Denton County Commissioners have extended the existing Executive Order and Disaster Declaration through April 7, 2020, which includes a Stay at Home mandate and continued closure of non-essential businesses. The Court will review the order again during their next regular meeting on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
The order stipulates that:
- All public and private gatherings regardless of size are prohibited
- Visiting nursing homes is prohibited
- Use of public playground equipment is prohibited
- Any business not listed in the order as essential must close to the public. Residents working for a nonessential business are required to stay home and not travel to their place of employment. For specific questions about essential businesses, email email@example.com.
- Essential retail does not include furniture stores
- Car dealerships showrooms should be closed. However, online sales and repair services are allowed.
- All elective medical and dental procedures are prohibited
- Religious services only allowed by video or teleconference
- All golf courses in Denton County shall be closed
- Outdoor clubs, including shooting ranges, shall be closed
- Dine-in is not allowed at any restaurant. Take-out, curbside, drive-through and delivery services are allowed as well as businesses that ship groceries, food, goods or services directly to residents.
- A modification to the existing order outlines curbside services allowed for non-profits and non-secular organizations.
Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 418.173, failure to comply with the order is an offense punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000, confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days, or both. Any other lawfully available enforcement measures may be taken including, but not limited to, revocation of a certificate of occupancy.
As the mandate is extended, county officials are also working on plans to re-open businesses across Denton County once health officials indicate that a strict stay-at-home measure is no longer necessary.
Denton County Public Health officials have confirmed a total of 191 cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and three deaths related to COVID-19 in Denton County as of Monday evening. The new executive order is effective through 11:59 p.m. on April 7, 2020. A copy of the declaration is available at https://dentoncounty.gov.