Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a statewide “Essential Services” order that goes in effect today. The order is effectively a stay-at-home order that only allows people to leave their homes if performing an “Essential Activity” (going to the grocery store, doctor, pharmacy, gas station, restaurant takeout/drive-thru, etc.) or going to work at an “Essential Business.” For the purposes of the statewide order, “residential and commercial real estate services, including settlement services” are included as essential for the entire state of Texas.
The governor’s order supersedes all orders that were made previously by individual counties and remains in effect through April 30, 2020. Please seek legal counsel if you are unsure if a certain business, service, or function is considered essential.