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Posted on: March 24, 2020

[ARCHIVED] West U Update - Additional Info on Harris County's Stay Home - Work Safe Order


March 24, 2020 (7:15 pm)


The following update provides additional information regarding Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s Stay Home – Work Safe order.

This order goes into effect today at 11:59 p.m., March 24, 2020, and will remain in place until 11:59 p.m., April 3, 2020.  This order requires all individuals anywhere in Harris County, to stay at home – except for certain Essential Activities, work to provide Essential Business, work to provide Essential Government services or preform Essential Infrastructure Construction, including housing. 

For a complete list of Essential Activities, Essential Business, Essential Government or Essential Infrastructure Construction, please read the order at

If you have any questions or need further clarification on this order, please email

Overview of requirements in the order.  Definitions of Essential Activities, Businesses and infrastructure construction are in the order available at 

  • Residents are to stay at their place of residence except for Essential Activities as defined in this order.  To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably possibly maintain social distancing of 6 feet from other people outside their residence.
  • All businesses operating within Harris County, except Essential Businesses as defined in the order are required to cease activities at facilities located within the County. All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited.
  • Individuals may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas.  However, public playgrounds may increase the spread of COVID-19 and, therefore, shall be closed.
  • Food serving establishments may only serve food and/or alcohol by take out, delivery, or drive-through services as allowed by law and detailed in the March 19, 2020 Harris County Judge’s Order.
  • Gyms, fitness centers, swimming pools and other facilities that are used or intended to be used for any type of training, martial arts, sport or recreation shall close.
  • Hair and nail salons, spas, licensed massage businesses and tattoo parlors, concert halls, live performance theaters, arena, stadiums, movie theaters, game rooms, bowling alleys, arcades, indoor and outdoor flea markets and swap meets, indoor malls, indoor shopping centers and bingo halls shall close.
  • Faith leaders may minister and counsel in individual settings, so long as social distancing protocols are following.  Religious and worship services may only be provided by video or teleconferencing.

These infection control precautions apply to all Essential Businesses:

  1. Practice social distancing by requiring patrons, visitors, and employees to be separated by six (6) feet, to the extent feasible;
  2. Provide access to hand washing facilities with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol;
  3. Post a sign in a conspicuous place at the public entrance to the venue instructing members of the public not to enter if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including fever or cough; and
  4. Adhere to other general communicable disease control recommendations by public health authorities.

If someone in a household has tested positive for COVID-19, all residents of the household are ordered to isolate at home until cleared by a public health authority or medical provider.

Nursing homes, retirement, and long-term care facilities are instructed by this Order to prohibit nonessential visitors from accessing their facilities unless to provide critical assistance or for end-of-life visitation.

Pursuant to Appendix 9 to and Section V(A)(5)(a) Annex U of the Harris County Basic Plan adopted by Harris County Commissioners Court on October 29, 2019, and in accordance with Tex. Gov’t Code § 418.173, any law enforcement agency based in Harris County is hereby authorized to enforce this order and the failure to comply with this Order is an offense under this Order and is punishable by a fine that does not exceed $1,000.00 or confinement in jail for a term that does not exceed 180 days.


Normal Operations

  • Police, fire, emergency medical services, streets, drainage, water, sewer, community development and solid waste collection services (trash, recycling & yard waste) are operating normally while adhering to social distancing protocols.

Minimally Staffed Operations

  • Utility accounts, court, human resources, parks & recreation and senior services are operating with minimal to no staff and you may experience a delay in receiving a response to inquiries in these areas.


  • All City facilities are closed to the public with the exception of the Police Department lobby located at 3800 University Blvd. 
  • All neighborhood parks, playgrounds, basketball courts and tennis courts are closed.  The fields at Colonial Park and the Recreation Center will remain open, but social distancing of 6 feet must be maintained.

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