Duncanville, Texas – At their May 19th, 2020 regular meeting the Duncanville City Council made the decision to cancel this year’s July 4th event and fireworks display in the interests of public health and safety.

With nearby cities canceling their own Independence Day events, a Duncanville event was a potential attraction to people from outside the City at a time when all efforts are being taken to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

After a discussion about possible solutions that would allow the event to continue, Mayor Barry L. Gordon and the City Council agreed that, while disappointing, it was in the best interests of public health and safety to cancel the event.

“It was a painful decision for us as a council,” said Mayor Gordon of the cancellation. “We understand how enjoyable this community event is. It’s a hallmark event for the city. Regrettably, extraordinary times require extraordinary measures. We regret we can’t have fireworks this year.”

At the time of the meeting, Dallas County had identified the COVID-19 pandemic risk level as high, “Stay Home, Stay Safe.” At the state and federal levels, the government is still recommending the use of cloth face coverings, 6-foot social distancing, and limiting group sizes.

The Mayor closed the discussion saying, “We’ll do something bigger and better next year, hopefully.”

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Dallas County COVID-19 Health Guidance for the Public

Dear North Texas,

Attached is a thoughtful document to guide us as we navigate in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The document was prepared by the Public Health Committee made up of public health, epidemiology, and infectious disease leaders who have prepared their entire adult lives to advise us in this moment. Their goal is to keep us safe through continued containment of COVID19.

Remember, just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should do it. Discouraged actions should not be considered as personal infringements but rather as acts of solidarity with local health professionals, our neighbors, and those with whom we care for most. By adhering to these suggestions, we will compound the progress we’ve made and arrive more quickly – and safely – to gathering with the community we’ve come to know and love.


Clay Lewis Jenkins
Dallas County Judge

Dallas County COVID-19 Health Guidance for the Public

  1. Assume personal responsibility – Public health guidance cannot anticipate every unique situation.
    Residents should take responsibility, stay informed, take actions based on common sense, and follow the guidance offered by health care experts.
  2. Do an honest self-assessment – In addition, all individuals are encouraged to perform an honest selfassessment
    before engaging in activities outside of the home. This assessment should include asking two questions:
    1. Am I healthy enough to leave the home, or do I fall into a high-risk category, based on age or other medical conditions?
    2. Is there someone in my home, or someone I interact with on a regular basis, who falls into a highrisk category?
    3. If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then exercise extra caution and discretion before leaving the home. Is it a want or is it a need?
  3. Perform protective hygiene, Distance yourself physically and clean the environment – Dallas County residents should practice good hygiene and cleaning practices to minimize the risk of transmission of the virus. These include but are not limited to the following:
    1. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or use hand
    2. sanitizer after interactions with people or objects
    3. Stay home if ill
    4. Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or do it into the sleeve or elbow, not hands
    5. Clean high-touch surfaces (buttons, door handles, counters, etc.) regularly
    6. Avoid touching your face
    7. Refrain from hand shaking
    8. Physically distance and keep 6 feet between people
    9. Wear a facial covering when out in public or when in the company of others.
  4. Assess the Risk – Individuals should assess their risk and make decisions based on their specific circumstances. Those at high risk for COVID-19 (elderly, diabetic, etc.) and those around them should use extra precautions as outlined by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS).

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Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order, Implements Statewide Essential Services And Activities Protocols

Governor Greg Abbott today 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. The protocols allow exceptions for essential activities and services based on the Department of Homeland Security’s guidelines on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce. Examples of these essential services include healthcare, grocery stores, banking and financial services, utilities, child care for essential service employees, and government services. 

Today’s Executive Order follows the decision by President Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to enhance social distancing guidelines and extend the deadline for these guidelines to April 30th.

Governor Abbott was joined for the announcement by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Chief Nim Kidd, and Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath.

“Social distancing is our best tool in the fight against COVID-19, and the actions we have taken thus far have proven to be effective in limiting the spread of this virus,” said Governor Abbott. “Now it is time to redouble our efforts to reduce further exposure as much as possible and flatten the curve. As with all the actions the state is taking, the Essential Services and Activities Protocols is informed by the expertise and guidance of the CDC as well as state and local health officials. I urge my fellow Texans to heed these heightened social distancing directives to protect their health and the health of those around them. By following these guidelines, we will limit the spread of COVID-19 and overcome this challenge together.”

The Executive Order renews and expands the Governor’s previous directive to minimize social gatherings and minimize contact with people who are not in the same household. It also renews the Governor’s directive to avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, and visiting gyms or massage establishments, and it expands the order to include tattoo studios, piercing studios, and cosmetology salons. 

In accordance with federal guidelines, people are still prohibited from visiting nursing home, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance. Additionally, schools will remain temporarily closed to in-person classroom attendance through May 4, 2020.

This Executive Order does not prohibit people from accessing essential services or engaging in essential daily activities, such as going to the grocery store or gas station, providing or obtaining other essential services, hunting or fishing, or engaging in physical activity like jogging or bicycling, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and to minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. The order also includes exemption for religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship. All critical infrastructure will remain operational, and government entities and businesses will continue providing essential services.

TDEM will maintain an online list of essential services specified in the Governor’s Executive Order at www.tdem.texas.gov/essentialservices/. Other essential services may be added to this list with the approval of TDEM.

These orders will be effective on a statewide basis starting at 12:01 AM 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.

View the Governor’s Executive Order.

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