A new Dallas County order has been issued that mandates businesses require everyone on their premises to wear a mask in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Effective as of 11:59 p.m. on June 19, 2020, (“Effective Date”) and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on August 4, 2020, unless extended, modified, or terminated early by Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins:
a. From the Effective Date of this Order, all commercial entities in Dallas County providing goods or services directly to the public must develop and implement a health and safety policy (“Health and Safety Policy”). The Health and Safety Policy must require, at a minimum, that all employees or visitors to the commercial entity’s business premises or other facilities wear face coverings in an area or while performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public where six feet of separation is not feasible. The Health and Safety Policy required to be developed and implemented by this Order may also include the implementation of other mitigating measures designed to control or reduce the transmission of CO VID-19 such as temperature checks or health screenings. Commercial entities must post the Health and Safety Policy required by this Order in a conspicuous location sufficient to provide notice to employees and visitors of all health and safety requirements. Failure to develop and implement the Health and Safety Policy required by this Order within five (5) calendar days following the Effective Date of this Order may result in a fine not to exceed $500 for each violation.
b. All people 10 years or older shall wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in a public place where it is difficult to keep six feet away from other people or working in areas that involve close proximity with other coworkers. The CDC advises face coverings for people 2 years or older. Face coverings may include homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas, or a handkerchief. Dallas County residents should continue to maintain social distancing of at least six feet while outside their home. Dallas County employees are also required to wear face coverings under the same circumstances as the general public. IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU NOT OBTAIN OR WEAR MEDICAL MASKS OR N-95 RESPIRATORS AS THEY ARE A NEEDED RESOURCE FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS. Our healthcare workers and first responders on the front-line combating COVID-19 must have priority access to medical masks or other personal protective equipment. Face coverings do not need to be worn in the following circumstances:
When exercising outside or engaging in physical activity outside
While driving alone or with passengers who are party of the same household as the driver
When doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety, or security risk
While pumping gas or operating outdoor equipment
While in a building or activity that requires security surveillance or screening, for example, banks
On Monday, May 4, 2020 Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins released a supplemental order regarding the reopening of services and food processing plants. Included in the order is the following:
“Reopened Services must comply Minimum Standard Health Protocols, in The Governor’s Report to Open Texas, issued April 27, 2020. For clarity, to the extent the Governor’s Minimum Standard Health Protocols are recommendations, the Health Protocols are adopted as mandatory rules in Dallas County.”
Retail services that are not “Essential Businesses” under the Dallas County Safer-At-Home Order.
Effective 12:01 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020, Reopened Services shall be provided only through pickup, delivery by mail, or delivery to the customer’s doorstep. Customers may not enter the premises.
General Rules for All Reopened Services:
All employees must be trained on environmental cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette.
All employees must be screened before coming into the business for new or worsening cough; shortness of breath; sore throat; loss of taste or smell; feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit; or known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. Any employee who meets any of these criteria must be sent home.
Employers must provide soap and water, or hand sanitizer if no soap or water is available, in the workplace, including all restrooms and food preparation areas.
Employees must wash their hands for at least twenty (20) seconds before beginning work, after each interaction with a customer, before any food preparation, before and after the use of shared items, after any meal or restroom breaks, and immediately prior to the end of the work shift.
All employees must wear face coverings.
Employees must maintain at least 6 feet separation from one another.
Rules for Reopened Services Providing Services Through Retail-to-Go:
All payments shall be done over the phone or internet if possible, and contact shall be minimized if remote payment is not available.
Purchased items shall be delivered by the employee to the backseat or trunk of the customer’s vehicle whenever possible to minimize physical contact with the customer.
Employees must wash or sanitize their hands after each interaction with a customer, and whenever possible, must disinfect any item that came into contact with the customer.
Rules for Reopened Services Providing Services Through Delivery to a Customer’s Residence or Business:
All payments shall be done over the phone or internet if possible, and contact shall be minimized if remote payment is not available.
Purchased items shall be delivered by an employee or third party carrier and delivered to the customer’s residence or business. The employee or third party carrier may not enter the customer’s house or business.
Rules for Reopened Services Providing Services Through Delivery by Mail:
All payments must be done over the phone or internet.
Purchased items shall be delivered by mail without customer contact.
Enforcement. A violation of this Order is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days. Additionally, any Essential Retailer who fails to strictly comply with these rules can be removed from the essential business list and prohibited from operating in Dallas County.
On April 16, 2020 Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins Amended the Safer at Home order to include requirements for cloth coverings.
To the greatest extent possible all persons over the age of two (2) shall wear some form of covering over their nose and mouth, such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana or handkerchief, when patronizing an essential business or using public transportation, taxis or ride shares. Parents of children under 10 shall be responsible for appropriately masking their children.
FAQ: Cloth Face Coverings
This document provides public health information on how members of the general public can safely use cloth face coverings when they need to leave their home for a short period of time to obtain essential goods or services. Members of the general public should use a clean face covering anytime they will be in contact with other people who are not household members in public or private spaces. It is important to note that face coverings are not a substitute for always practicing physical distancing and frequent handwashing.
What is a cloth face covering?
A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen. A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.
What can I use to cover my face?
Acceptable, reusable face covering options for the general public include:
Homemade face covering
Tightly woven fabric, such as cotton t-shirts and some types of towels
Why wear a face cover?
Recent information has indicated that covering your nose and mouth can slow the spread of COVID-19 because:
Individuals can be contagious before the onset of symptoms. You may be contagious and do not know it. If you have covered your nose and mouth, it can limit the spread of COVID-19.
We touch our face less when our face is covered. Touching your face after touching something contaminated with COVID-19 increases your chances of getting sick with COVID-19.
When should I wear a cloth face covering?
You are asked to wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth when you must be in public to visit an essential business, such as shopping at the grocery store. Wearing a cloth face covering does not eliminate the need to physically distance yourself from others and to wash your hands frequently.
How well do cloth face coverings work to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
There is limited evidence to suggest that the use of cloth face coverings by the public during a pandemic could help reduce disease transmission. Their primary role is to reduce the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes, including someone who has COVID-19 but feels well. Cloth face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing and washing hands and staying home when ill, but they may be helpful when combined with these primary interventions. If you plan to use a face covering it is important to keep your nose and mouth covered. Lowering the covering from your nose and mouth while talking defeats the purpose of wearing the face covering since you can spread virus while you talk.
How should I care for a cloth face covering?
It’s a good idea to wash your cloth face covering frequently, ideally after each use, or at least daily. Have a bag or bin to store cloth face coverings until they can be laundered with detergent and hot water and dried on a hot cycle. If you must re-wear your cloth face covering before washing, wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face. Discard cloth face coverings that:
No longer cover the nose and mouth
Have stretched out or damaged ties or straps
Cannot stay on the face
Have holes or tears in the fabric
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Preguntas frecuentes: Cubiertas faciales de tela
Este documento proporciona información de salud pública sobre cómo los miembros del público en general pueden usar de manera segura cubiertas de tela para la cara cuando necesitan salir de su hogar por un corto período de tiempo para obtener bienes o servicios esenciales. Los miembros del público en general deben usar una cubierta de tela cada vez que estén en contacto con otras personas que no son miembros del hogar en espacios públicos o privados. Es importante tener en cuenta que las cubiertas faciales no son un sustituto para practicar siempre el distanciamiento físico y el lavado frecuente de manos.
¿Qué es una cubierta facial de tela?
Una cubierta facial de tela es un material que cubre la nariz y la boca. Se puede asegurar a la cabeza con lazos o correas o simplemente envolver alrededor de la cara. Puede estar hecho de una variedad de materiales, como algodón, seda o lino. Una cubierta de tela para la cara se puede fabricar o coser a mano o se puede improvisar con artículos del hogar como bufandas, camisetas, sudaderas o toallas.
¿Qué puedo usar para cubrirme la cara?
Las opciones de coberturas faciales aceptables y reutilizables para el público en general incluyen:
Cobertura facial hecha en casa
Tejidos ajustados, como camisetas de algodón y algunos tipos de toallas.
¿Por qué usar una cubierta facial?
Información reciente ha indicado que cubrirse la nariz y la boca puede retrasar la propagación de COVID-19 porque
Las personas pueden ser contagiosas antes del inicio de los síntomas. Puede ser contagioso sin saberlo. Si se cubre la nariz y la boca, puede limitar la propagación de COVID-19.
Tocamos menos nuestra cara cuando está cubierta. Tocarse la cara después de tocar algo contaminado con COVID-19 aumenta sus posibilidades de enfermarse con COVID-19.
¿Cuándo debo usar una cubierta de tela para la cara?
Se le pide que use una cobertura de tela que cubra su nariz y boca cuando debe estar en público para visitar un negocio esencial, como ir de compras en la tienda de comestibles. El uso de una cubierta facial de tela no elimina la necesidad de distanciarse físicamente de los demás y de lavarse las manos con frecuencia.
¿Qué tan bien funcionan las cubiertas de tela para prevenir la propagación de COVID-19?
Hay evidencia limitada que sugiere que el uso de cubiertas de tela por el público durante una pandemia podría ayudar a reducir la transmisión de enfermedades. Su función principal es reducir la liberación de partículas infecciosas en el aire cuando alguien habla, tose o estornuda, incluso alguien que tiene COVID-19 pero que se siente bien. Las cubiertas faciales de tela no son un sustituto del distanciamiento físico y del lavado de manos y de quedarse en casa cuando está enfermo, pero pueden ser útiles cuando se combinan con estas intervenciones primarias. Si planea usar una cubierta facial, es importante mantener la nariz y la boca cubiertas. Bajar la cubierta de la nariz y la boca mientras habla anula el propósito de usar la cubierta de la cara ya que puede transmitir el virus mientras habla.
¿Cómo debo cuidar una cubierta de tela para la cara?
Es una buena idea lavar la cubierta facial con frecuencia, idealmente después de cada uso, o al menos diariamente. Tenga una bolsa o contenedor para guardar las cubiertas de tela de la cara hasta que puedan lavarse con detergente y agua caliente y secarse en un ciclo caliente. Si debe volver a usar su cubierta para cubrirse la cara antes de lavarse, lávese las manos inmediatamente después de volver a ponerse y evite tocarse la cara. Deseche las cubiertas de tela que:
Adds Rules for Financial Institutions and Realtors
Establishes rules for financial institutions and realtors to follow when conducting business in Dallas County, including safety standards.
Adds Rules for Common Carriers, Delivery Services, and Related Companies
Establishes safety rules for common carriers, motor carriers, private carriers, shippers, delivery services, moving companies and contract carriers that load or unload cargo, supplies, equipment or goods at any point located in Dallas County.
Summary: The virus that causes 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is easily transmitted through person to person contact, especially in group settings, and it is essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to protect the ability of public and private health care providers to handle the influx of new patients and safeguard public health and safety. Because of the risk of the rapid spread of the virus, and the need to protect the most vulnerable members of the community, this Order requires all individuals anywhere in Dallas County to shelter in place – that is, stay at home – except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing. This Order takes effect at 11:10 a.m. on April 3, 2020 and will continue through 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020, subject to the limited exceptions and under the terms and conditions more particularly set forth below.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued an amended order effective at 11:59 PM on March 31, 2020 that further refined language for laboratory reporting, property loss or damage, and added safety rules for essential retailers.
The amended order includes the following:
Added Laboratory Reporting Language
All public, private, and commercial laboratories operating within Dallas County and performing CVID-19 testing shall report by 5:00 p.m. each day for the prior 24-hour period:
The number of COVID-19 tests performed; and
The number of positive COVID-19 tests.
Added Safety Rules for Essential Retailers
All essential retail establishments, including grocery stores, gas stations, and pet supplies stores must follow the safety rules set out in Exhibit A
Added language clarifying that COVID-19 causes property loss or damage.
This clarification helps trigger business interruption insurance.