San Antonio, Waco, Galveston, Dallas are on Lockdown and More Texas Cities are Expected to Follow to Stem the Spread of the Coronavirus

Laura Lorek
5 min readMar 24, 2020

(Listen to the Texas Virus News podcast)

Several Texas cities and counties have now issued stay at home/shelter in place orders to Texas citizens.

On Monday, San Antonio’s Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff both issued “Stay Home/Stay Safe” orders for all of San Antonio and Bexar County.

The orders are effective at midnight on March 24th and if approved by the City Council at Thursday’s meeting, it will last until midnight on April 9th or until it is either rescinded, superseded or amended.

Under the order “all individuals should remain home, except for when securing healthcare, purchasing food and basic supplies, exercising outdoors, or working to provide these basic services to the public. And all public and private gatherings consisting of anyone other than a person’s own household or family are prohibited.”

“As you know, and as we expected, the number of positive cases is growing. We need to take additional steps now to slow the spread. The actions I announced today can be summed up as short-term pain in exchange for long term benefit,” San Antonio Mayor Nirenberg said in a news release.

“If we do this right — and right away — we suffer fewer consequences in the long term, such as loss of family, friends or neighbors who may be particularly vulnerable right now,” Mayor Nirenberg said. “If we do this right — and right away — we also position our community to emerge from this crisis more quickly. We give our businesses and institutions an earlier opportunity to begin the recovery process. So, I’m asking every single one of us — every San Antonian, every Bexar County resident — to do our part to halt the spread of the virus. Stay Home and Work Safe.”

“We are facing two major challenges — a public health challenge and an economic challenge. We must work to together to balance the need to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19 as to not overwhelm our hospital system while trying to preserve jobs and people’s livelihoods by ensuring as many of our citizens remain employed and able to provide for their families,” Bexar…



Laura Lorek

Chief Creative Officer at, host of the Ideas to Invoices Podcast and veteran technology journalist: 5 newspapers, 1 magazine & 1 startup.