Jasper County Judge Mark Allen has signed an order asking the citizens of Jasper County to stay at home. The order was signed and released late Friday night, and it went into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, March 28th, 2020.

Additionally, Tyler County Judge Jacques Blanchette placed a stay-at-home order for Tyler County into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, March 28th, 2020.

Meanwhile, Newton County Judge Kenneth Weeks also signed off on a stay at home order which went into effect on Monday, March 30th, 2020.

The Jasper County order as stated does not limit the residents of Jasper County as the orders do in other counties and cities to the south of here, but instead states that grocery stores, gas stations, hardware and drug stores and most other businesses will be allowed to stay open. However, the order says that only one person per family shall enter stores.

Health related activities and businesses such as doctors offices and medical facilities and hospitals will continue to operate as normal.

The order once again reiterates that no restaurants or eateries will be allowed to serve food indoors but states that carry out and drive through windows may continue to operate.

The order states that people may still use parks but must stay at least 6 feet apart. However, children may not touch or use playground equipment due to the fact that it might spread germs.

Gyms, fitness rooms or workout centers must close. In addition, spas, game rooms, flea markets and swap meets are prohibited.

Businesses that sell or supply items used to maintain homes or buildings may stay open.

Barber and beauty shops may continue to operate as long as proper health precautions are in place and being adhered to.

The order also specifically says the logging industry and individuals and businesses supplying the logging industry may continue to operate.

Banks will continue to be open for regular business.

Swimming pools are closed.