Coronavirus COVID-19

The City of Cleburne continues its local response to the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic in the interest of protecting the health and well being of its community members.

City leadership continues to communicate with partners and authorities to navigate this fluid situation. That includes regular communications with local hospitals, Texas Department of State Health Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), neighboring municipalities, Cleburne Independent School District, Johnson County, and the State of Texas.

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in the Community

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services has a regularly updated dashboard of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state, which you can view online.


June 30, 2020 - New order mandates businesses post face covering requirements

Cleburne City Council approved a measure to fight the spread of COVID-19 by requiring commercial entities that provide goods or services directly to the public to post if they require customers to wear face coverings.

The Council voted at a June 30 meeting to introduce the requirement as a way to reduce the community spread of the Coronavirus as infection rates increase across the community, state, and country. Health officials, including the local public health authority, say that wearing face coverings can reduce the virus’s spread.

“We want to give the community and our businesses an opportunity to work together on voluntarily increasing the use of face coverings,” Mayor Scott Cain said. “We’re asking for Cleburnites and our local businesses to be team players as we fight the spread of COVID-19.”

The new regulation applies to businesses that provide goods and services directly to the public. Businesses will be able to decide whether or not they will require customers to wear face coverings on their property and must post signage at each entrance indicating their decision along with a health and safety policy addressing sanitizing efforts and social distancing protocols. While businesses can decide if customers must wear face covering, employees will be required to have them. Businesses can alter their requirement at any time.

The new regulations begin at 5 p.m. on June 30, 2020 and end on Aug. 3, 2020, with businesses having five calendar days to implement and post their health and safety policy and face covering signage.

To help reach this direction, Mayor Cain held conference calls with businesses to get their input.

Mayor Cain added that if the data shows that cases are not going down in a few weeks the City Council will have to look at other strategies to reduce the spread including possible mandates. The City Council also expressed the importance and increased efforts in educating the community about the importance of wearing face coverings.

Cleburne health officials remind the community that face coverings are an important tool available to fight the spread of COVID-19 along with social distancing and proper hygiene.

See the order

May 26, 2020 - City Council extends local disaster declaration to June 9

The City Council voted to extend its local disaster declaration regarding COVID-19 to the next City Council meeting on June 9.

Having a disaster declaration allows city leadership to issue special regulations to protect the health and safety of Cleburne. It also allows the city to be eligible to apply for relief funding from the state and federal government. The Council first adopted the disaster declaration on March 13.

May 18, 2020 - Gov. Greg Abbott announces new openings as part of Open Texas Plan

Governor Greg Abbott announced the second phase of the State of Texas’ ongoing plan to open Texas. Under Phase II, restaurants may increase their occupancy to 50% and additional services and activities that remained closed under Phase I may open with restricted occupancy levels and minimum standard health protocols laid out by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Through the Governor’s Executive Order, the following services and activities may open under Phase II.

  • Child Care Centers (May 18)
  • Massage and Personal-Care Centers (May 18)
  • Youth Clubs (May 18)
  • Rodeo and Equestrian Events (May 22)
  • Bowling Alleys, Bingo Halls, Simulcast Racing, and Skating Rinks (May 22)
  • Bars (May 22)
  • Aquariums and Natural Caverns (May 22)
  • Zoos (May 29)
  • Day Youth Camps (May 31)
  • Overnight Youth Camps (May 31)
  • Youth Sports – Practice (May 31)
  • Certain professional sports without in-person spectators (May 31)
  • Youth Sports – Games (June 15)

Per the Governor, all sporting and camp activities are required to adhere by special safety standards, and minimum standard health protocols have been established for all newly-announced opened services and activities. Businesses located in office buildings may also open but must limit their occupancy to the greater of 10 employees or 25% of their workforce.

Additionally, restaurants may expand their occupancy to 50% beginning May 22. Bars—including wine tasting rooms, craft breweries, and similar businesses—may open at 25% occupancy but like restaurants, these occupancy limits do not apply to outdoor areas that maintain safe distancing among parties.

Opened services and activities under Phase II are subject to certain occupancy limits and health and safety protocols. For details and a full list of guidelines, openings, and relevant dates, visit

May 12, 2020 - City Council Extends Disaster Declaration to May 26

The City Council voted to extend its local disaster declaration regarding COVID-19 to the next City Council meeting on May 26.

Having a disaster declaration allows city leadership to issue special regulations to protect the health and safety of Cleburne. It also allows the city to be eligible to apply for relief funding from the state and federal government. The Council first adopted the disaster declaration on March 13.

“I think we have a good game plan to remain ahead,” Mayor Scott Cain said.

May 6, 2020 - Cleburne Order No. 10 updates regulations to follow governor’s Open Texas plan

Mayor Scott Cain has issued Order No. 10, which updates local regulations to align with Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest plan to Open Texas through the COVID-19 pandemic.

As outlined in Executive Order No. GA-21, the governor is allowing hair salons, barbershops, nail salons cosmetology businesses, and tanning salons, to open on May 8 with certain restrictions.

Beginning May 18, offices in office buildings, non-essential manufacturing, and gyms and fitness facilities can open.

Guidelines for cosmetology businesses

  • One customer per stylist
  • Appointments only is recommended
  • If allowing walk-ins, customers may wait inside only if they are 6-feet apart
  • Wearing facemasks for stylists and customers is strongly recommended

Guidelines for gyms and exercise facilities

  • Gyms may not operate at more than 25-percent capacity (this doesn’t include outside activity)
  • Showers and locker rooms must remain closed
  • Equipment must be disinfected after each use
  • Customers must wear gloves that cover fingers
  • Must maintain 6-foot social distancing inside the gym
  • Customer-brought equipment, like a yoga mat, must be disinfected before and after use

Guidelines for non-essential manufacturing

  • Manufacturers may open with a 25-percent occupancy limitation and staggered workforce, if necessary.
  • Manufacturing employees must maintain 6-foot separation.  If not possible, the employer must use controls like Plexi-glass between work stations
  • Businesses located in office buildings may open to either five employees or 25 percent of the workforce, whichever is greater, provided that employees maintain appropriate social distancing.

See Cleburne’s Order No. 10

See Gov. Abbott’s Order No. GA-21

April 30, 2020 - City of Cleburne and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne to provide free drive-thru COVID-19 testing starting May 4

The City of Cleburne and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne are partnering to bring free drive-thru COVID-19 testing to the community starting May 4.

The free testing will be available to Cleburne and Johnson County residents from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning May 4, at the Cleburne Senior Center, 1212 Glenwood Drive.

Free testing is by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 817-645-0964.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to be tested?

This program is only open to those with proof of residency for Cleburne or Johnson County. The requirements to be tested include have been in close contact with a known active COVID-19 patient or have at least one symptom associated with COVID-19 such as coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.

What does it cost?
The test will be administered for free.

How long should I plan to be at the testing center?
Attendees can plan to be at the drive-thru testing center for 10-15 minutes to allow for paperwork and testing.

How is the test administered?
The testing is done by a swab through the nasal passage.

Do I need to wear a mask?
Those showing symptoms are asked to wear a mask to protect the health of the staff administering the test.

When will I get my results?
The result turnaround for the test is about 72 hours.

April 29, 2020 - Order No. 9 to safely open businesses, comply with governor’s direction

Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain’s latest order follows Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to safely open business and removes several local regulations that were introduced in the mayor’s previous orders.

Mayor Cain signed the order and the changes went into effect on April 29. It follows Gov. Abbott’s orders and guidelines found in Order GA-18, Open Texas Report, Texas Department of State Health Services Guidelines for Opening the State of Texas, Guidance for Houses of Worship During the COVID-19 Crisis, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, and CDC Guidance documents.

Order No. 9 removes previous language limit one essential shopper per household. Other safety regulations for grocery and supply businesses remain including providing hand sanitizer, wiping down cards, and encouraging social distancing. It also provides regulations for a household to isolate at home if a member tests positive for COVID-19 and to follow the orders provided by city health officials.

The order also features recommendations for individuals and businesses during this pandemic.

See the order

April 20, 2020 - Cleburne issues Order No. 8 includes Gov. Abbott’s updates for non-essential retail to operate

Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain signed new orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing non-essential retail to operate starting April 24.

Order No. 8 updates Cleburne’s policies to align with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest executive order allowing “non-essential” retail stores to operate and sell goods under retail-to-go regulations. Previous regulations to fight the spread of COVID-19 remain in place.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, April 24, retail services may operate but must provide retail-to-go services through curbside or drive-through pickup, delivery by mail, or delivery to the customer’s doorstep in compliance with the terms required by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Customers may not enter stores. DSHS’s full requirements can be found online.

See Order No. 8

April 14, 2020 - City Council approves items in fight against COVID-19

The Cleburne City Council continues its efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19.

At its April 14 meeting, the City Council approved extending its existing declaration of local disaster to the next City Council meeting on April 28 and approved the appointment of Dr. Michelle Beeson as the City’s health authority. These decisions continue to position the City to take quick and necessary action as warranted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City Council first approved a disaster declaration on March 1.  Since that time, the city has used a measured approach to introduce orders aimed at protecting the community and limiting the spread of the virus within Cleburne. 

“I’ve been asked why are our orders not going with the duration of the Governor’s orders until April 30 and I believe it’s important we have that check and balance every two weeks to present to City Council,” Mayor Scott Cain said.

The City Council also appointed Dr. Michelle Beeson as its health authority. Having a municipal health authority allows the city to be notified first in the event of a positive COVID-19 test in our city limits rather than going through the county. It also enables the city to more directly interact with the Texas Department of State Health Services and for our staff to receive expert medical advice quickly. Dr. Beeson has served the city as Cleburne Fire Department’s Medical Director since 1999.

“Dr. Beeson is already helping us take a look at our plans and talking about how we can start getting the community back so we don’t run the risk of rapid spread,” Mayor Cain said. “People will need to continue to maintain social distancing separation and practice good hygiene.

“When we do go back to business as usual, it won’t be business as usual."

April 1, 2020 – City sees confirmed cases of COVID-19, Mayor issues latest order that includes regulations on grocery shopping

Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain has signed Order No. 7 to further combat the spread of Coronavirus in the community.

The order introduces regulations that limit shoppers to one person per household at a time unless absolutely unfeasible, and cleans up language requiring the sanitizing of grocery carts and baskets. Mayor Cain reminds the community to avoid using the shopping carts left in the parking lots and only use carts that have been sanitized.

The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on April 2, 2020.  

See Order No. 7

Officials have notified the city of two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cleburne.

Both subjects and their families are in self-isolation at home.

City leaders knew it was only a matter of time before confirmed cases were in Cleburne and have taken a measured approach to combat the spread locally. In order to reduce the risk of being infected or infecting others, it takes all of us doing our part by staying at home and practicing physical/social distancing when we do need to get out.

Together, we can protect Cleburne.

March 27, 2020 - Mayor issues new order for community to Stay Safe at Home

Mayor Scott Cain has issued Order No. 6, which mandates residents stay safe at home.

The Mayor signed the order on Friday, March 27, and it goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 28. The Order directs residents to stay in their homes, except for essential outings. These efforts are aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19.

People may leave the house for the following activities:

  • To and from work
  • To obtain food, groceries, household consumer products, and supplies to work from home
  • Healthcare needs
  • To care for a family or pet in another home
  • For exercise, as long as you can comply with the social distancing requirement of six-feet

The order also introduces a list of essential retail, any retail not on the list is prohibited.

Essential retail includes:

  • Food service providers
  • Grocery stores
  • Warehouse stores
  • Gas stations
  • Convenience stores
  • Home improvement stores
  • Pawn shops and gun stores
  • Stores that sell food products or household staples
  • Pet supply stores
  • Laundromats, dry cleaners, laundry service providers
  • Business that ships directly to residences
  • Automotive related business
  • Businesses that supply products for people working from home
  • Home repair/maintenance
  • Hotels

The order also introduces the prohibition of all elective medical procedures in Cleburne, prohibits non-essential visitors from nursing homes, prohibits public and private events, and outlines what someone should do if they test positive for coronavirus. It also continues regulations introduced in past orders.

Read the order here

See a summary of the order

March 25, 2020 - Mayor updates grocery regulations

Mayor Scott Cain has updated regulations requiring grocers to have exclusive shopping hours for seniors and disabilities to allow the store owners, who know their customers best, to designate exclusive shopping schedules.

See the order

March 24, 2020 - Mayor issues Order No. 4, which adds rules for residential gathering and grocery stores

Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain has ordered additional regulations to protect the health and well-being of the community.

The new order introduces the following regulations:

  • No guests may be present at a residence if there are more than 10 people total gathering in or on the property. This does not affect people who are living in the house, which is governed by City Code.
  • Grocery stores in Cleburne must limit customer shopping from the time of opening until 8 a.m., at least one hour, each day to individuals who are 60-years-old or older, those who are handicapped and need assistance shopping, and a single caregiver.

The new rules are in addition to what has been previously ordered.

These rules go into effect at 12:01 a.m. March 25, 2020

See Order No. 4

March 23, 2020 - Mayor issues new order to protect community’s health

Mayor Scott Cain has signed Order No. 3, updating past regulations with additional rules, to protect the health and safety of the Cleburne community. The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 24, 2020.

  • Continues 10-person limit on social gatherings. This declaration does not prohibit gatherings of people in multiple, separate enclosed spaces (including separate cubicles) in a single building such as different floors of a multi-level office, residential building, or hotel, so long as 10 people are not present in any single space at the same time.
  • Continues ordering people to avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts. The use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged. People are also ordered to avoid visiting gyms or massage parlors.
  • Expands closure of certain businesses, which now includes: all commercial amusement and entertainment venues, theaters, gyms, group or individual garage sale events, door-to-door solicitation, fitness classes, yoga and personal training facilities; similar facilities and classes, tattoo and piercing parlors and tanning salons, public auctions (other than livestock), residential meeting spaces, event centers, hotel meeting spaces and ballrooms, outdoor plazas and markets, barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, spas, massage parlors, estheticians and related personal care businesses, indoor malls, bars, lounges, taverns, and private clubs; all of which businesses are closed and no occupancy is permitted. 
  • Continues the closure of city park playgrounds and restrooms and the water utility lobby.
  • Prohibits all events, public or private, with anticipated cumulative attendance of 50 or more people for the entire event, inside or outside.

These regulations remain in effect until March 29, 2020 unless continued or renewed by the City Council, or modified by further Order.

Read Order No. 3 

March 19, 2020 - Cleburne updates regulations to match Governor’s orders

Mayor Scott Cain signed an order to update the city’s current regulations to match the executive order issued by Governor Greg Abbott on March 19. The changes include limiting social gatherings to 10 people or less and ordering people to avoid eating or drinking at restaurants and bars with the exception of pick-up, delivery and drive through.

In addition to these state-mandated orders, Mayor Cain has ordered the temporary closure of all city park playgrounds and restrooms.

These changes go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 21 to coincide with orders from the governor.

See Order #2  

March 18, 2020 Mayor issues order to combat COVID-19 closing amusement venues, introducing capacity limits

Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain signed an official order as part of the current disaster declaration to fight the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the community.

The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, March 20.

The order hereby orders the closure of all commercial amusement venues, theaters, gyms, and private clubs.

It also mandates the cancellation of any gatherings larger than 50 people. It does not prohibit gatherings of people in multiple, separate enclosed spaces (including separate cubicles) in a single building such as different floors of a multi-level office, residential building, or hotel, so long as 50 people are not present in any single space at the same time. This declaration also does not prohibit the use of enclosed spaces where more than 50 people may be present at different times during the day, so long as more than 50 people are not present in the space at the same time.

Restaurants or any type of venues that serve food and beverages shall be limited to no more people than 50% of the established occupancy load if applicable, or 50% of existing seating or 50 individuals, whichever is less. Restaurants are directed to exercise social separation by not seating a party of more than six individuals and by maintaining at least six-feet of separation between parties. The implementation of drive-through service, curbside pick-up and delivery is strongly recommended.

The order limits the occupancy of the following locations to 50% of the established occupancy load if applicable or 50 individuals, whichever is less:

  • Event Centers
  • Hotel Meeting Spaces, and Ballrooms
  • Retail Stores
  • Convenience Stores
  • Plazas
  • Places of Worship
  • Malls

This 50% occupancy limit or gathering limits do not apply to areas not listed above, including office buildings, government buildings, critical infrastructure such as airport and transit facilities, residential buildings, grocery stores, manufacturing and industrial locations, non-profit service providers, homeless and emergency shelters, day cares, and medical facilities.

See the order

March 16, 2020 Mayor Scott Cain lowers mass gatherings to 50 people

The City of Cleburne is prohibiting mass gatherings of more than 50 people to combat the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The limit, in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation, goes into effect on March 17. It will last through the city’s disaster declaration, which ends on March 30. It is a change to the existing 250-people limit, which went into effect on March 16. As of March 16, there are zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cleburne.

“I ask the community to understand that it takes all of us to do what we can to protect the health and wellness of fellow Cleburnites,” Mayor Cain said.

The CDC defines a mass gathering as a planned or spontaneous event with a large number of people in attendance that could strain the planning and response resources of the community hosting the event, such as a concert, festival, conference, weddings, church services, or other assemblies. More than fifty people in a building is allowable so long as they do not congregate in a single space and can practice the recommended 6’ personal buffer.

The regulation does not apply to day-to-day operations of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses.

Events that fit under 50 attendees should follow practices to protect vulnerable populations, encourage good hand hygiene, and social distancing, as outlined by the CDC.

City leadership, including the Mayor and City Council, has been working closely with community leaders in this communitywide effort to combat the pandemic in our home. Mayor Cain has visited with local grocers to understand how they are approaching the current challenges and to encourage the equitable sale and distribution of essential goods to customers so all people can have access to the items they need. Local grocers have expressed having adequate supplies if customers purchase only what they need, when they need it. Mayor Cain is asking the community to refrain from purchasing more groceries than each family normally needs.

The Mayor and city emergency management officials held a conference call with Cleburne church leaders today to work together and follow the regulations while promoting the health and well being of the community both physically and spiritually. On the call attendees asked questions and shared actions they are taking.

March 13, 2020 Mayor and City Council issue a disaster declaration

Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain issued a declaration of local disaster in response to the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Mayor Cain ordered the declaration at an emergency meeting with City Council on March, 13. The City Council voted to have the declaration in effect through 11:59 p.m. on March 29, 2020, along with temporary closures and regulations.

“I want our community to know we are not panicking,” Mayor Scott Cain said. “We are being proactive to take care of those in Cleburne that would face the greatest impact to their health and maintaining a continuity of services that the community relies on.”

The City of Cleburne considers the community’s health and safety its top priority. While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city or Johnson County, city leaders are being proactive to reduce the disease’s spread.

To reduce the impact of COVD-19 on the community, gatherings of more than 250 people will be prohibited while the disaster declaration is in effect beginning March 16.

The City is also temporarily closing the following facilities to the public starting on Monday, March 16: the Public Library, Booker T. Washington Recreation Center, the Layland and Railroad museums, the Senior Center, the Sports Complex, and the Grille at the Cleburne Links golf course.

The golf course and other public parks will still be accessible to the public.

Municipal Court Judge Michael Kurmes has ordered the Cleburne Municipal Court to cancel all jury trials scheduled until April 1, following the guidance of the State Office of Court Administration. All dockets within the next two weeks will be cancelled temporarily and rescheduled.

Facility and program changes

  • Cleburne Public Library: Closed to the public
  • City of Cleburne Parks: Public playgrounds and restrooms closed
  • Booker T. Washington Recreation Center: Closed to the public
  • The Layland Museum: Closed to the public
  • The Railroad Museum: Closed to the public
  • The Senior Center: Closed to the public
  • The Sports Complex: Closed to the public 
  • The Grille at Cleburne Golf Links: Closed to the public 
    • The golf course remains open for play
  • Utility Billing office: Lobby closed. Drive-thru and walk up window still open.
  • Municipal Court: 
    • Municipal Court Judge Michael Kurmes has ordered the Cleburne Municipal Court to cancel all jury trials scheduled until April 1, following the guidance of the State Office of Court Administration. All dockets within the next two weeks will be cancelled temporarily and rescheduled.
  • Buffalo Creek Cleanup March 28: postponed
  • Christmas in Action Volunteer Day April 4: postponed
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection April 11: postponed

About COVID-19

COVID-19 is a mild-to-severe respiratory illness that can spread from person to person and includes symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information about the virus visit

Local business closures and offerings

The Cleburne Chamber of Commerce-Convention & Visitors Bureau is managing a list of local business closures and a listing of which restaurants offer take-out and/or delivery.

See the listing

Exclusive shopping schedules for seniors and people with disabilities

We are working closely with our local businesses to ensure that our most vulnerable populations can access groceries and other items they need without having to contend with large groups.

Our store owners know their customers best and have done a fantastic job creating senior exclusive shopping hours that best fit customers’ needs and schedules.

  • Albertsons Tu/Th 7-9 am
  • Big Lots M-Sa 9-10 am, Su 10-11 am
  • CVS Wed 8-9 am
  • Dollar General 8-9 am daily
  • Dollar Tree 8-9 am daily
  • Family Dollar 8-9 am daily
  • Kroger Tu/Th 6-7:30 am
  • Rowlett’s Hardware M,W,F 7:30-8:30 am
  • Walgreens Tu 8-9 am
  • Walmart Tu 6-7 am

If your business is offering senior shopping hours and is not on this list please send an email to Communications Manager Dustin Dangli.

Guidelines for Houses of Worship

The governor and attorney general have published a document with guidelines for houses of worship during the COVID-19 pandemic.

See the guidelines here

Cleburne COVID-19 Info Line

Know someone who has COVID-19 questions but does use social media regularly? The City of Cleburne is operating an information line to answer community questions about the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees will staff the line Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends via voice message and e-mail only.

Callers can dial in to 817-357-4456 or send an email to to leave a question.

Prevention Tips

Community members are encouraged to follow the CDC’s tips for stopping the spread of germs. These include avoiding close contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, avoiding touching your face, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, staying home when you are sick except to get medical care, and washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.

Those who are sick and think they have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms such as a cough or difficulty breathing should call their healthcare provider or local hospital for medical advice, as recommended by the CDC.

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