The Hockley County Commissioners voted to amend its disaster declaration Thursday morning to end the county’s stay at home order, effective tonight at midnight.
The governor’s newest executive order, issued Monday, suspends local authority to keep businesses, including restaurants, movie theaters and retail stores closed. Because of this, County Judge Sharla Baldridge said the county would need to realign its order to that of the governor’s.
Judge Baldridge said this means those businesses specified by the governor can reopen at 25 percent capacity beginning Friday, May 1.
She said most of what the governor did in his order Monday applies to businesses, which the majority of are within the city limits and are not under the county’s jurisdiction.
The commissioners also voted to keep the disaster declaration in place, without the stay at home order, for funding purposes.
The commissioners also voted to reopen the courthouse to public access while leaving the ultimate decision of county offices up to the elected officials.