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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

County Orders Issued by Judge Jenkins - Coronavirus Outbreak


April 6

Amended Order: Summary of Changes (to date)

  1. Adds Rules for Financial Institutions and Realtors
    1. Establishes rules for financial institutions and realtors to follow when conducting business in Dallas County, including safety standards.
  2. Adds Rules for Common Carriers, Delivery Services, and Related Companies
    1. Establishes safety rules for common carriers, motor carriers, private carriers, shippers, delivery services, moving companies and contract carriers that load or unload cargo, supplies, equipment or goods at any point located in Dallas County.

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April 6

Amended Order
UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 418.108, DALLAS COUNTY JUDGE CLAY JENKINS ORDERS:

  1. Effective as of 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020:
    1. All individuals currently living within Dallas County are ordered to shelter at their place of residence. For the purposes of this Order, residences include hotels, motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably as possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence. All persons may leave their residences only for Essential Activities, or to provide or perform Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses, all as defined in Section 2.
    2. All businesses operating within Dallas County, except Essential Businesses as defined in below in Section 2, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the County except Minimum Basic Operations as defined in Section 2. For clarity, businesses may continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e. working from home). To the greatest extent possible, all Essential Businesses shall comply with the Social Distancing Rules attached, including maintaining six feet social distancing for both employees and the general public.
    3. Employees of Essential Businesses, whose physical presence at the workplace is not essential to operations, are directed to use telecommuting to the fullest extent possible.
    4. All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited, except as otherwise provided herein. Nothing in this Order prohibits the gathering of members of a household or living unit.
    5. All elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures are prohibited anywhere in Dallas County. Hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental offices, and other medical facilities are directed to identify procedures that are deemed "elective" by assessing which procedures can be postponed or cancelled based on patient risk considering the emergency need for redirection of resources to COVID-19 response.

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April 3

Order: Continuance of Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency

This Continuance of Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency affirms the activation of the Dallas County Emergency Management Plan and extends the Declaration of Local Disaster until 11:49pm on May 20, 2020 unless rescinded by order of the Commissioners Court.

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April 3

Amended Order
UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 418.108, DALLAS COUNTY JUDGE CLAY JENKINS ORDERS:

  1. Effective as of 11:10 a.m. on April 3, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020:
    1. All individuals currently living within Dallas County are ordered to shelter at their place of residence. For the purposes of this Order, residences include hotels, motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably as possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence. All persons may leave their residences only for Essential Activities, or to provide or perform Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses, all as defined in Section 2.
    2. All businesses operating within Dallas County, except Essential Businesses as defined in below in Section 2, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the County except Minimum Basic Operations as defined in Section 2. For clarity, businesses may continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e. working from home). To the greatest extent possible, all Essential Businesses shall comply with the Social Distancing Rules attached, including maintaining six feet social distancing for both employees and the general public.
    3. Employees of Essential Businesses, whose physical presence at the workplace is not essential to operations, are directed to use telecommuting to the fullest extent possible.
    4. All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited, except as otherwise provided herein. Nothing in this Order prohibits the gathering of members of a household or living unit.
    5. All elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures are prohibited anywhere in Dallas County. Hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental offices, and other medical facilities are directed to identify procedures that are deemed "elective" by assessing which procedures can be postponed or cancelled based on patient risk considering the emergency need for redirection of resources to COVID-19 response.

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Orden Enmendada
BAJO LA AUTORIDAD DEL CÓDIGO DE GOBIERNO DE TEXAS SECCIÓN 418.108, JUEZ DEL CONDADO DE DALLAS CLAY JENKINS ORDENA:

  1. En vigencia a partir de las 11:59 p.m. del 3 de abril de 2020 y continuar hasta las 11:59 p.m. en 30 de abril de 2020:
    1. Todas las personas que viven actualmente en el condado de Dallas tienen la orden de refugiarse en su lugar de residencia. Para los propósitos de esta Orden, las residencias incluyen hoteles, moteles, alquileres compartidos e instalaciones similares. En la medida en que las personas utilicen espacios compartidos o al aire libre, deben mantener en todo momento lo más razonablemente posible distanciamiento social de al menos seis pies de cualquier otra persona cuando estén fuera de su residencia. Todas las personas pueden abandonar sus residencias solo para Actividades Esenciales, o para proporcionar o realizar Funciones Gubernamentales Esenciales, o para operar Negocios Esenciales, todo como se define en la Sección 2.
    2. Todos los negocios que operan dentro del Condado de Dallas, excepto los Negocios Esenciales como se define a continuación en la Sección 2, deben cesar todas las actividades en las instalaciones ubicadas dentro del Condado. Para mayor claridad, las empresas pueden continuar las operaciones que consisten exclusivamente en empleados o contratistas que realizan actividades en sus propias residencias (es decir, trabajan desde casa). En la mayor medida posible, todos los Negocio Esenciales deberán seguir las Recomendaciones de Distanciamiento Social adjuntas, incluido el mantenimiento de distancia social de seis pies para los empleados y el público en general.
    3. Los empleados de negocios esenciales, cuya presencia física en el lugar de trabajo no es esencial para las operaciones, deben utilizar el teletrabajo en la mayor medida posible.
    4. Se prohíben todas las reuniones públicas o privadas de cualquier número de personas que ocurran fuera de un solo hogar o unidad de vivienda, excepto que se estipule lo contrario en el presente. Nada en esta Orden prohíbe la reunión de miembros de un hogar o unidad de vivienda.
    5. Todos los procedimientos electivos médicos, quirúrgicos y dentales están prohibidos en cualquier parte del condado de Dallas. Los hospitales, los centros de cirugía ambulatoria, los consultorios dentales y otras instalaciones médicas deben identificar los procedimientos que se consideran "electivos" mediante la evaluación de qué procedimientos pueden posponerse o cancelarse basado en el riesgo del paciente, teniendo en cuenta la urgente necesidad de re direccionar los recursos a los esfuerzos de COVID-19.

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April 2

Rules for Manufacturers and Distributors

This document provides guidance for persons and business associated with the building and construction industries and trades on the meaning and application of Order issued by Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins on April 02, 2020 (the “Order”).

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Reglas para fabricantes y distribuidores

Este documento proporciona orientación para personas y empresas asociadas con las industrias y comercios de fabricación y distribución sobre el significado y la aplicación de la Orden emitida por el juez del condado de Dallas Clay Jenkins el 2 de abril de 2020 (la "Orden").

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April 2

Amended Order: Summary of Changes (to date)

  1. Adds safety rules for manufacturers and distributors
  2. Caps late fees for rent at $15/month
  3. Requires employees of essential businesses to telecommute when possible
  4. Prohibits employers from requiring negative COVID test of physician note before recovered employee can go back to work
    1. This provision is to prevent placing an additional burden on healthcare systems
  5. Clarifies that limits on purchases of toilet paper and other essential items do not apply to Essential Businesses and Government Offices

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April 2

Amended Order
UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 418.108, DALLAS COUNTY JUDGE CLAY JENKINS ORDERS:

  1. Effective as of 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020:
    1. All individuals currently living within Dallas County are ordered to shelter at their place of residence. For the purposes of this Order, residences include hotels, motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably as possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence. All persons may leave their residences only for Essential Activities, or to provide or perform Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses, all as defined in Section 2.
    2. All businesses operating within Dallas County, except Essential Businesses as defined in below in Section 2, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the County except Minimum Basic Operations as defined in Section 2. For clarity, businesses may continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e. working from home). To the greatest extent possible, all Essential Businesses shall comply with the Social Distancing Rules attached, including maintaining six feet social distancing for both employees and the general public.
    3. Employees of Essential Businesses, whose physical presence at the workplace is not essential to operations, are directed to use telecommuting to the fullest extent possible.
    4. All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited, except as otherwise provided herein. Nothing in this Order prohibits the gathering of members of a household or living unit.
    5. All elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures are prohibited anywhere in Dallas County. Hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental offices, and other medical facilities are directed to identify procedures that are deemed "elective" by assessing which procedures can be postponed or cancelled based on patient risk considering the emergency need for redirection of resources to COVID-19 response.

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April 1

Amended Order - Regarding Long-Term Care Facilities
UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 418.108, DALLAS COUNTY JUDGE CLAY JENKINS ORDERS:

  1. This Order shall be in effect beginning at 2:00 p.m. on April 1, 2020 and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020, or until it is either rescinded, superseded, or amended pursuant to applicable law.
  2. This Order applies to all Long-Term Care Facilities (“LTCFs”) in Dallas County, Texas.

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March 31

Order - Allowing Donations
UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 418.108, DALLAS COUNTY JUDGE CLAY JENKINS ORDERS:

  1. Dallas County departments in possession of unused or unneeded medical equipment and supplies shall provide the unused or unneeded medical equipment and supplies to nursing homes, long term care facilities, organizations serving homeless individuals, and hospitals in Dallas County.
  2. This EXECUTIVE ORDER does not require Dallas County and its departments to provide medical equipment and supplies that are needed for Dallas County’s ongoing operations.
  3. This EXECUTIVE ORDER does include any medical equipment and supplies that may be expired per their packaging or manufacturer instructions.
  4. Pursuant to Texas Local Government Code § 81.032, the Commissioners Court can accept donations of property, as such, any Dallas County department that receives a donation of medical supplies or equipment is ordered to immediately notify the Dallas County Emergency Operations Center.

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March 31

Amended Order
UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 418.108, DALLAS COUNTY JUDGE CLAY JENKINS ORDERS:

  1. Effective as of 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020:
    1. All individuals currently living within Dallas County are ordered to shelter at their place of residence. For the purposes of this Order, residences include hotels, motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably as possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence. All persons may leave their residences only for Essential Activities, or to provide or perform Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses, all as defined in Section 2.
    2. All businesses operating within Dallas County, except Essential Businesses as defined in below in Section 2, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the County except Minimum Basic Operations as defined in Section 2. For clarity, businesses may continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e. working from home). To the greatest extent possible, all Essential Businesses shall comply with the Social Distancing Rules attached, including maintaining six feet social distancing for both employees and the general public.
    3. All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited, except as otherwise provided herein. Nothing in this Order prohibits the gathering of members of a household or living unit.
    4. All elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures are prohibited anywhere in Dallas County. Hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental offices, and other medical facilities are directed to identify procedures that are deemed "elective" by assessing which procedures can be postponed or cancelled based on patient risk considering the emergency need for redirection of resources to COVID-19 response.

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March 31

Rules for the Construction Industry - Frequently Asked Questions
Reglas para la industria de construcción - Preguntas frecuentes


Click here for previous COVID-19 Court Orders issued by Judge Jenkins