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Bell County declares local state of disaster; orders dine-in restaurants, bars, gyms to close

Posted at 1:48 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 14:45:43-04

BELL COUNTY, TX — Bell County has declared a local state of disaster in response to COVID-19.

Bell County will close all bars, dine-in restaurants and gyms due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The order will go into effect at midnight.

On March 19, Bell County amended the declaration to include massage parlors as businesses required to close.

All gatherings of indoor or outdoor meetings of more than 10 people at the same time are prohibited. In addition, restaurants may only provide takeout or delivery services. Bars are ordered closed. Indoor recreation facilities are ordered closed.

The order does not apply to schools, office space, child care facilities, residential buildings, grocery stores, malls, retail establishments, hospitals and medical facilities if those present are not generally “within six feet of one another for extended periods.”

They also urge high risk individuals to cancel, reschedule and to avoid non-essential events of any size.