Many cities and counties have issued shelter-in-place orders with varying definitions of what is considered “essential.” However, on March 30, 2020, the Governor issued Executive Order No. GA-14 which directs all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household, with exceptions made for essential activities and services based on the Department of Homeland Security’s guidelines on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce and the Texas Department of Emergency Management, which discusses Community Based Operations such as real estate services, including settlement services.
You may wish to consult with your local officials or trade associations if you have any questions regarding whether your work consists of essential services. While cities and counties may be more restrictive in issuing orders, these orders may not conflict with the Governor’s Executive Order No. GA-14 in creating social distancing guidelines and defining Essential Services. The continuation of business operations to the extent possible from home is strongly encouraged.