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McLennan County declares local state of disaster; prohibits social gatherings of 10 or more

Posted at 10:49 AM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 23:33:51-04

WACO, TX — McLennan County has declared a local state of disaster in response to COVID-19.

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

The order went into effect March 18.

On March 19, the County approved to tighten restrictions and prohibit gatherings of 10 or more people.

View the amended declaration here.

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.”

An $1,000 fine is possible.

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