A massage therapist may only provide massage services if it is medically necessary. This determination must be made by the client's physician or chiropractor . Massage therapists may not provide massage services for general wellness or other non-medical necessity reasons . This guidance is in accordance with Executive Orders GA-15 and GA-16 recently issued by Governor Abbott. The ability to provide massage therapy may change as further governmental orders are issued.
Therefore, I, Jacques L. Blanchette, County Judge of Tyler County, Texas, pursuant to the authority vested by Texas Government Code, Chapter 418, hereby ORDER that all orders contained in my SECOND EXECUTIVE ORDER and this ADDENDUM thereto shall remain in full fo ce and effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020, unless otherwise amended, extended or terminated .
This addendum to my Second Executive Order becomes effective on the date and time executed, and shall be strictly observed and enforced as if incorporated fully into that Executive Order.
ORDERED this the 23rd day of April, 2020, at 11:15 a.m.