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.

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.

We are no longer providing COVID-19 vaccines or testing 

due to the availability of these services at other locations 

For more information of where you can obtain a COVID-19 test or vaccine:

Any further questions, please visit


August 11, 2021 - Cleburne Fire Chief encourages community remain vigilant with COVID-19 cases on the rise

Cleburne Fire Chief Scott Lail is encouraging the community to be vigilant as COVID-19 cases are rising.

Lail presented a COVID-19 update to the City Council at its Aug. 10 meeting. The presentation included details about confirmed cases, the delta variant, and safety practices.

“I try to be the eternal optimist but this is not something I relish having to deal with,” Lail said. “I want to encourage our folks to make the best decisions you can for you and your family based on data.”

Lail showed a chart of rising confirmed cases from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) COVID-19 Dashboard, which showed 2,900 new single-day confirmed cases reported on July 8, 2021 statewide and 16,900 new single-day cases reported on Aug. 7, 2021.

Data shows that North Texas hospitals are seeing increased admissions. Lail said about 33% of hospital beds in Johnson County are occupied by a COVID-19 positive patient. He said this time around hospitals are admitting more younger people than earlier in the pandemic.

Lail said studies show the delta variant spreads exponentially more than the original virus and alpha variant. He attributed data from DSHS, which shows people infected with the original strain are likely to infect 2.3 people, while those with the Delta variant are likely to infect 8 people.

Lail said data shows the vaccine has proven to be highly effective against serious infection. He added research shows vaccinated people are showing more mild symptoms and vaccinated patients are contagious for a shorter amount of time.

To remain safe, Lail encouraged community members to remain vigilant, wash hands regularly, practice social distancing, and staying home if you are sick. He added that vaccines are available in multiple locations and those interested can visit to find a nearby location to receive a vaccine.

Watch the presentation
Learn more about COVID-19 from the Texas Department of State Health Services

May 21, 2021 - Cleburne COVID-19 Vaccination Hub ends operations

The Cleburne COVID-19 Vaccination Hub has concluded operations now that vaccines are more widely available.

The Vaccine hub gave its last shot on May 19 at the Cleburne Conference Center. The State reduced the amount of vaccine shipped to the regional hub as the vaccines become more available at traditional medical providers.

 “The Cleburne Vaccination Hub provided a vital service when the region needed it the most,” Mayor Scott Cain said. “This effort is another example about how our hard work and commitment to the community make Cleburne a leader in Texas.”

The Vaccination Hub was first established in December 2020 by the state as a way to distribute the vaccine when it was not yet widely available. It was made possible by vaccines from the state and a collaboration between Johnson County and the City of Cleburne. The Hub was staffed by Cleburne Fire and volunteers including firefighters from across Johnson County, medical professionals from Texas Health Cleburne, local nursing students from Southwest Adventist University and Hill College, and assistance from the National Guard. Many local businesses also supplied assistance to hub staff and visitors.

Throughout its operations, staff gave 25,276 shots. The Cleburne hub was recognized for creating an easy, quick, and enjoyable experience with easy to follow instructions, live music, and cheery staff.

“Because of the hard work of our staff they found a way to make getting a shot fun,” Cain said.

As more vaccines become available at pharmacies, doctors’ offices, and other locations the need for a large hub operation decreases. This will also allow Cleburne firefighters to return their resources to their traditional responsibilities. Chief Lail added that if the need arises for Cleburne Fire to resume distributing vaccines it remains ready.

“I am extremely proud of the effort put forth by the men and women who worked at the Vaccination Hub,” Fire Chief Scott Lail said. “With teamwork and positive attitudes, we were able to make getting a shot fun and easy while helping to protect the health of our community.”

Those interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine can find distributors by viewing an online map provided by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

April 21, 2021 - Cleburne COVID-19 Vaccination Hub to stand down, end operations by May's end

The Cleburne COVID-19 Vaccination Hub is scheduled to stand down operations by the end of May 2021.

This direction comes as the State begins to reduce the amount of vaccine shipped to the regional hub and vaccines becomes more available at traditional medical providers.

“I encourage our residents, if you haven’t received a vaccine go ahead and get signed up,” Mayor Scott Cain said. “It’s easy to get in and I can tell you you’ll even have a little bit of fun with our chief and his staff, they make it a very pleasant and memorable experience.”

The State began reducing the local hub’s allotted vaccine doses the week of April 19 and by the end of April the hub will conclude the distribution of first doses. Throughout May the team will provide the remaining second doses.

As more vaccines become available at pharmacies, doctors’ offices, and other locations the need for a large hub operation decreases. This will also allow Cleburne firefighters to return their resources to their traditional responsibilities. Chief Lail added that if the need arises for Cleburne Fire to resume distributing vaccines it remains ready.

Watch Fire Chief Scott Lail’s presentation to City Council (starts at 8:49)

March 24, 2021 - Texas expands vaccine eligibility to adults ages 16 and older 

Texas has expanded its vaccine availability to all adults ages 16 and older starting Monday, March 29. As such, we are anticipating an initial increase in demand at our Vaccination Hub that will likely result in longer call wait times and busy tones when dialing the vaccination hub phone line.  We apologize for the inconvenience and encourage all potential participants to register through the online web portal when registration opens. Online registration is fast and simple. Our team of firefighters and local volunteers is expecting interest from people across Texas. The State and Federal governments’ vaccination plans direct hubs to serve all eligible persons regardless of residence.

While many vaccine providers only offer online services, our team has offered a phone line to assist those in need. Our goal is to preserve the vaccination hub phone line for those who may not be able to register online including those without Internet access, the elderly, and disabled. A large number of incoming calls could overload the phone network and block those most in need. If you do need to call, please be patient as we are expecting calls from beyond Cleburne and Johnson County.

Registration opens at 9 a.m. Monday, March 29. Visit the online registration portal. If you or someone you know is eligible for the vaccine but cannot register online they can call 817-357-4456.

February 7, 2021 - Texas plans to ship additional vaccines to Cleburne Fire

The State of Texas has indicated that it plans to ship 1,000 Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to Cleburne Fire. Once staff has received the vaccines we will publish an announcement online and will open an online registration system for those eligible for the vaccine according to the Texas Vaccination Plan .

Cleburne Fire will not register or make appointments until after it receives the vaccine. More details will be posted on the city's COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccination webpages.

January 20, 2021 - Cleburne Fire to administer second dose of initial COVID-19 vaccine

Cleburne Fire will begin scheduling appointments for second doses to those who received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine from the department. This is only for individuals who were part of the Fire Department's 500 initial doses.

Cleburne Fire has not received any new allocation of first dose vaccine but will post updates if and when applicable.

January 12, 2021 - Cleburne Fire Chief provides COVID-19 vaccine update to City Council

Cleburne Fire Chief provided an update on the department’s vaccination efforts at the Jan. 12 City Council meeting.

Watch the presentation below where Fire Chief Scott Lail explains how the department became a vaccine distributor, how it administered 500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, and how it setup a new system to register vaccine appointments if it receives additional doses. 

Currently, Cleburne Fire Department has been allocated the second doses to go with initial 500 it administered. The State has not indicated if Cleburne Fire will receive any new first doses beyond that 500. Chief Lail said they could not request additional vaccines, the State is responsible for allocating all vaccines throughout Texas.

 “We do anticipate that somewhere in the near future vaccines will become more readily available,” Chief Lail said. “But there’s no timeframe for when we can expect them to be more available to where anyone that wants one can get one.”

 Johnson County residents who are eligible for the vaccine as outlined in the Texas Vaccination Plan can receive their vaccination in Tarrant County. Those interested can visit the Tarrant County vaccination webpage for more details.

In the instance Cleburne Fire receives additional doses, staff will post an update on the city website and social media and open an online registration system.

 “I can assure you that Chief Lail and our staff will be ready for whatever comes,” Mayor Scott Cain said.

 For more information visit the Texas Department of State Health Services vaccine webpage.

December 4, 2020 - Governor’s executive order requires local businesses to reduce capacity to 50%

Per Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order 32, local businesses that were operating at 75% occupancy must reduce their capacity to 50% occupancy due to the current COVID-19 hospitalization rate in the region starting Dec. 4.

In Trauma Service Areas that have 15% COVID-19 patient rate for seven consecutive days, most businesses must scale back occupancy, as written in the governor’s order. The order also mandates bars to close. Cleburne is in Trauma Service Area – E, which includes most of North Texas. In order for business to return to 75% occupancy, the Trauma Service Area must have seven consecutive days below a 15% COVID-19 hospitalization rate.

There are some exclusions to the capacity limitations which can be found by reading the full executive order. For complete details see Executive Order 32.

Learn more on the governor’s Open Texas website 

August 25, 2020 - City-run COVID-19 Testing Center update and demobilization reminder

August 17, 2020 - City-run COVID-19 Testing Center to demobilize Aug. 28

The City of Cleburne will close its COVID-19 testing center on Aug. 28 as demand declines and more local testing options are available.

The testing center, made available by Cleburne Fire and Texas Health Cleburne, will conclude operations at the end of business Friday, Aug. 28. The center, which operates out of the Cleburne Senior Center, will have served for 17 weeks and is projected to test more than 2,200 people. The center was available for Cleburne and Johnson County residents who have either been in close contact with a known positive case or exhibiting any of the disease’s symptoms.

 “The testing center has helped thousands of people know their COVID-19 status and provided essential data about community spread,” said Dr. Michelle Beeson, Cleburne’s local health authority. “Now that testing numbers are declining, alternate testing locations are now available, and Johnson County will continue to receive data from the state for surveillance purposes, this is the time for us to demobilize the center.”

The City first opened its testing center on May 4 to fulfill the need for local testing and data gathering of the virus’ spread in the community. Over the course of three months, more testing options have opened in Cleburne and data is available through Johnson County and the State. Over the past three weeks, the testing center has seen a decline in tests conducted.

“I would like to express my appreciation to Cleburne Fire Department and the City of Cleburne for providing countless hours of service on so many levels to ensure that access to testing was available for both our city and Johnson County when it quickly became apparent that there was a critical need for rapid COVID testing," Dr. Beeson said.

Public safety staff has contacted local testing facilities about the upcoming demobilization. Each expressed the ability to absorb the testing demand. The local health authority and public safety leaders will continue to monitor the spread of the disease and have the ability to restart testing capabilities if necessary.

“We are proud to have been able to provide this service for Cleburne in a time when residents did not have many options,” Fire Chief Scott Lail said. “While there are local options for testing and we see a decrease in testing needs, Cleburne Fire remains ready to remobilize if the need arises.”

August 11, 2020 - City Council extends local disaster declaration

The City Council voted to extend its local disaster declaration regarding COVID-19 on Aug. 11 to the next City Council meeting on Aug. 25.

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.

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.

Cleburne Fire and Texas Health Cleburne Testing Center Numbers

The following numbers are provided by the COVID-19 testing center provided by Cleburne Fire and Texas Health Cleburne.
Editor's note: These numbers are only from the local testing site and may not reflect the Cleburne population as a whole. To be tested at the center, one must either have been in close contact with a known positive case or exhibiting one of the disease's symptoms. The testing center is only open to Cleburne and Johnson County residents.Last updated Aug. 14, 2020. The City closed its testing center at the end of August 2020.

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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

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 [email protected] 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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