All Nacogdoches county residents are ordered to stay home — with few exceptions — beginning Monday to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

City of Nacogdoches Mayor Shelley Brophy and Nacogdoches County Judge Greg Sowell amended original disaster declarations and issued separate but joint stay home, stay safe orders on Sunday.

This comes in response to recommendations from local medical professionals after evidence of potential community spread and the county health physician stating this effort is “medically necessary.”

The order states all individuals in Nacogdoches County are to stay home, with exceptions, effective noon, March 30. Those who fail to comply with these orders are punishable to a fee up to $1,000 or confinement in jail for up to 180 days.

“I don’t take this decision lightly or without considerable forethought to how it will affect our community,” Sowell said. “We’re at the point where only stringent measures to maximize social distancing will combat the spread of this virus. We can not allow our hospitals and health care workers to be overwhelmed.”

Under the stay home, stay safe order, Nacogdoches leaders hope to preserve public health and safety and ensure the local health care system is capable of serving all.

“We encourage members of the public not to panic. The city has an emergency response plan in place, and we are following it closely,” said Mayor Shelley Brophy. “Essential city services will continue to be provided.”

This declaration will last until 12:59 pm on April 7, or until it is either rescinded, superseded, or amended.

For information on how this pertains to your business, email —phone inquiries will not be accepted at this time.

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