Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered all Texans to stay home for the next month.
Abbott's executive order went into effect at midnight and "requires all Texans to stay home unless you’re performing an essential service or activity," Abbott said.
Residents must stay home unless providing essential services or doing "essential things like going to the grocery store," Abbott said in a video posted to his verified Twitter.
"We must respond to this challenge with strength and resolve," Abbott said. The governor signed the executive order earlier in the week but there was confusion surrounding the order because Abbott was reluctant to use the term "shelter in place" or "stay at home" because it was correlated with an eminent disaster such as a tornado, Abbott said at a briefing Tuesday.
Many of the state's counties were already under stay-at-home orders including Dallas, Harris and Bexas counties. Texas has 28.7 million residents, according to the US Census Bureau.