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Posted on: May 1, 2020

[ARCHIVED] End of stay-at-home is not the end of the pandemic

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CITY MANAGER’S MEMO ~ Although Texas is showing signs of life as businesses and residents begin to emerge from isolation, it is critical to note that the end of the stay-at-home order is not the end of the coronavirus pandemic. 

   Coronavirus will be with us for some time to come and now, as we begin to get out and about, it is more critical than ever to continue to observe safety protocols, including social distancing, good hygiene and face protection. 

   Most importantly, and I cannot stress this enough, it is still a good idea to stay home and avoid contact with each other. City facilities are engaging in a limited reopening phase. However, we encourage residents to avoid coming in if business can be handled online or by phone. If anyone DOES come in, please know that a facial covering will be required for all City facility guests, as it is for City employees on duty. 

   The concern is that the good habits of the past six weeks will become relaxed as restrictions are lifted. Infection rates in Dallas County will go down only if people continue staying at home and limiting interaction in public to obtain essential services. 

   Stay vigilant. Stay safe. And, if possible, stay home.

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Governor Abbott to end stay-at-home order

FBTX ~ In his announcement on Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he would allow Texas’ stay-at-home order to expire at midnight Thursday night.

   Designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus, the stay-at-home order also limited retail opening to essential businesses and streamlined restaurant service. Beginning Friday, certain establishments can reopen at 25 percent of their capacity. Those include libraries, malls, movie theaters, museums, restaurants and retail stores.

   Still closed but to be evaluated for reopening later in May are barbershops, bowling alleys, gyms, massage parlors, salons and video arcades. Find out more about the Governor’s plan online.

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