Williamson County Updates
For more information about COVID-19 feel free to call the Williamson County non-emergency hotline for questions regarding COVID-19 and the Stay Home, Stay Safe Order at 512-943-1600. Call center hours are:
Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sunday - CLOSED
For non-emergency health related questions call the Williamson County & Cities Health District at (512) 943-3660.
IF IT IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY, CALL 911!
Stay Home Stay Safe Compliance
This page contains specific information about compliance with the Stay Home Stay Safe Order (“the Order”) for businesses operating within Williamson County.
Request for Determination
If you are unsure whether your business is an essential business, as defined by Williamson County’s Stay Home Stay Safe Order, please complete and submit the above questionnaire.
NEWS FROM WILLIAMSON COUNTY
March 28, 2020
Williamson County Confirms First Death Due to COVID-19
Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) has received notification of the first COVID-19 death in Williamson County. The resident was a man in his 70s.
In a proactive effort to reduce the number of new COVID-19 cases in Williamson County and in Central Texas, County Judge Bill Gravell has issued a Stay Home Stay Safe Order for all individuals in Williamson County. This Order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020, and will continue through 11:59 p.m. on April 13, 2020, subject to the limited exceptions. The Stay Home Stay Safe directives are intended to help control the spread of the coronavirus by keeping people isolated at home.
“We know that a virus knows no boundaries, so our Williamson County cities have come together and are united in this fight. We are joining our neighboring counties to show that we stand together to provide safety in the region,” said Judge Bill Gravell.
Exceptions include performing essential activities, such as purchasing food, and going to and from essential businesses and essential government services or perform construction, including housing.
All non-essential businesses are ordered to close under these directives, leaving only hospitals, fire departments, law enforcement and limited essential businesses including grocery stores and pharmacies open.
Essential activities and essential businesses during this order include but are not limited to:
- Tasks that are essential to maintain health and safety, such as going to the hospital, obtaining medicine from pharmacies, clinics, veterinary offices and other healthcare service facilities
- Getting necessary supplies for you, your family or household members, such as groceries, pet food, food bank, farmers’ markets, convenience stores, carry-out or delivery restaurants, and other essentials for staying at home
- Getting to work for essential businesses or services, including roles needed to maintain basic operations such as security, payroll, and similar activities
- Engaging in outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking or running—just as long as you maintain at least 6 feet of physical distancing
- Caring for a family member in another household, and caring for elderly people, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or other vulnerable persons
- Childcare facilities providing services that enable essential employees to continue functioning
- Gas stations and auto repair facilities
- Banks and financial institutions
- Critical infrastructure including energy, water, solid waste collection and other governmental services
- Hardware stores, plumbers, electricians, and other service providers necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other essential businesses
- Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning
- Businesses that provide social services and necessities of life for economically disadvantaged individuals and shelter facilities
For details on included essential businesses and essential activities, please see the Stay Home Stay Safe Order here.
With this order in place, the goal is to prevent exceeding hospital capacity and to avoid overwhelming the health care system by flattening the curve and reducing the spread of the coronavirus.
To ensure the health and safety of all our residents, County Judge Bill Gravell issued a disaster declaration on March 14 to activate the emergency management plan, which allowed the County to allocate resources, utilize personnel and enact procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Williamson County. It also allows for state assistance to be requested if local resources and mutual aid are insufficient. Under the local disaster declaration, the County Judge is given the authority to exercise any and all necessary powers set out under the Texas Disaster Act of Texas Government Code Chapter 418.
Williamson County and Cities Health District announced today that we have our first cases of the COVID-19 virus in Williamson County. Today, I am issuing a second mass gathering order that will prohibit social community gathering of 10 people or more through May 11. This applies to churches, weddings, religious services or activities, concerts, funerals, fundraisers and other similar gatherings.
Also, food establishments are ordered to close common dining areas open to the public during the effective period of this Second Order and are encouraged to provide take-away or no-contact delivery food service designed to limit exposure between individuals. The holder of a wine and beer retailer’s permit or mixed beverage permit is ordered to close common indoor and outdoor bar spaces open to the public and is prohibited from allowing consumption on the bar premises during the effective period of this Second Order. View the full order here..
March 14, 2020
Williamson County issues local disaster declaration
Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell has declared a Local State of Disaster for Williamson County in order to limit the development, contraction and spread of COVID-19 in Williamson County, Texas. These extraordinary measures were taken following disaster declarations by the President of the United States and the Texas Governor and based on information provided by emergency services agencies. While Williamson County has no confirmed cases of the coronavirus, to ensure the health and safety of all our residents, County Judge Bill Gravell is issuing a disaster declaration to activate the emergency management plan.This will allow the County to allocate resources, utilize personnel and enact procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Williamson County. It also allows for state assistance to be requested if local resources and mutual aid are insufficient.