Understanding “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order

VICTORIA, Texas — The new “Stay Home, Stay Safe” ordinance issued by Victoria Emergency Management went into effect overnight on Wednesday.

“We see the necessity for additional steps,” said Victoria County Judge Ben Zeller.

Many residents of the Crossroads had started calling for such an order in recent days, giving rise to new questions about the temporary restrictions.

First, what exactly has been ordered? 

All residents are ordered to stay home unless providing or obtaining essential services. This does not restrict going to and from work, going to health care providers or getting groceries. This does restrict, at full capacity, any social gatherings. Stay at home with the members of your household, and no one else.

Those essential businesses staying open include grocery stores, pharmacies, and restaurants. All residents and operational businesses must practice six feet of social distancing, and fast food should only operate through a drive thru.

Many people have also asked about parks, or taking a walk on the trails.

As of right now, parks are not closed, but some park facilities may be closed to the public. If you decide to go to a park for exercise all social gathering and distancing rules must be followed.

As Victoria Mayor Rawley McCoy explains, “Yes there are some legal ramifications and binding to it, but the success of these orders are still contingent upon you as citizens taking the personal responsibility to follow the order.”

If you are waiting on COVID-19 test results, stay home. If a family member of yours is waiting on results, stay home. Not complying can mean a $1000 fine, 180 days in jail, or both.