COVID-19 Business Retention Assistance Program


Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation Establishes Temporary COVID-19 Business Retention Assistance Program

Duncanville, Texas – The Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) has established a Temporary COVID-19 Business Retention Assistance Program for small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. The DCEDC has agreed to fund $250,000 for the program to assist Duncanville businesses.  

The program is offering grants from $1,000 to $10,000 to aid small businesses with fewer than 20 employees enduring economic hardships due to COVID-19. The grants are provided on a reimbursement basis and can be used for normal operating expenses and payroll. Businesses must have been operating in Duncanville by November 14, 2019, in order to apply for assistance.

“Small businesses are the heart of our community, and the Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation is pleased to offer this program to help our small businesses recover from the negative effects caused by the pandemic,” said DCEDC President Steve Dial. “The DCEDC’s goal is to help provide small businesses with assistance in addition to the grants offered by the federal government and other organizations to help bridge the revenue gap created while many of them were forced to close.”

“It’s an honor and privilege to announce the establishment of a recovery initiative for our Duncanville small businesses,” said Duncanville Mayor Barry L. Gordon. “The Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation board of directors created a means to provide financial assistance to help weather the economic impact of COVID-19. What’s especially important about this program is that the monies available come directly from the city. This means the application process is managed locally. I commend the DCEDC board of directors for their creativity and concern for our small businesses.”

Applications will be accepted from May 12, 2020 – June 1, 2020.  Businesses can fill out an application online or print one off and submit it to the Economic Development Department at the Duncanville City Hall located at 203 E. Wheatland Rd., Duncanville, Texas 75116. The DCEDC Board will review the applications and award grants based on the economic impact to the community.

For more information and to apply for the Temporary COVID-19 Business Retention Assistance Program, visit or call 972.780.5090.

Amended Order of Mayor Barry L. Gordon and Rules for Reopened Services

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On Thursday, April 23, 2020 City of Duncanville Mayor Barry L. Gordon amended the Safer at Home Order, which will now parallel the county’s. Under this updated order retail business, previously falling outside of the definition of an Essential Business are permitted to reopen while following requirements for the health and safety of employees and customers.

If you are a service that is reopening you can read the order here and the Rules for Reopened Services below.

Rules for Reopened Services

Definition of “Reopened Services”:

  • 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:

  1. All employees must be trained on environmental cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. All employees must wear face coverings.
  6. Employees must maintain at least 6 feet separation from one another.

Rules for Reopened Services Providing Services Through Retail-to-Go:

  1. All payments shall be done over the phone or internet if possible, and contact shall be minimized if remote payment is not available.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. All payments shall be done over the phone or internet if possible, and contact shall be minimized if remote payment is not available.
  2. 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:

  1. All payments must be done over the phone or internet.
  2. 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.

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April 20 Amended Order of Mayor Barry L. Gordon

On April 20, 2020 Duncanville Mayor Barry L. Gordon amended the city’s Safer at Home Order. This most recent amendment makes it so the local order is consistent with the current Dallas County order. The amendment includes the following:

  • Stores that sell fabric and supplies necessary for the creation of fabric cloth coverings are now considered and essential business and should comply with the Rules for Essential Retail Establishments.

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Amended Order of Mayor Barry L. Gordon – Safer at Home

On April 16, 2020 City of Duncanville Mayor Barry L. Gordon amended the Safer at Home Order to include cloth coverings of mouth and nose.

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
  • Bandana
  • Scarf
  • 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
  • Pañuelo
  • Bufanda
  • 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:

  • Ya no cubren la nariz y la boca
  • Han estirado o dañado los lazos o correas
  • No puede mantenerse en la cara
  • Tiene agujeros o rasgaduras en la tela

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Duncanville and Dallas County Amended Safer At Home Orders

April 8, 2020 Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins amended the Safer at Home order. Those amendments were added to the Duncanville order by Mayor Barry L. Gordon on April 9, 2020.

These latest amendments include restrictions on short-term rentals and door-to-door solicitations.

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City Council Extends Safer at Home Order to May 6, 2020

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At the Regular Session City Council meeting held April 7, 2020, the City Council reviewed the local disaster declaration and public health order and voted unanimously to approve a resolution extending the order until May 6, 2020.

This post has been edited, removing “The order mirrors Dallas County’s April 30” as the Duncanville Order is set to continue to May 6, the day after the next Duncanville City Council Meeting.

People are encouraged shelter in place, leaving their homes for only essential work or activities. Social distancing, which is to maintain at least 6 feet between persons, continues to be the best practice when outside the home to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Amended Order of Duncanville Mayor Barry L. Gordon

Order 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 the city of Duncanville 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 9:00 p.m. on the date hereof and will continue through 11:59 p.m. on May 6th, 2020, subject to the limited exceptions and under the terms and conditions more particularly set forth below.

  • Shelter in Place Amended Order effective April 2, 2020 at 9:00 PM
  • The order is effective through May 6, 2020 at 11:59 PM
  • Exceptions for essential activities
  • Exceptions for essential work to provide:
    • Essential business
    • Essential government
    • Essential public infrastructure construction, including housing
    • Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, Duncanville Police Department and other licensed peace officers, are hereby authorized to enforce this order.

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