Texas Public Safety Order
Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order placing statewide restrictions on a variety of activities in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The order is active statewide from 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020, subject to extension based on the status of COVIB- 19 in Texas.
The City of Richardson is following guidance from the CDC and other agencies as outlined in the City’s Emergency Management Plan. The City has activated emergency plans to maintain staffing levels and provide essential services through thoughtful planning for several impact scenarios. The City has implemented several operational changes to support first responders to safeguard our community from COVID-19 risks and continues to follow guidance from the CDC and other agencies as outlined in the City’s Emergency Management Plan. The plan is developed and coordinated through Richardson’s Office of Emergency Management and includes procedures for responding to the spread of airborne diseases like COVID-19.
Richardson Shelter in Place Order
Recent spikes in infections in the North Texas area has led Richardson to issue “shelter in place” orders as part of the newly adopted disaster declaration. The order is in place in order to compel residents to stay in their homes and limit movement to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. People can leave their house for “essential activities,” which include getting medical supplies, going to the doctor or getting supplies needed to adequately work from home. They can also go out to get groceries. Those whose work is considered “essential” are also permitted to leave the house to continue their work. People can also go out to run, walk or hike as long as they maintain the requirements of social distancing and stay at least six feet away from other individuals.
The newly adopted order includes orders for all “non-essential” businesses to close until April 30, unless superseded, canceled, modified, amended or terminated by the Mayor and/or the City Council, or pursuant to applicable law.
Facility modifications and closures that have been made in response to COVID-19 will continue until further notice following the City Council’s decision to extend the Declaration of Disaster for a Local Health Emergency. The declaration is effective through April 30, 2020 unless superseded, canceled, modified, amended or terminated by the Mayor and/or the City Council.