DALLAS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — Due to the coronavirus spread, Judge Clay Jenkins ordered that Dallas County is to shelter-in-place starting Monday.

The order, effective as of 11:59 p.m. Mar. 23, will prohibit residents from leaving their residence unless for an “essential activity.” It will continue until 11:59 p.m. Apr. 3.

In a news conference Sunday, Judge Jenkins ensured residents that this decision was not an easy one.

“This order is our best chance to flatten the curve here in Dallas County and save as many lives as possible,” he said. “I know there will be economic hardships with this. It makes me sick that we are at this point.”

For the purposes of this order, residences include hotels, motels, shared rentals and similar facilities.

Anyone who leaves their residence is to provide or perform essential governmental functions, or to operate essential businesses.

All non-essential businesses operating within Dallas County are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the county. However, businesses can continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors working from home.

Judge Jenkins said when the county does come out of this, it’ll be on the other side with businesses — particularly small businesses — intact.

“Due to the situation, this is something where they will come out with their livelihoods intact,” he said.

All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited. But nothing in the order prohibits the gathering of members of a household.

Restaurants, microbreweries, micro-distilleries, or wineries still may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-through services.

Religious and worship services may only be provided by video and teleconference. Religious institutions must limit in-person staff to 10 people or less when preparing for or conducting video or teleconference services, and all individuals must follow the social distancing guidelines.

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.

For purposes of this order, the following are deemed essential activities:

  • To engage in activities or perform tasks essential to their health and safety,
    or to the health and safety of their family or household members (for example, obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies need to work from home).
  • To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or to deliver those services or supplies to others (for example, food, pet supply, and any other household consumer products, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.
  • To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet (for example, walking, biking, hiking, or running).
  • To perform work providing essential products and services at an Essential Business or to otherwise carry out activities specifically permitted in this order.
  • To care for a family member or pet in another household.

For purposes of this order, “essential businesses” mean:

  • Essential Healthcare Operations
    • Healthcare operations, including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers, mental health providers, substance abuse service providers, blood banks, medical research, laboratory services, or any related and/or ancillary healthcare services. Home-based and residential-based care for seniors, adults, or children are also considered healthcare operations. Healthcare operations also includes veterinary care and all health and welfare services provided to animals. This exemption shall be viewed broadly to avoid any impacts to the delivery of healthcare. Healthcare operations do not include fitness and exercise gyms and similar facilities. Healthcare operations do not include elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures as established in accordance with Subsection 1(g) of this order.
  • Essential Government Functions
    • All services provided by local governments needed to ensure the continuing operation of the government agencies to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public. Further, nothing in this order shall prohibit any individual from performing or accessing “Essential Government Functions.” All Essential Government Functions shall be performed in compliance with social distancing requirements of six feet, to the extent possible.
  • Essential Critical Infrastructure
    • Work necessary to the operations and maintenance of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors as identified by the National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) including public works construction, residential and commercial construction, airport operations, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet, and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services), financial institutions, defense and national security-related operations, essential manufacturing operations provided that they carry out those services or that work in compliance with social distancing requirements of six feet, to the extent possible. Essential Businesses providing essential infrastructure should implement screening precautions to protect employees and all activity shall be performed in compliance with social distancing guidelines attached.
  • Essential Retail
    • Food service providers, including grocery stores, warehouse stores, big-box stores, bodegas, liquor stores, gas stations and convenience stores, farmers’ markets that sell food products and household staples. Food cultivation, including farming, fishing, and livestock. Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences. Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or carry out. Schools and other entities that typically provide free services to students or members of the public on a pick-up and take-away basis only. The restriction of delivery or carry out does not apply to cafes and restaurants located within hospital and medical facilities. Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers. Gas stations, auto-supply, auto and bicycle repair, hardware stores, and related facilities. Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home.
  • Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations
    • Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.
  • Essential Services Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential Businesses
    • Trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal, mail and shipping services, building cleaning and maintenance, warehouse/distribution and fulfillment, storage for essential businesses, funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries. Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of residences and Essential Businesses. Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities. Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support of supplies needed to operate.
  • News Media
    • Newspapers, television, radio and other media services.
  • Childcare Services
    • Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this order to work as permitted.

Watch the full news conference:

Comments (15)
  1. Victor says:

    So places of worship must suspend their activities even if the congregants were to maintain a 6 foot distance, but liquor stores are deemed essential services allowed to stay open!?

  2. Anne says:

    Judges have no authority to do this.

  3. TJ says:

    Actually, Anne, they do.

    1. pacific1waters9willfulknowledge says:

      Cite your source. If a judge is authorized to make an executive decision then we have thousands of judges ruling the nation, not executive authorities.

    2. pacific1waters9 says:

      and here it is. (f) The county judge or the mayor of a municipality may order the evacuation of all or part of the population from a stricken or threatened area under the jurisdiction and authority of the county judge or mayor if the county judge or mayor considers the action necessary for the preservation of life or other disaster mitigation, response, or recovery.

      (g) The county judge or the mayor of a municipality may control ingress to and egress from a disaster area under the jurisdiction and authority of the county judge or mayor and control the movement of persons and the occupancy of premises in that area.

      1. Robert Coburn says:

        Read your words of the law stated ingress and egress of the disaster area. he has issued orders within the area. this law ONLY applies when the County is the disaster area. The Governer should This Judge is out of line

  4. Casey says:

    What about custody exchanges? My ex is refusing to exchange our kids

    1. Lindsey Wilhite says:

      No, custody exchanges still have to occur. To not do so is a direct violation of the custody agreement. This is not affected by shelter in place

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  6. This is great math – 200 cases and 3 deaths in a population of 2,600,000. Clay Jenkins isn’t even at risk since he is undead. Thanks for creating an economic pandemic.

    1. In the Sickhouse says:

      You seem to understand the concept of numbers but not the concept of change. They made the colors bright on the graph just for people like you!

  7. Gordon E Peterson II says:

    (I’m surprised the copyright date on this video is showing 2019…!?) Just sayin’…

  8. Danny says:

    working for school as maintenance in Dallas county do we have to go to work?

  9. Luke Morales says:

    The problem is we have a local DemagogueRat who is overstepping his authority and trampling the constitution and shutting the whole city of millions down. That’s why there are checks and balances and one wimpy paranoid guy (Clay Jenkins), shuts everything down thinks he knows best! Vote him and all such other clowns out of office next chance We The People get! Better yet let’s implement the convention of states and an amendment where We The People vote on our own laws -even local ones. In the age of the internet we citizens could all vote on measures and represent ourselves. We do not need any one professional person representing millions upon million of us. We The People can do that ourselves!

  10. Gary says:

    How come barbershops are not considered a essential business? I need to get my hair cut.

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