Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated April 6, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.

Effective as of 12:01 a.m. on April 2, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020, all public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited. In compliance with the state and local orders, the Office of Special Events will not be issuing any permits during this period.

Executive Order from the Office of the Texas Governor – March 31, 2020

Governor Abbott issued Executive Orders, that implement statewide Essential Services And Activities Protocols. These orders will be effective on a statewide basis starting at 12:01 a.m. on April 2, 2020 and will end on April 30, 2020, subject to extension thereafter based on the status of COVID-19 in Texas and the recommendations of the CDC.  The protocols direct all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. The Governor’s Executive Order renews and amends his previous order.

Dallas County Continuance of Declaration of Local Disaster – April 3, 2020

This Continuance of Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency affirms the activation of the Dallas County Emergency Management Plan and extends the Declaration of Local Disaster until 11:49 p.m. on May 20, 2020 unless rescinded by order of the Commissioners Court.

Dallas County Amends Safer at Home Order – April 3, 2020

Dallas County amends the Safer at Home Order, ordering residents of Dallas County to shelter in their place of residence,  to extend until 11:59 on April 30, 2020.

Third Amended Emergency Regulations of the City of Dallas – March 30, 2020

The state of local disaster was extended to April 29, 2020, and the amended county orders were adopted.

In response to the extension of the declaration of a Local State of Disaster and to reduce the spread of COVID-19, public access is closed indefinitely to all City of Dallas libraries, neighborhood cultural centers, recreation centers, athletic fields, golf courses, tennis centers and playgrounds. Additionally, public access will remain closed to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, with exception of the Foremost Family Health Center building, and to the West Dallas Multipurpose Center.

For additional information, visit the city’s website.

Updated April 2, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

The Office of Special Events will not be issuing any new permits during this period.

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order

These orders will be effective on a statewide basis starting at 12:01 a.m. on April 2, 2020 and will end on April 30, 2020, subject to extension thereafter based on the status of COVID-19 in Texas and the recommendations of the CDC.

Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order implementing Essential Services and Activities Protocols for the entire state of Texas. The protocols direct all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. The Governor’s Executive Order renews and amends his previous order enforcing federal social distancing guidelines for COVID-19, including closing schools and instructing Texans to avoid eating or drinking at bars and restaurants. 

Neighborhood Markets and stores that sell groceries and other essential supplies are considered Essential Businesses. Grocery stores, supermarkets, warehouse stores, big-box stores, bodegas, liquor stores, convenience stores, and farmers’ markets that sell food products and household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other nongrocery products. The sale of self-service food items is prohibited. To the greatest extent possible, essential retail establishments shall follow the guidelines below:

  • Designate shopping times for at risk populations (seniors, pregnant people, and people with underlying health conditions)
  • Limit the amount of people in a store at once so that social distancing is possible;
  • Implement an organized line system where people are spaced at least a few feet apart (ideally 6 feet);
  • Implement purchase limits on high-demand items (toilet paper, soap, hand sanitizer);
  • Offer pick up or deliveries of grocery items.

Updated March 23 at 10:30 a.m.

Dallas County Orders “Stay Home Stay Safe”

The Office of Special Events will not be issuing any new permits during this period.

The amended orders, which will be effective at 11:59 p.m. on March 23 through April 3, or until they are either rescinded, superseded, or amended pursuant to applicable law, include:

  • All individuals currently living within Dallas County are ordered to shelter at their place of residence.  To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably as possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence. All persons may leave their residences only for Essential Activities, or to provide or perform Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses.
  • All businesses operating within Dallas County, except Essential Businesses as defined in below in Section 2, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the County. 
  • All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited, except as otherwise provided herein. Nothing in this Order prohibits the gathering of members of a household or living unit.

Updated March 16 at 7 p.m.

City Implements Amended Regulations

Mayor Eric Johnson and City Manager T.C. Broadnax have issued amended regulations to slow the spread of novel (new) coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, in the city of Dallas.

The amended regulations, which will be effective at 11:59 p.m. on March 16, 2020, include:

  • Restrict community gatherings to no more than 50 people
  • A prohibition on dine-in services for restaurants
  • The closure of bars, lounges, taverns, private clubs, gyms, health studios, theaters and commercial amusement facilities

The regulations were created in accordance with Mayor Johnson’s disaster declaration, which was authorized by the Texas Local Government Code, Section 418, and Section 14B of the Dallas City Code. The rules, which have the effect of ordinances during the duration of the declaration, are meant to protect life and property and preserve critical resources while a state of disaster is in effect.

 Updated March 12, 2020 at 10:45 p.m.

Dallas County Declares Local Disaster For Public Health Emergency

Dallas County has announced a Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health.

Starting at 11 a.m. on Friday and continuing until March 20, public gatherings — whether inside or outdoors — of more than 500 people are prohibited anywhere in the county. The county strongly recommends that gatherings larger than 250 cancel or reschedule.

To view the Declaration of Local Disaster For Public Health Emergency, please click here.

Updated Wednesday, March 11 at 3 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Block Party

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) and the City of Dallas have conducted a thorough review of the Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade and block party scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020. As a result of that review the City of Dallas Convention and Event Services is canceling the special event permits for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Lower Greenville Avenue Block Party at this time.

“Canceling the St. Patrick’s Day parade and Lower Greenville Block party was not an easy decision, but it is the correct and responsible decision,” said Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson. “While our region still has only a few ‘presumptive positive’ COVID-19 cases that appear to be related to travel, we are actively making contingency plans for the spread of this illness. Before we made the final decision, I gathered input from our healthcare leaders and our public health partners, discussed the ramifications for our police and firefighters at the parade; met with Governor Abbott; and reviewed how COVID-19 has spread in other parts of the country and the world.”

“An event of this scale, without adequate public health protections, cannot be allowed to occur at this time. Our primary concern is the health, safety, and welfare of our residents, and we will continue to take action accordingly,” Mayor Johnson added.

Updated Tuesday, March 10 at 9 a.m.

Update on Special Events

At this time, City-permitted special events will proceed as scheduled. We are actively monitoring updates and receiving guidance from the CDC and Dallas County Health and Human Services. We will continue to evaluate the situation as new information is received. 

Any guest attendee, or event staff member who is feeling ill, regardless of their symptoms, should always refrain from attending public events. The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus. 

We ask all special event attendees, volunteers,  and staff members to take the same steps to protect against COVID-19 as are taken to prevent the spread of everyday illness. The CDC recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For more information regarding general COVID-19 symptoms/prevention etc. visit dallascityhall.com/coronavirus and the links provided within that page.

Thank you for your continued support.

Posted on Friday, March 6 p.m. 10 p.m

A Message from the OSE

The City of Dallas is closely monitoring the national outbreak of the novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19. The City is working with our public health partners at Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS), The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the city has best practices in place for the general public.

For event organizers here are a few recommendations to prevent the spread of germs, specifically COVID-19:

  • Ensure ample hand washing and/or hand sanitizer stations are easily accessible throughout the event particularly at entrances, food areas, bathrooms and exits for patrons and event staff to use 
  • Consider posting simple educational signage on respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene
  • Sending employees, volunteers and participants who show signs of illness home
  • Routinely disinfecting surfaces such as counter tops, frequently touched surfaces, and service points

We encourage you to follow the advice and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) websites.

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COVID -19 Permit Requirements for Permit Issuance

COVID -19 Permit Requirements Prior to Permit Issuance

Please see below for the additional requirements for event permits that must be met prior to permit issuance. Items in bold must be verified compliant by the OSE.

  • Each event organizer is responsible for submitting their COVID-19 mitigation plan to the OSE. Plans will be reviewed for CDC compliance.
  • Comply with current CDC recommendations for Mass Gatherings – review the website regularly to stay informed on the latest information Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019.
  • Ensure every port-o-let includes hand sanitizer.  Provide OSE with a copy of the vendor invoice
  • Consider adding one hand washing station for every bank of five to ten toilets in addition to the hand sanitizer.
  • Provide a minimum of one hand washing station for every zone where food will be prepared, served or distributed. Indoor facilities that are readily available will suffice. Provide OSE with a copy of the vendor invoice
  • Provide COVID-19 prevention supplies at your events. Plan to have extra supplies on hand for event staff and participants, including sinks with soap, hand sanitizers, tissues, and disposable facemasks (for persons who start having symptoms).
  • Post CDC recommended messages at the event in highly visible locations that include but are not limited to:
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
  • Work with your lead DPD officer and on-site EMS team to identify a space that can be used to isolate staff or participants who become ill at the event.
  • Provide all event staff, volunteers, and vendors with current CDC guidelines including information about your event’s emergency response plan. Provide OSE with a copy of key messaging distributed to event staff, volunteers, and vendors.
  • Post CDC recommended communication to your website and all distributed event materials. Information you share should be easily understood by everyone attending the events. Learn more about reaching people of diverse languages and cultures by visiting: Know Your Audience. You also can learn more about communicating to staff in a crisis at: Crisis Communications Plan. Provide OSE with a copy of key messaging distributed to the public from your website, social media etc.
  • Meet with the emergency operations coordinator or planning team at your venue. Discuss the emergency operations plan and determine how they may impact aspects of your event, such as personnel, security, services and activities, and resources.
CDC Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready

This interim guidance is intended for organizers and staff responsible for planning mass gatherings or large community events in the United States.

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