Dallas County COVID-19 Health Guidance for the Public
1. Assume personal responsibility – Public health guidance cannot anticipate every unique situation. Residents should take responsibility, stay informed, take actions based on common sense, and follow the guidance offered by health care experts.
2. Do an honest self-assessment – In addition, all individuals are encouraged to perform an honest self- assessment before engaging in activities outside of the home. This assessment should include asking two questions:
· Am I healthy enough to leave the home, or do I fall into a high-risk category, based on age or other medical conditions?
· Is there someone in my home, or someone I interact with on a regular basis, who falls into a high- risk category?
If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then exercise extra caution and discretion before leaving the home. Is it a want or is it a need?
3. Perform protective hygiene, Distance yourself physically and clean the environment – Dallas County residents should practice good hygiene and cleaning practices to minimize the risk of transmission of the virus.
4. Assess the Risk – Individuals should assess their risk and make decisions based on their specific circumstances. Those at high risk for COVID-19 (elderly, diabetic, etc.) and those around them should use extra precautions as outlined by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS).
From Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins: a document was prepared by the Public Health Committee made up of public health, epidemiology, and infectious disease leaders who have prepared their entire adult lives to advise us in this moment. Their goal is to keep us safe through continued containment of COVID19. Click here to review.
Governor Abbott’s Plan to Reopen Texas
Summary of Executive Order GA 26
Every business establishment in Texas shall operate at no more than 50 percent of the total listed occupancy of the establishment. There are no occupancy limits for the following:
- Services listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
- Religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship
- Local government operations, including county and municipal governmental operations relating to licensing, permitting, recordation, and document-filing services, as determined by the local government
- Child-care services
- Youth camps including summer camps and other daytime and overnight camps for youths
- Recreational sports programs
The 50% occupancy limit also does not apply to outdoor areas, events, or establishments except for the following, which are limited to 50% occupancy (as determined by the owner):
- Professional, collegiate, or similar sporting events
- Swimming pools
- Water parks
- Museums and libraries
- Zoos, aquariums, natural caverns, and similar facilities
- Rodeos and equestrian events
The 50% occupancy limit also does not apply to the following as long as they operate with at least six feet of social distancing between work stations:
- Cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons/shops, and other establishments where licensed cosmetologists or barbers practice their trade
- Massage establishments and other facilities where licensed massage therapists are authorized to practice
- Personal-care and beauty services such as tanning salons, tattoo studios, piercing studios, hair removal services, and hair loss treatment and growth services
- Amusement parks and carnivals may operate at 50% capacity in counties with less than 1,000 cumulative cases of COVID-19 (Dallas County exceeds this threshold)
- Outdoor gatherings estimated to be larger than 500 people, excluding businesses and events specifically listed above, may have restrictions determined by local authorities
- Indoor bars must remain closed.
- Business establishments with less than 1,000 cumulative cases of COVID-19 (Dallas County exceeds this threshold) may operate at 75% occupancy on June 12, 2020
- Facilities with retractable roofs are considered indoor facilities and are subject to occupancy limits listed above
- Staff members are not included in occupancy limits except for manufacturing services and office workers
- People should not be in groups larger than ten and should maintain six feet of social distancing from those not in their group
- People over 65 are encouraged to stay home as much as possible, maintain distance from household members who have been out of the residence in the previous 14 days, and implement social distancing when leaving the home
- Every person should use good-faith efforts and available resources to follow the minimum standard health protocols recommended by the DSHS
- Individuals are encouraged to wear appropriate face coverings
- People shall not visit nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities
- Schools may resume operations for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year
- All existing executive orders are amended to eliminate confinement in jail as a penalty for violating the executive orders
Dallas County Face Mask Supplemental Order
Effective June 19, 2020, through 11:59 p.m. on August 4, 2020, all commercial entities in Dallas County providing goods or services directly to the public must develop and implement a health and safety policy that requires, at a minimum, all employees and visitors wear face coverings when in close proximity to co-workers or the public where six feet of separation is not feasible.
Summary of Amended Order of Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins
- All people 10 years or older shall wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in a public place where it is difficult to keep six feet away from other people or working in areas that involve close proximity with others.
- The CDC advises face coverings for people 2 years or older
- Face coverings may include homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas, or a handkerchief.
- Dallas County residents should continue to maintain social distancing of at least six feet while outside their home.
- It is strongly recommended that you not obtain or wear medical masks or N-95 re respirators as they are needed by health care providers and first responders and they must have priority access to medical masks and other personal protective equipment.
- Face coverings do not need to be worn in the following circumstances:
- When exercising outside or engaging in physical activity outside
- While driving alone or with passengers who are party of the same household as the driver
- When doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety, or security risk
- While pumping gas or operating outdoor equipment
- While in a building or activity that requires security surveillance or screening, for example, banks
- When consuming food or drink
- Please note that face coverings are a secondary strategy to other mitigation efforts. Face coverings are not a replacement for social distancing, frequent handwashing, and self-isolation when sick. All people should follow CDC recommendations for how to wear and take off a mask. Residents should keep up the following habits while in public:
- Washing hand before you leave home and when you return
- Staying at least six feet away from others iii. Avoiding touching nose or face
- Not using disposable masks more than three times, and
- The Health and Safety Policy, required to be developed and implemented by businesses, may also include the implementation of other mitigating measures designed to control or reduce the transmission of COVID-19 such as temperature checks or health screenings.
- Businesses must post the Health and Safety Policy required by this Order in a conspicuous location sufficient to provide notice to employees and visitors of all health and safety requirements.
- Failure to develop and implement the Health and Safety Policy required by this Order within five (5) calendar days of this Order may result in a fine not to exceed $500 for each violation.
- Washing reusable cloth masks regularly to prevent the spread of the virus. Consistent with Executive Order GA-26 issued by Governor Greg Abbott, no civil or criminal penalty will be imposed on individuals for failure to wear a face covering.
Helpful Quick Links
Small Business Resources (CARES Act)
The CARES Act – Payroll Protection Program will be available for small businesses and sole proprietorships beginning tomorrow, April 3, 2020. Then, beginning April 10, 2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals may apply. This program will be helpful to small businesses (fewer than 500 employees) in our community.
Local Small Business Administration Contact Info:
150 Westpark Way Ste. 130
Euless, Texas 76040
Who to Help and How
Offer hope to those working hardest in the community during these uncertain times. By supporting an Irving nonprofit through a monetary or item donation, you’re giving right back to your own neighbors. Explore our Irving Nonprofit Guide to find out who and how to help.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing Sites
8 am-8 pm
Criteria for drive-thru testing:
- Shortness of breath
- A temperature of 99.6 or higher when tested
Any individual exhibiting all three of these symptoms can be tested.
Do’s and Don’ts
- DO keep your social distancing while exercising and walking your pets outside. The distance between you and others must be at least 6 feet.
- DO continue supporting your local restaurants, microbreweries, micro-distilleries, and wineries by ordering to go meals and beverages or having your meals and beverages delivered. Click here for a comprehensive list of Las Colinas restaurants offering delivery and take-out options.
- DO minimize exposure by working remotely from home if you are not considered an essential services employee. Click here to review social distancing guidelines for essential businesses (pages 6-7).
- DO stay at home if you are not running an essential errand, such as going to the grocery store or doctor’s office.
- DO check on your friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors, and vulnerable populations by calling them, communicating through Facetime, or others ways of virtual interface.
- DO avoid people who are sick.
- DO wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- DO try an alternative greeting instead of shaking hands, such as a wave.
- DO monitor your health and follow public health officials’ and CDC guidance if you have recently traveled and returned from a country, state, or region with ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections.
- DO follow Las Colinas Association’s social media and website for daily updates.
- DON’T gather – all gatherings, public or private, outside a household are banned regardless of size.
- DON’T have your child attend daycare if anyone in the household is sick.
- DON’T touch your face.
- DON’T engage in any outdoor activity that does not comply with the 6 feet of social distancing order. Click here to review social distancing guidelines.
- DON’T visit medical settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities, even if you are not ill.
- DON’T attend religious and worship services – you may watch online, video, or by teleconference.
- DON’T travel; suspend any nonessential employee travel.
- DON’T eat or drink from another’s plate or cup.
- DON’T be unprepared – have a plan and don’t panic.