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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Dallas County Judge Issues COVID-19 Supplemental Orders

Couple shopping in grocery store wearing masks for protection.

On Aug. 4, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued supplemental orders effective 11:59 p.m. Aug. 4 regarding COVID-19 policies to continue concurrently with Governor Abbott’s Disaster Proclamation until it is rescinded, suspended or amended.

Continuing Stay Order

  • All Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Recovery Payments to individuals shall be exempt from “garnishment” as that term is described in Chapter 63 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, except for garnishment for child support payments. All CARE Act Payments shall remain exempt from garnishment when deposited into an account in a financial institution. This provision is enacted to ensure Dallas County residents can use their CARES Act Recovery payments for their housing, food, medical and other essential needs during the COVID- 19 emergency period.
  • All public, private, and commercial laboratories operating within Dallas County and performing COVID-19 testing shall report by 5 p.m. each day for the prior 24-hour period the number of COVID-19 tests performed and the number of positive COVID-19 tests.
  • Employers shall not implement any rules making a negative COVID-19 test or a note from a healthcare provider a requirement before a COVID-19 recovered employee can return to work. 
  • The following goods or services cannot be sold for more than the regular retail price charged on March 16, 2020, except where an increased retail price is the result of increased supplier or other costs (including the loss of supplier supporting funds):
    • groceries, beverages, toilet articles, and ice;
    • restaurant, cafeteria, and boarding-house meals; and
    • medicine, pharmaceutical and medical equipment, and supplies.
  • Suspends all delivery hour restrictions for transport to or from any entity involved in the selling or distribution of food products, medicine, or medical supplies in Dallas County for the next 60 days.
  • If someone in a household has tested positive for coronavirus, the household is ordered to isolate at home. Members of the household cannot go to work, school or any other community function, except for workers included in Essential Healthcare Operations who may continue to work in accordance with CDC guidance.
  • Nursing homes, retirement and long-term care facilities are instructed by this order to prohibit non-essential visitors from accessing their facilities unless to provide critical assistance or for end-of-life visitation.
  • Public and private schools and institutions of higher education are instructed by this order to provide a safety plan to Dallas County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 72 hours before students return to a classroom setting.
  • Additionally, the Office of the Dallas County Judge and the Health Authority instructs all employees to remain at home if sick. Employees of private businesses and nonprofits with six or more employees in the City of Dallas can use their paid sick leave when they are sick or to care for sick family members.

Read the full order.

Supplemental Order on Face Masks

Effective 11:59 p.m. Aug. 4, this supplemental order requires commercial businesses that provide goods and services to the public to adopt a policy requiring its employees and visitors to wear face coverings where it is difficult to maintain 6 feet of distance from others. The order requires businesses to continue the face mask rule for visitors and employees to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Dallas County. The order will continue concurrently with Governor Abbott’s Disaster Proclamation until it is rescinded, suspended or amended.

The order recommends individuals 10 years and older to wear a face covering in a public space where social distancing is difficult. Face coverings may include homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas or a handkerchief. Individuals who do not wear a face covering are not subject to a civil or criminal penalty.

Face coverings do not need to be worn when:

  • Consuming food or a drink.
  • Exercising outside or engaging in physical activity outside.
  • Driving alone or with passengers from the driver’s household.
  • Pumping gas or operating outdoor equipment.
  • In a building or activity that requires security surveillance or screening, such as a bank.
  • Doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety or security risk.

Additional Supplemental Orders

View all COVID-19 Disaster Orders and Declarations
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