On March 30, 2020, Mayor Barry Gordon signed an amended public health order that mirrors the order Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued, which went into effect at 9:00 pm on March 29, 2020. 

The amended order includes the following changes:

  1. Prohibits self-serve food and beverage dispensers
  2. Prohibits customers from standing inside a restaurant to wait on their order
  3. Prohibits gas and convenience stores from selling self-service food and beverage items
  4. Issued new orders pertaining to the Construction Industry and Long-Term Health Facilities
  5. Added “Minimum Basic Operations” Language
    • Allows non-essential businesses to do the following:
      • The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions.
      • The minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences.
  6. Added “Essential Travel” Language
    • Includes travel for any of the following purposes:
      • Travel related to the provision of or access to Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, Essential Businesses Essential Critical Infrastructure, and Minimum Basic Operation;
      • Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons;
      • Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services;
      • Travel to return to a place of residence from outside the jurisdiction;
      • Travel required by law enforcement or court order;
      • Travel by church staff or clergy for the purpose of production of remote delivery of religious services and other ministries requiring travel;
      • Travel related to attending a funeral service; or
      • Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the County.
  7. Added Safety Provisions for Contractors
    • The Order classified construction for public works, residential, commercial, and schools as critical infrastructure. Elective additions and maintenance are prohibited.
    • All employers involved in construction activity must follow the requirements set forth in the COVID-19 Safety Recommendations issued by the Construction Industry Safety Coalition.
  8. Added Prohibition on Price Gouging
    • No person shall sell any of the following goods or services for more than the regular retail price the person charged for the goods or services on March 16, 2020:
      • groceries, beverages, toilet articles, and ice;
      • restaurant, cafeteria, and boarding-house meals; and
      • medicine, pharmaceutical and medical equipment, and supplies.

View the amended March 30, 2020 Duncanville Order.

March 29, 2020 Amended Order of County Judge Clay Jenkins