Dallas County Shelter In Place Order

Monday, March 23, 2020 8:13 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

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


  • 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.


  • Essential Healthcare Operations
  • Essential Government Functions
  • Essential Critical Infrastructure
  • Essential Retail
  • Providers of Basic Necessities
  • News Media
  • Childcare Services

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