Abbott's order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on April 2 and will last until April 30, the same date President Donald Trump's newly extended social-distancing guidelines are also set to end.
Additionally, schools across the state will remain closed until at least May 4. However, the order states that people may engage in physical activities such as jogging or bicycling, and may continue to do so "as long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and to minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household."
"Social distancing is our best tool in the fight against COVID-19, and the actions we have taken thus far have proven to be effective in limiting the spread of this virus," Governor Abbott said in a press release. "Now, it is time to redouble our efforts to reduce further exposure as much as possible and flatten the curve.
"By following these guidelines, we will limit the spread of COVID-19 and overcome this challenge together."
"In short, what this provides is that Texans are expected to limit personal interactions that could lead to the spread of COVID-19, while also still having the freedom to conduct daily activities such as going to the grocery store, so long as you are following the presidential standard of good distance practices," Abbott said.
As of April 1, Texas has 3,666 confirmed cases of CCP virus, while 56 people have died from the disease.