UPDATE | Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Dallas County shelter-in-place order now in effect
FBTX ~ By order of Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, in an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus, all residents of Dallas County should shelter-in-place, through at least April 3.
That means all residents of Dallas County should stay at home, except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services. When outside of their residence for essential activities, such as healthcare visits and grocery store or pharmacy trips, residents should maintain a distance of six feet from other persons. Restaurants may still operate drive-thru, take out and delivery business. Essential City services will continue to function during this time.
There are a number of other “essential” exceptions that apply:
Essential businesses that may continue to operate include hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies and other healthcare facilities. Essential critical infrastructure that may continue includes public works construction, residential and commercial construction, operation of utilities, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and telecommunications systems.
Essential retail includes grocery stores, warehouse stores, big box stores, gas stations and convenience stores, farmers markets, schools that provide free services for students on a pick-up and takeaway basis. Also included are laundromats, dry cleaners, gas stations, auto supply, hardware stores and related facilities.
For the full text of the order, including all explanations and exceptions, click here.
Farmers Branch Mayor Robert Dye expressed his support for taking these steps to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
"As this has been a known possibility for some time, let’s not panic, but understand that these directives are for our own best interest,” he explained. “Essential functions, as have been available previously, will still be available in terms of grocery stores, hospitals, restaurants for take out and deliver, and pharmacies will still be open and available to the public.”
UPDATE | Thursday, March 19, 2020
All City facilities to close to in-person services
FBTX ~ In a continuing effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, all City of Farmers Branch facilities, including City Hall, Court, Citizen Collection Center and the Animal Adoption Center, will close to in-person services at 5 p.m. Friday, March 20.
For now, offices would remain staffed and the City Hall water payment drive-thru would remain open. City Manager Charles Cox said all City facilities will remain closed to public traffic until at least April 6, but added that could be extended, depending on developments in the coronavirus outbreak. Residents should call facilities / departments directly to conduct business.
This follows last week’s closure of The Branch Connection, Rec & Aquatics Centers, Historical Park and Manske Library. Those facilities are now also closed at least until April 6, subject to change.
Citizen Collection Center among closings; trash collection continues on schedule
FBTX ~ The Citizen Collection Center, at 1399 Valley View, will be among the City facilities closing until at least April 6. However, trash, brush and recycling collection continues on schedule, according to City officials. Community Waste Disposal, the City’s collection contractor, is asking all residents to be sure trash bags are completely sealed, in an effort to safeguard their employees and the public in general.
UPDATE | Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Farmers Branch mirrors County orders and closes restaurants and bars for dine-in service
FBTX ~ In further response to the coronavirus outbreak and mirroring the Dallas County orders that went into effect last night at midnight, the City of Farmers Branch is ordering the closure of all restaurants for dine-in service, effective immediately, until further notice. Take-out, delivery and drive-thru are still allowed. Mayor Robert Dye signed the amendment to the Disaster Declaration of Public Health Emergency, originally issued Friday.
Additionally, public or private community gatherings of 50 or more are prohibited for the duration of the disaster declaration. Gatherings are defined as any indoor or outdoor event that brings together or is likely to bring together 50 or more persons in a single room, or other confined or enclosed space such as an auditorium, theatre, stadium, arena or event center, gym, meeting hall, conference center, large cafeteria or any other similar space.
This action follows Friday’s closings of City facilities, including the Community Recreation Center, Aquatics Center, Historical Park, Manske Library and The Branch Connection senior activity center. All City events, meetings and activities are canceled, with the lone exeception of the previously posted City Council meetings scheduled for tonight at 6 p.m. and a special meeting planned for Thursday at noon. Farmers Branch City Manager Charles Cox said additional measures could be taken as conditions warrant.
Information on the coronavirus outbreak, including common sense precautions and links to the latest updates are available at farmersbranchtx.gov/covid19.
UPDATE | Monday, March 16, 2020
Dallas County reports five additional positive coronavirus cases, including one in Farmers Branch
Monday, March 16, 2020 | DALLAS COUNTY ~ Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) reported five additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County on Monday, including one in Farmers Branch, bringing the county total to 19.
The five cases include one man in his 40s, one man and one woman in their 50s, one man in his 60s and one man in his 70s. All are self-isolating at residences and are not hospitalized. Dallas County officials advise four of the cases likely stem from domestic, out-of-state travel and one is likely from local community spread.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Stay home when you are sick, except to seek medical care
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and help young children to do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-base hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve, not your hands.
Additional information is available at the following websites:
UPDATE | Friday, March 13, 2020
Farmers Branch closes public gathering facilities and cancels most events
FBTX | March 13, 2020 ~ Out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to avoid introducing the coronavirus to vulnerable populations, the City of Farmers Branch is following the other Dallas County jurisdictions and has announced that the Community Recreation Center, Aquatics Center, Historical Park, Manske Library and The Branch Connection senior activity center will close at noon today for a period of at least two weeks.
This morning Farmers Branch Mayor Robert Dye signed a Disaster Declaration in response to this public health emergency.
“As of today, we have had no reports of coronavirus in Farmers Branch, either confirmed or presumptive positive, and we want to make every effort to keep it that way,” said City Manager Charles Cox. “We are continuing to monitor the situation in Dallas County and across the nation in consultation with the Farmers Branch Emergency Management Office, the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services and all applicable state and federal offices.”
In addition, all City programs, events and activities are canceled for the duration of the closure. Previously posted City Council and Planning & Zoning Commission meetings will take place as scheduled. Mr. Cox said additional measures could be taken as conditions warrant.
Information on the coronavirus outbreak, including common sense precautions and links to the latest updates are available on the COVID-19 webpage.
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