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.

Timeline

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 CDC.gov.

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.

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 covid19info@cleburne.net 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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