Jefferson County receives “Stay Home, Work Safe Order”

Published 12:01 am Friday, March 27, 2020

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BEAUMONT — Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick and counterparts from five other counties are strengthening emergency orders designed to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The “Stay Home, Work Safe Order” — which would be Jefferson County’s seventh amendment to its emergency declaration — goes into effect at midnight. The order was announced Friday just as the Jefferson County Health Department announced a positive coronavirus test involving a person between the ages of 35 and 45 in Groves.

The “Stay Home, Work Safe Order,” which will go into effect for 14 days, spells out that playground equipment, gymnasiums, fitness centers, martial arts facilities, public recreation facilities including swimming pools and splash pads, buses and other forms of public transportation including worksite busing, picnics, barbecues, sand-bar/beach parties and other social gatherings including more than 10 people are prohibited.

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Outdoor recreation areas where social distancing of 6 or more feet is observed are still open.

The order is not a total shutdown, Branick said, although a 24-hour curfew for youths unless accompanied by adults is still in effect.

Branick returned to work this week from a self-quarantine after learning his wife Sherrie tested negative for COVID-19.