Montgomery County Under Stay at Home Order Due to COVID-19


Written by Ashley White
On March 27, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Montgomery County Judge Keough

On March 27, 2020, Montgomery County Judge Mark J. Keough issued a Stay at Home Stop the Spread Order to mitigate the spread of COVlD-19 to protect the health and welfare of Montgomery County residents.

The order is effective as of 11:59 p.m. on March 27, 2020, and continues until 11:59 p.m. on April 12, 2020.

Read the full order here: Montgomery County Stay Home Order

Given the ongoing evaluation of circumstances related to the COVID-19 virus, the updated recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the Montgomery County Public Health District, the substantial risk posed by the COVID-19 virus to Montgomery County residents and their livelihoods, the following extraordinary measures must be taken to protect the public’s safety.


  • Residents – All individuals currently living within Montgomery County are ordered to stay at their place of residence except for Essential Activities as defined in this order. All persons may leave their Residences only for Essential Activities, or to provide or perform Essential Government Fnnctions, or to operate or work at an Essential Business, as defined in Section 2 of the order. For the purposes of this Order, Residences include homes, hotels, motels, shared rentals, RV parks, multi-family complexes, and their curtilage or similar facilities. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence and its curtilage.
  • Curfew – A curfew will be in place throughout all of Montgomery County, starting at 11:59
    p. m. every night and ending at 6:00 a.m. the next morning for all persons not performing Essential Government Functions, working for and traveling to or from an Essential Businesses, or seeking emergency medical care, and traveling through the county from one county to another, or as otherwise as defined in Section 2. This curfew will begin at 11:59 p.m. on March 27, 2020 and continue as Ordered until the expiration of this Order including amendments.
  • Non-Essential Business – All businesses operating with in Montgomery County, except Essential Businesses as defined in Section 2 of the Order and are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the County. For clarity, businesses may continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e., working from home). Those employees associated with ongoing physical maintenance of non-essential businesses. To the greatest extent possible, all Essential Businesses shall comply with the Social Distancing Guidelines, including maintaining six-foot social distancing for both employees and the general public where possible.
  • Public Gatherings – All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited, except as otherwise provided herein. Nothing in this Order prohibits the gatherings of members of a household or living unit. Nothing in this Order affects court orders or agreements regarding child-related visitation or custody arrangements.
  • Public Locations – 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. Biking, waterborne activities, hiking and any other outdoor recreation activities not specifically listed shall be conducted in accordance with Social Distancing Guidelines, at all times.
  • Hospitality – Restaurants, bars, clubs, private clubs, micro-breweries, micro-distilleries, wineries, and other establishments that serve food and/or alcohol, shall cease serving food and/or alcohol, for consumption on the premises and may only serve food and/or
    alcohol by take out, delivery, or drive-through services as allowed by Texas law or in accordance with Executive Orders issued by the Governor of Texas or the County
  • Fitness – Gyms, fitness centers, and other facilities that are used or intended to be used for any type of training, martial arts, gymnastics, sports, or recreation shall close.
  • Beauty – Hair and nail salons, spas, licensed massage businesses, tattoo parlors, cosmetic
    businesses, barber shops, concert halls, live performance theaters, arenas, 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.
  • Worship – Churches, synagogues, mosques or other places of worship may only provide worship services by video, audio, teleconference, and drive in. Faith leaders may minister and counsel in individual settings to include end of life counseling in a hospital or at the request of a Justice of the Peace or other Government Official, so long as social distancing protocols are followed. Religious institutions must limit in-­person staff to those necessary for the operations and physical maintenance of the institution and all individuals must follow the Social Distancing Guidelines, including the six-foot rule.

Read the full order here: Montgomery County Stay Home Order

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