DALLAS COUNTY SHELTER-IN-PLACE
Effective March 29, 2020 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. April 3, 2020, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins ordered all individuals anywhere in Dallas County (including Irving) to shelter in place. People may only leave their residences for essential activities, perform essential governmental functions, or to operate essential businesses. Essential businesses do include food and delivery pick-up, for a comprehensive listing of Irving delivery and pick-up options, click here. All businesses operating within Dallas County, except essential businesses are required to cease all activities at facilities located within Dallas County. For clarity, businesses may continue operations consisting exclusively of employees working from home. All essential businesses shall comply with the Social Distancing Guidelines linked below. All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited. This order is anticipated to continue beyond April 3, 2020.
Summary of Amended Order of County Judge Clay Jenkins:
- All individuals living in Dallas County (including Irving) are ordered to shelter at their place of residence, which includes hotels, motels, shared rentals and similar facilities.
- Residents may leave for essential activities, to perform essential government activities or operate essential businesses.
- All businesses operating within Dallas County must cease all activities at facilities located within the County except for Minimum Basic Operations.
- Business may continue operations with employees working exclusively from their residences (working from home).
- Essential businesses must comply with the Social Distancing Guidelines (pages 10 & 11).
- All public or private gatherings of any number of people outside of a single household are prohibited.
- All elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures are prohibited in Dallas County.
- With limited exceptions, no person can sell groceries, beverages, toilet article, and ice; restaurant, cafeteria, and boarding-house meals; and medicine, pharmaceutical and medical equipment and supplies for more than the regular retail price the person charge on March 16, 2020.
- Toilet tissue sales are limited to 12 rolls or one package per purchase.
- Religious and worship services may only be provided by video and teleconference.
- Eviction hearings and writs of possession will be suspended for 60 days to protect renters.*
- For any household with someone who has tested positive, all household members are ordered to isolate at home.
- Nursing homes, retirement, and long-term care facilities are ordered to prohibit non-essential visits excluding critical assistance or end-of-life visitation.
- The Dallas County Sheriff's Office, Fire Marshal's Office, and other peace officers are authorized to enforce this order through criminal or civil enforcement, which is punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days.
- Activities or tasks that are essential to the health and safety of members of the household. This includes obtaining medical supplies or medicine, visiting a health care professional or obtaining supplies to work from home.
- To obtain necessary services or supplies for the household, or to deliver those services or supplies to others. This includes food, pet supplies, any household consumer products, and products to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.
- To engage in outdoor activities provided the individuals comply with social distancing requirements. This includes walking, biking, hiking, running, golfing, and tennis).
- To perform work providing essential products and services at an essential business.
- To care for a family member or pet in another household.
- To move to another residence either in or outside Dallas County
- To engage in Essential Travel
- Travel related to Essential Activities, Essential Government Functions, Essential Businesses, Essential Critical Infrastructure, and Minimum Basic Operations
- Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, and other vulnerable persons
- Travel to or from educational institutions for the purpose of receiving distance learning materials or meals.
- Travel to return to a place of residence from outside the jurisdiction
- Travel required by law enforcement or court order
- Travel by church staff or clergy for the purpose of remoter delivery of religious services and other ministries requiring travel
- Travel to attend a funeral service
- Travel for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside of the County
*This applies to Dallas County Justices and not private hotel and apartment owners and landlords. It does not address displacement caused by notices to vacate for non-payment of rent or facility closures.