Dallas County Issues Shelter-In-Place To Combat Coronavirus

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By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD
DALLAS (KRLD) - Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has issued a shelter-in-place order for all residents in the county beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 23. The stay-at-home order will last until April 3. 

Dallas County is implementing a "shelter in place" order. Dallas County Health and Human Services released this graph with predicted outcomes based on no changes, "social distancing" only, California's shelter in place order, and "Wuhan-style" lockdown. https://t.co/Z1fRCIIiMx pic.twitter.com/hFQM3aCQMY

— Alan Scaia (@scaia) March 22, 2020

According to the order, all non-essential business are required to close. 

Individuals may leave their residences for the following essential activities:

Health & Safety – Obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies needed to work from home.

Services & Supplies – Obtain food, pet supply, and any other household consumer products, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences. This includes delivery of services and supplies to others.

Outdoor activity – Walking, biking, hiking, or running provided the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet.

Perform work functions – Providing essential products and services at an Essential Business 

All businesses operating within Dallas County, except Essential Businesses are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the County. For clarity, businesses may continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e. working from home), but they must comply with social distancing for both employees and the general public.

The order defines the following as Essential Businesses:

Health Care Services

Government Functions

Infrastructure

Retail

Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations

Services Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential Businesses

News Media

Childcare Services 

All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited under the order.

Restaurants with or without drive-in or drive-through services and microbreweries, micro-distilleries, or wineries may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-through services as allowed by law. All elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures are prohibited anywhere in Dallas County.

Additionally, due to the public health emergency, the Office of the Dallas County Judge has advised the Dallas County Justices of the Peace to suspend eviction hearings and writs of possession for at least the next 60 days to prevent renters from being displaced.

As of Sunday at noon, there are 334 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Texas, including 131 cases in Dallas County, 24 cases in Denton County, and 31 cases in Collin County. There are two confirmed cases within the City of Carrollton, one in Dallas County and one in Denton County.