• The Texas Supreme Court issued an order barring Texas landlords from evicting residential tenants for most reasons until April 19.
Renters can be evicted only for posing an imminent threat of physical harm to others or for engaging in criminal activity, according to the Texas Apartment Association, which said it supported the move.
• The income tax filing date was been pushed back from April 15 to July 15, The Associated Press reported.
President Donald Trump said people expecting refunds should go ahead and file now.
• Two more cases of coronavirus infection were confirmed in Galveston County, bringing the total of known cases to six, health officials said Friday afternoon.
One of the newly confirmed cases is a man in his 40s. The second is a woman in her 50s who been to an area hospital. Both were quarantined at home.
• The Moody Foundation, based in Galveston, committed $250,000 in COVID-19 relief funds to support Galveston County, officials said.
Money was authorized to help Catholic Charities, CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread, the Galveston County Food Bank, St. Vincent’s House and United Way of Galveston.
• All Workforce Solutions career offices were closed to the public and will remain so indefinitely, officials announced Thursday.
• The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce rescheduled its 13th annual Galveston Women’s Conference to Aug. 28.
• The Galveston Lions Club has canceled its annual oyster roast.
• The University of Texas Medical Branch instituted a no-visitor policy at its hospitals that began noon Friday.
The policy applies to patient rooms, the emergency department and waiting rooms, but exceptions will be allowed for a partner or spouse in labor and delivery, for one parent or caregiver in pediatrics and for patients receiving end-of-life care, according to a statement.
• Carnival Cruise Line offered to allow governments and health organizations to use its vessels as temporary hospitals to help offset a potential shortage of hospital beds.
The company proposed using its ships as temporary health care facilities to treat non-COVID-19 patients.
• The Galveston Symphony Orchestra canceled the rest of its season.
Managers asked patrons to consider converting tickets for the cancelled concerts to donations, or making donations in any amount to sustain the orchestra.