Yesterday, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued a shelter-in-place order for Dallas County, effective tonight through April 3. The Texas Tribune has coverage.
Below is a summary of the order from Texas State Rep. and DHBA member Victoria Neave.
- Order applies to every resident of Dallas County, including residents of Mesquite, Garland, and Dallas.
- Everyone must stay at their place of residence--#StayAtHome.
- Everyone must practice 6 feet of social distancing when they are outside their residence.
- You may leave your home ONLY for Essential Activities, to perform Essential Government Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses
- All businesses, except for Essential Businesses, are required to cease activities; however, businesses can continue to operate with their employees or independent contractors working from home
- All public gatherings outside the home are prohibited.
- Restaurants may continue to provide takeout, delivery, or drive-through services.
- Religious services may only be provided by video and teleconference.
- Elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures are prohibited.
- As of 11:59 pm on Monday, March 23, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 pm on Friday, April 3, 2020
- Every city in Dallas County, including Mesquite, Garland, and Dallas
- To save lives and protect the health and safety of our community
WHAT IS CONSIDERED AN "ESSENTIAL ACTIVITY?"
- Activities or tasks essential to one's personal or family's health and safety (For example, getting medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies needed to work from home)
- To get or deliver essential supplies or services necessary to maintain one's personal or family's safety (For example, buying food, pet supply, household products)
- To engage in an outdoor activity WHILE COMPLYING with social distancing requirements (Walking, hiking, biking, and running are allowed, if comply with social distancing)
- To perform work providing essential products and services at an Essential Business.
- To care for a family member or pet in another household.
WHAT IS CONSIDERED AN "ESSENTIAL BUSINESS?"
- Essential Healthcare Operations
- Essential Government Functions
- Essential Critical Infrastructure
- Essential Retail
- Providers of Basic Necessities
- News Media
- Childcare Services