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Mayor of Waco, McLennan County issues shelter in place order

Posted at 10:05 AM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 14:33:00-04

WACO, TX — The Mayor of Waco has issued a shelter in place order for the city. Shortly after, the McLennan County Commissioners Court made a similar order.


The commissioner court issued at shelter at place order for the entire county. They said the order will last for 14 days.


The order was issued on Monday. Individuals are not allowed to leave their homes except for essential activities, government activities or essential business.

He said all non-essential businesses should close and allow teleworking to the fullest ability.

Waco issues shelter in place order

Essential jobs include grocery stores, restaurants and gas stations. He also said you can get exercise outside, but practice social distancing.

He also said the river walk is partially under water.

Essential jobs also include day care centers and hardware stores. To view the full order, view the pdf at the bottom of this page.

You can also contact the city at 254-750-5970.

The order said individuals experiencing homelessness are exempt from this Section, but are strongly urged to obtain shelter, and entities are strongly urged to make such shelter available as soon as possible.

They said only one adult member of a family can go to a store at a time.

If you do not abide by these orders, it is considered a misdemeanor. The order can only go for 7 days at this time, but they will be meeting on Tuesday to decide to extend the order.

It goes into effect 11:59 p.m. Monday night.