March 25, 2020 Update
Dallas County has issued an amended order that went into effective at 9pm on Tuesday, March 24 that clarifies some langage related to essential businesses, but also adds enforcement language that will allow the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, the Dallas County Fire Marshal’s Office, and other peace officers to enforce the order.
Here is a summary of the changes:
Added an enforcement provision: The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, the Dallas County Fire Marshal’s Office, and other peace officers are authorized to enforce Dallas County's order. A violation of the order may be punishable through criminal or civil enforcement and is considered a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days.
Clarified that the following businesses are essential and exempt from the order:
Payroll, accounting, and insurance companies
Firearm and ammunition suppliers and retailers for purposes of safety and security
Real estate and inspection services, but only for the purpose of title work and closing; open houses and showings are prohibited
Clarified the process for applying for an exemption: Any manufacturer who retools their business for the purpose of manufacturing and producing ventilators, masks, personal protective equipment, or any supply necessary for Essential Healthcare Operations may apply for an “essential business” exemption under this Order. Submit requests for an exemption to BusinessCOVID19@dallascounty.org
Mayor Chow has signed a Town order incorporating the County’s changes that took effect at 9pm on Tuesday, March 24 and will continue until terminated by law or further action by the Mayor or City Council.
March 24, 2020 Update
Dallas County has reported that there are 2 cases of COVID-19 in Addison. Dallas County does not share where these residents live, but this reinforces the need for our community to follow the shelter in place order. You can find out more details local coronavirus cases on the Dallas County Health and Human Services website at : https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php.
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Please continue to practice social distancing and follow CDC prevention guidelines
The Town of Addison is taking action to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We would like to encourage everyone to join us. To see more on how to prevent the spread:
Addison Closes Service Center to the Public
In a continuing effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, all Town of Addison facilities, including the Service Center, will close to in-person services at 5pm on Friday, March 20.
For now, offices will remain staffed, but closed to public traffic until at least Monday, April 6. This date could be extended, depending on developments in the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, all building permits, zoning requests, health permits/licenses, and civil review applications must be made digitally until further notice.