Curfew put into place for all children under age 18 in Liberty County

Liberty County Judge Jay Knight

Liberty County has established a 24-hour curfew for all children under 18 who are not currently in school.

“This curfew does not apply if the individual under the age of 18 is accompanied by school personnel, a parent or guardian. Persons under the age of 18 are allowed to travel to and from work, school, grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, parks, banks and restaurants with the permission of their parent or legal guardian,” according to the executive order signed by Liberty County Judge Jay Knight on Friday, March 20.

The order also includes further restrictions on gatherings of 10 or more people, including conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, funerals, religious ceremonies and any other type of assembly.

Nursing homes, retirement centers and long-term care facilities are closed to visitors except those providing critical care assistance.

While schools are being temporarily closed through April 10, this does not apply to licensed childcare facilities such as daycare centers, group daycare homes or family homes. However, any building the public has access to, including a daycare facility, is restricted from being occupied by more than 20 percent of the maximum occupancy requirements as set forth by the International Building Code (IBC). Maximum occupancy signs must be prominently displayed to show this reduced number in these places. Persons must adhere to social distancing by keeping a minimum of 6 feet of separation from each other.

This executive order does not prohibit people from visiting a variety of places, including grocery stores, gas stations, parks and banks, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

The order reminds people to practice good hygiene and limit trips into the public to only essential outings. Traveling to work, the grocery store, the pharmacy or to seek medical care could be considered essential trips. Employers should allow work-at-home alternatives to the greatest extent possible.

Anyone who violates any part of the order is subject, if convicted, to a fine not to exceed $1,000 or confinement in the Liberty County Jail for a term not to exceed 180 days.


  1. I agree with the curfew. I agree with the limits on gatherings….but funerals are going to be tuff. Most families have more than 10 people in the immediate family. This means ALL of the family won’t be able to attend, nor will others be able to go to show respect and give support to the family.

  2. I think the curfew is very important ,also why should people need to take all these children in the grocery stores and let them run wild.Something needs to be done about this as well.

  3. I agree with the curfew as well but it says they’re allowed to go to the grocery store at the park or anything else with their parents permission won’t you have a bunch of teenagers driving around saying my mom told me I could go to the grocery store Chambers County said nobody under the age of 18 was allowed out without their parents being present that’s the best way I think.

  4. Children shouldn’t be allowed in grocery stores even with a parent. Parents shouldn’t be dragging kids to the grocery store during this pandemic.

  5. That’s true but some parents are single and don’t have a choice. What are they supposed to do leave them home alone ? It’s easy to judge when you don’t know some people situation.

  6. I am concerned this is far too little far too late honestly. The Judge is being reactive rather than proactive… this bug require officials to be proactive if it’s to be slowed down or contained! Just saying… :-\

    • It’s a little late for proactive. The best that government can do for now is react to the situation at hand. Just be glad that “MR” Picket will no longer be county attorney after Jan.1

  7. God will heal all wounds try to be safe in all that you do so be mindful for each other God timing is on time So may God continue to Bless all of his children’s

  8. Are you saying confined to the house 24 hours a day? If so then they need to come over here to County Road 2243 and start locking people up for all these kids under 18 playing in the yard.

  9. As far as funerals in this time they might need to have memorials or celebration of life after this virus is over.

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