MAYOR BARRY L. GORDON SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER ADDING FURTHER WATER USAGE RESTRICTIONS TO CAR WASHES AND MANUFACTURING

Duncanville, TX (February 19, 2021) – Duncanville, in accordance with the City’s Water Conservation Plan, implemented a STAGE 3 – Water Warning on Thursday, February 18, 2021.  The trigger for a STAGE 3 – Water Warning is a combination of ground and elevated storage capacity within the city being below 50% at the beginning of a 24-hour period. 

The drawdown of water has been caused by water line breaks due to freezing weather and challenges within the water distribution system due to power outages. As of the afternoon of Friday, February 19, 2021 storage levels fell below 40% leading to an executive order being issued by Duncanville’s Mayor.

On Friday, February 19, 2021, Duncanville Mayor Barry L. Gordon signed an executive order directing industrial and manufacturing activity for high to cease and desist operations.

Per the Water Drought Contingency Plan, the order also directs that all retail and commercial customers disable irrigation systems, hotel operations reduce laundry of towels and linens and residents continue to limit water usage per the STAGE 3 – Water Warning in the following ways:

  1. Reduce toilet flushing
  2. Reduce shower use
  3. Reduce dishwasher use (maximize capacity when operating)
  4. Reduce/postpone washing clothes

As temperatures are expected to drop overnight, residents may continue to allow faucets to drip in an effort to prevent pipe freezing and bursting.

Both business’ and residents’ participation in this conservation effort will help to prevent the potential for a water boil notice by helping the city’s water supply return to the levels necessary to safely serve the community.


ORDER OF MAYOR BARRY L. GORDON DATE ORDER ISSUED:
February 19, 2021

Summary: The City of Duncanville, Dallas county and the North Texas region has experienced an unprecedent winter weather events. The accumulation of snow and extreme low temperatures has significantly impacted the municipal water system with household business and city water line ruptures. The result circumstance has led to meaningful reduction of water capacity and the ability to deliver potable water to citizens. Moreover, combined ground and elevated storage is below forty percent (40%) of usage capacity.

UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 418.108, DUNCANVILLE MAYOR BARRY L. GORDON ORDERS:

  1. Effective as of 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19th, 2021, and continuing until 6:59 p.m. on February 26th, 2021, the following mandatory actions are hereby directed to immediately cease and desist operations of (a) any industrial and/or manufacturing activity for high consumption industrial users based on average use as determined by 2020 daily average in excess of two thousand gallons of water per day which include but not limited to, CabinetWorks, Pioneer Foods, Tortilla Factory, Apple Corrugated, (b) all commercial car wash facilities shall cease operation.
  2. That the Water Drought Contingency Plan shall continue to be given effective except where in conflict with this order.
  3. I am directing that all residential retail and commercial customers completely disable and shut off irrigation systems.
  4. I am requesting all hotel operations to reduce work usage and encourage reuse of towels and linens from multi-night occupants.
  5. Lastly, I am requesting to reduce
    1. sanitation flushing
    2. reduce shower and bathing
    3. reduce dishwasher use
    4. reduce / postpone laundry of clothing
  6. Any customer violating Section 1 (a) or (b) of this Order may have its water meter disabled or removed and/or may be assessed a criminal penalty as a Class C misdemeanor in an amount of five hundred dollars as a maximum fine. Each and every violation of each day shall be a separate violation.
  7. The City shall waive or reduce permit fees for plumbing repairs (commercial and residential), water heater and related fire suppression fees for a period not to exceed thirty (30) calendar days.
  8. Any conflict between this Order or with any ordinance of the City of Duncanville, the most restrictive provisions shall apply.
  9. This Order shall be effective until 6:59 p.m. on February 26, 2021, or until it is either rescinded, superseded, or amended pursuant to applicable law.
  10. The City of Duncanville must promptly provide copies of this Order by posting on the City of Duncanville website. In addition, the owner, manager, or operator of any facility that is likely to be impacted by this Order is strongly encouraged to post a copy of this Order onsite and to provide a copy to any member of the public asking for a copy. If any subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this Order or any application of it to any person, structure, gathering, or circumstance is held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a decision of a court of competent jurisdiction, then such decision will not affect the validity of the remaining portions or applications of this Order.

IT IS SO ORDERED

BARRY L. GORDON MAYOR – DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS

DECLARACIÓN DE DESASTRE LOCAL Y ESTADO DE EMERGENCIA

CONSIDERANDO QUE, que el 14 de febrero de 2021 ocurrió un evento climático severo que resultó en la acumulación de nevadas significativas y temperaturas de congelación prolongadas y extremas; y

CONSIDERANDO QUE, se deben tomar medidas razonables para hacer frente a este desastre para prevenir efectos en toda la ciudad de Duncanville y el condado de Dallas; y

CONSIDERANDO QUE, el Gobernador ha declarado una emergencia en todo el estado al proclamar tales condiciones.

AHORA, POR LO TANTO, YO, BARRY L. GORDON, ALCALDE DE LA CIUDAD DE DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS, PROCLAMO POR LA PRESENTE a las 7:00 p.m., el día 19 de febrero de 2021, un estado local de desastre; y:

  1. Que por la presente se declara un estado local de desastre por emergencia de salud y seguridad pública para la ciudad de Duncanville, Texas, de conformidad con la sección 418.108 (a) del Código de Gobierno de Texas.
  2. De conformidad con la sección 418.108 (b) del Código de Gobierno, el estado de desastre por emergencia de salud y seguridad pública continuará hasta el 26 de febrero de 2021 a menos que el Ayuntamiento de Duncanville, Texas lo continúe o lo renueve.
  3. De conformidad con la sección 418.108 (c) del Código de Gobierno, esta declaración de un estado local de desastre para una emergencia de salud y seguridad pública se dará a conocer rápidamente y en general y se archivará inmediatamente con la Secretaria de la Ciudad.
  4. De conformidad con la sección 418.108 (d) del Código de Gobierno, esta declaración de un estado local de desastre activa el plan de manejo de emergencias de la Ciudad de Duncanville.
  5. La orden está sujeta a la Proclamación del Gobernador de conformidad con la Sección 418.016 del Código de Gobierno de Texas, cualquier estatuto regulatorio que prescriba los procedimientos para la realización de negocios estatales o cualquier orden o regla de una agencia estatal que de alguna manera prevenga, obstaculice o retrase la acción necesaria para hacer frente a este desastre se suspenderá con la aprobación por escrito de la Oficina del Gobernador. Sin embargo, en la medida en que la aplicación de cualquier estatuto estatal o regla administrativa con respecto a la contratación o adquisición impidiera la respuesta de emergencia de cualquier agencia estatal que sea necesaria para proteger la vida o la propiedad amenazada por este desastre declarado. Por la presente autorizo la suspensión de tales estatutos y reglas por la duración de este desastre declarado.
  6. Además, ordeno al Administrador Interino de la Ciudad, o su designado, que emprenda cualquier acción razonable y que lleve a cabo las medidas de mitigación de desastres necesarias para proteger la salud, seguridad y bienestar general de los ciudadanos de Duncanville bajo el Plan de Manejo de Emergencias según sea necesario.
  7. Que esta proclamación tomara efecto inmediatamente desde y después de su emisión.

DECLARADO el 19 de febrero de 2021

Robert E. Hager

Abogado de la Ciudad

BARRY L. GORDON

Alcade, Ciudad de Duncanville

Kristin Downs

Secretaria de la Ciudad


Declaration of Local Disaster and State Emergency

WHEREAS, on February 14, 2021 a severe weather event occurred resulting in the accumulation of significant snowfall and extreme prolonged freezing temperatures; and

WHEREAS, reasonable measures must be taken to cope with this disaster to prevent effects throughout the City of Duncanville and Dallas County; and

WHEREAS, the Governor has declared a statewide emergency by proclamation for such conditions.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARRY L. GORDON, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM at 7:00 p.m., on the 19 th day of February 2021, a local state of disaster; and:

  1. That a local state of disaster for public health and safety emergency is hereby declared for the City of Duncanville, Texas, pursuant to section 418.108(a) of the Texas Government Code.
  2. Pursuant to section 418.108(b) of the Government Code, the state of disaster for public health and safety emergency shall continue through February 26, 2021 unless continued or renewed by the City Council of Duncanville, Texas.
  3. Pursuant to section 418.108(c) of the Government Code, this declaration of a local state of disaster for public health and safety emergency shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the City Secretary.
  4. Pursuant to section 418.108(d) of the Government Code, this declaration of a local state of disaster activates the City of Duncanville emergency management plan.
  5. The order is subject to the Proclamation of the Governor pursuant to Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of state business or any order or rule of a state agency that would in any way prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster shall be suspended upon written approval of the Office of the Governor. However, to the extent that the enforcement of any state statute or administrative rule regarding contracting or procurement would impede any state agency’s emergency response that is necessary to protect life or property threatened by this declared disaster. I hereby authorize the suspension of such statutes and rules for the duration of this declared disaster.
  6. I further direct the Interim City Manager, or his designee, to undertake whatever reasonable action and to conduct whatever disaster mitigation measures necessary to protect the general health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Duncanville under the Emergency Management Plan as necessary.
  7. That this proclamation shall take effect immediately from and after its issuance.

DECLARED this 19 th day of February 2021.

ORDEN DEL ALCALDE BARRY L. GORDON

FECHA DE ORDEN EMITIDA: 19 de febrero 2021

Resumen: la ciudad de Duncanville, el condado de Dallas y la región norte de Texas han experimentado un clima invernal sin precedentes. La acumulación de nieve y temperaturas extremadamente bajas ha impactado significativamente el sistema de agua municipal con rupturas en las líneas de agua de los hogares, los negocios y la ciudad. La circunstancia resultante ha llevado a una reducción significativa de la capacidad de agua y la capacidad de suministrar agua potable a los ciudadanos. Además, el almacenamiento combinado en suelo y elevado está por debajo del cuarenta por ciento (40%) de la capacidad de uso.

BAJO LA SECCIÓN 418.108 DEL CÓDIGO DE GOBIERNO DE LA AUTORIDAD DE TEXAS, EL ALCALDE DE DUNCANVILLE BARRY L. GORDON ORDENA:

  1. Efectivo a partir de las 7:00 p.m. el viernes 19 de febrero de 2021 y hasta las 6:59 p.m. el 26 de febrero de 2021, se ordenan las siguientes acciones obligatorias para cesar y desistir inmediatamente de las operaciones de (a) cualquier actividad industrial y / o manufacturera para usuarios industriales de alto consumo con base en el uso promedio según lo determinado por el promedio diario de 2020 en exceso de dos mil galones de agua por día, que incluyen pero no se limitan a, CabinetWorks, Pioneer Foods, Tortilla Factory, Apple corrugado, (b) todas las instalaciones de lavado de coches comerciales deberán cesar la operación.
  2. Que el Plan de Contingencia de Sequía de Agua continuará siendo efectivo excepto cuando esté en conflicto con esta orden.
  3. Estoy indicando que todos los clientes residenciales, minoristas y comerciales desactiven y apaguen completamente los sistemas de riego.
  4. Estoy solicitando a todas las operaciones del hotel que reduzcan el uso del trabajo y animen la reutilización de toallas y ropa de cama de los ocupantes de varias noches.
  5. Por último, solicito reducir
  6. lavado de saneamiento
  7. reducir la ducha y el baño
  8. reducir el uso del lavavajillas
  9. reducir / posponer el lavado de ropa
  10. Cualquier cliente que viole la Sección 1 (a) o (b) de esta Orden se le puede inhabilitar o remover el medidor de agua y / o se le puede imponer una sanción penal como un delito menor de Clase C por una cantidad de quinientos dólares como multa máxima. Todas y cada una de las violaciones de cada día serán una violación separada.
  11. La Ciudad eximirá o reducirá las tarifas de permisos para reparaciones de plomería (comerciales y residenciales), calentadores de agua y extinción de incendios por un período que no exceda los treinta (30) días calendario.
  12. Cualquier conflicto entre esta Orden o con cualquier ordenanza de la Ciudad de Duncanville, se aplicarán las disposiciones más restrictivas.
  13. 9. Esta Orden será efectiva hasta las 6:59 p.m. del 26 de febrero de 2021, o hasta que sea rescindida, reemplazada o enmendada de conformidad con la ley aplicable.
  14. La Ciudad de Duncanville debe proporcionar rápidamente copias de esta Orden mediante la publicación en el sitio web de la Ciudad de Duncanville. Además, se recomienda encarecidamente al propietario, gerente u operador de cualquier instalación que pueda verse afectada por esta Orden que publique una copia de esta Orden en el sitio y que proporcione una copia a cualquier miembro del público que solicite una copia. Si cualquier subsección, oración, cláusula, frase o palabra de esta Orden o cualquier aplicación de la misma a cualquier persona, estructura, reunión o circunstancia se considera inválida o inconstitucional por una decisión de un tribunal de jurisdicción competente, entonces dicha decisión no afectará la validez de las restantes partes o aplicaciones de esta Orden.

ES ASI ORDENADO

BARRY L. GORDON

ALCALDE – DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS


ORDEN DEL ALCALDE BARRY L. GORDON

FECHA DE ORDEN EMITIDA: 19 de febrero 2021

Resumen: la ciudad de Duncanville, el condado de Dallas y la región norte de Texas han experimentado un clima invernal sin precedentes. La acumulación de nieve y temperaturas extremadamente bajas ha impactado significativamente el sistema de agua municipal con rupturas en las líneas de agua de los hogares, los negocios y la ciudad. La circunstancia resultante ha llevado a una reducción significativa de la capacidad de agua y la capacidad de suministrar agua potable a los ciudadanos. Además, el almacenamiento combinado en suelo y elevado está por debajo del cuarenta por ciento (40%) de la capacidad de uso.

BAJO LA SECCIÓN 418.108 DEL CÓDIGO DE GOBIERNO DE LA AUTORIDAD DE TEXAS, EL ALCALDE DE DUNCANVILLE BARRY L. GORDON ORDENA:

  1. Efectivo a partir de las 7:00 p.m. el viernes 19 de febrero de 2021 y hasta las 6:59 p.m. el 26 de febrero de 2021, se ordenan las siguientes acciones obligatorias para cesar y desistir inmediatamente de las operaciones de (a) cualquier actividad industrial y / o manufacturera para usuarios industriales de alto consumo con base en el uso promedio según lo determinado por el promedio diario de 2020 en exceso de dos mil galones de agua por día, que incluyen pero no se limitan a, CabinetWorks, Pioneer Foods, Tortilla Factory, Apple corrugado, (b) todas las instalaciones de lavado de coches comerciales deberán cesar la operación.
  2. Que el Plan de Contingencia de Sequía de Agua continuará siendo efectivo excepto cuando esté en conflicto con esta orden.
  3. Estoy indicando que todos los clientes residenciales, minoristas y comerciales desactiven y apaguen completamente los sistemas de riego.
  4. Estoy solicitando a todas las operaciones del hotel que reduzcan el uso del trabajo y animen la reutilización de toallas y ropa de cama de los ocupantes de varias noches.
  5. Por último, solicito reducir
  6. lavado de saneamiento
  7. reducir la ducha y el baño
  8. reducir el uso del lavavajillas
  9. reducir / posponer el lavado de ropa
  10. Cualquier cliente que viole la Sección 1 (a) o (b) de esta Orden se le puede inhabilitar o remover el medidor de agua y / o se le puede imponer una sanción penal como un delito menor de Clase C por una cantidad de quinientos dólares como multa máxima. Todas y cada una de las violaciones de cada día serán una violación separada.
  11. La Ciudad eximirá o reducirá las tarifas de permisos para reparaciones de plomería (comerciales y residenciales), calentadores de agua y extinción de incendios por un período que no exceda los treinta (30) días calendario.
  12. Cualquier conflicto entre esta Orden o con cualquier ordenanza de la Ciudad de Duncanville, se aplicarán las disposiciones más restrictivas.
  13. 9. Esta Orden será efectiva hasta las 6:59 p.m. del 26 de febrero de 2021, o hasta que sea rescindida, reemplazada o enmendada de conformidad con la ley aplicable.
  14. La Ciudad de Duncanville debe proporcionar rápidamente copias de esta Orden mediante la publicación en el sitio web de la Ciudad de Duncanville. Además, se recomienda encarecidamente al propietario, gerente u operador de cualquier instalación que pueda verse afectada por esta Orden que publique una copia de esta Orden en el sitio y que proporcione una copia a cualquier miembro del público que solicite una copia. Si cualquier subsección, oración, cláusula, frase o palabra de esta Orden o cualquier aplicación de la misma a cualquier persona, estructura, reunión o circunstancia se considera inválida o inconstitucional por una decisión de un tribunal de jurisdicción competente, entonces dicha decisión no afectará la validez de las restantes partes o aplicaciones de esta Orden.

ES ASI ORDENADO

BARRY L. GORDON

ALCALDE – DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS

New Executive Orders GA-30 and GA-31 With Changes to Business Capacities, Elective Surgeries, and Nursing Home Visitation

Governor Greg Abbott, who was joined on Thursday, September 17, 2020, by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, House Speaker Bonnen, and Texas health officials for a press conference, announced new reopening plans for areas where COVID-19 hospitalization rates are at 15% or less. He also issued executive orders, GA-30 and GA-31, which provide the specific guidelines for those businesses to reopening.

COVID-19 hospitalization rates that are 15% or lower as a percentage of all people hospitalized in a region for seven consecutive days is the new threshold. In regions that meet this threshold retail, restaurants, offices, museums, libraries, gyms, and manufacturers will be permitted move from the earlier 50% capacity restrictions to 75%.

Elective surgeries are permitted to resume immediately.

Nursing homes, assisted living, and long-term care facilities have been given permission to resume visitations and provided health and safety protocols, which they must follow.

Bars are not permitted to reopen at this time.

Read Executive Order GA-30 | Read Executive Order GA-31


For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/

Governor Abbott Establishes Statewide Face Covering Requirement, Issues Proclamation To Limit Gatherings

Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others. 

“Wearing a face covering in public is proven to be one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so that Texans can continue to earn a paycheck, but it requires each of us to do our part to protect one another—and that means wearing a face covering in public spaces. Likewise, large gatherings are a clear contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Restricting the size of groups gatherings will strengthen Texas’ ability to corral this virus and keep Texans safe. We all have a responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. If Texans commit to wearing face coverings in public spaces and follow the best health and safety practices, we can both slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep Texas open for business. I urge all Texans to wear a face covering in public, not just for their own health, but for the health of their families, friends, and for all our fellow Texans.”


For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/

Executive Order GA-21

Some highlights to note about GA-21:

  • Texans, except where necessary to provide or obtain an essential service or a reopened service, should continue to minimize social gatherings and in-person contact with those who are not in the same household.
  • People over the age of 65 are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible.  Individuals are encouraged to avoid contact with those 65 and older.
  • Those who do leave the home, whether young or old, should implement social distancing and good hygiene
  • Essential Services include those listed under CISA guidance as well as churches, congregations and places of worship
  • Reopened Services consist of the following:
    • In-store retail at 25% occupancy (25% does not include employees)
    • Dine-in at restaurants at 25% occupancy (no occupancy limit on outside seating; 25% does not include employees)
    • Movie theaters at 25% occupancy (25% does not include employees)
    • Shopping malls at 25% occupancy (food court, play areas, and interactive displays must remain closed) (25% does not include employees)
    • Museums and libraries at occupancy of 25% (25% does not include employees)
    • Golf course operations
    • Local government operations
    • Services provided by one individual in an office setting (note this will be expanded on Monday, May 18th)
    • Wedding venues and services required to conduct weddings, subject to either the guidelines on churches (if held in a church) or at 25% of indoor occupancy (if held indoors at a non-church).  Note, it is strongly encouraged to hold weddings outside
    • Wedding receptions, subject to the guidelines on restaurants (if held at a restaurant) or subject to 25% of indoor capacity (if held indoors).  Again, strongly encouraged to hold outside.

 Starting on Friday, May 8, 2020 the following will be opened:

  • Cosmetology salons, hair salons, barbershops, and nail salons may open but should follow guidelines set forth in Open Texas
  • Tanning Salons may open but should follow guidelines set forth in Open Texas
  • Swimming pools may operate if outdoor or indoor but must follow occupancy levels set forth

 Starting on Monday, May  18, 2020, the following will be opened:

  • Services provided in an office may operate with the greater of five individuals or 25% of the total office workforce
  • Non-essential manufacturing [services] at 25% occupancy
  • Gyms and exercise facilities and classes, whether indoor, outdoor, individual, or group, at a 25% occupancy

As previously was the case in GA-18, counties with five or fewer active case counts can file proper attestation forms with DSHS to allow for occupancy limits of 50% for those facilities otherwise limited to 25% occupancy. 


For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/

Cosmetology Salons, Nail Salons, Estheticians, Mini-Salons, Barber Shops and Massage Therapy Establishments Remain Closed

Under Executive Order GA-18 issued by Gov. Greg Abbott on April 27, all cosmetology salons (including nail salons, estheticians, and mini-salons), barber shops, and massage establishments shall continue to remain closed. Executive Order GA-18 overrides all local and county orders.

Whether a salon or shop is a sole proprietorship or not, they are to remain closed until Executive Order GA-18 is amended or rescinded.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep Texas safe by remaining closed. To read more about the Governor’s plan to reopen Texas, please go to The Governor’s Report to Open Texas.


For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/

Texas Supreme Court Overturns Injunction Against Governor Abbott’s Executive Order Prohibiting the Release of Dangerous Individuals

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today praised the Texas Supreme Court for ruling that the Travis County District Court improperly issued a temporary restraining order against Governor Abbott’s Executive Order (GA 13), which prevents the release of potentially dangerous individuals from Texas jails. The ruling states that district courts do not have the jurisdiction to block Executive Order GA 13 with temporary restraining orders.  

“The Texas Supreme Court’s decision rightfully protects the health and safety of Texans from the unlawful release of potentially thousands of dangerous individuals into our communities. The court’s ruling rightly upholds the rule of law and maintains the integrity of our criminal justice system,” said Attorney General Paxton. “Texans must continue to work together to protect our communities during this unprecedented health crisis.”  

Last week, Attorney General Paxton also successfully blocked improper inmate releases in Harris County. The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston denied temporary restraining orders and prevented the release of thousands of potentially dangerous inmates in Harris County, including those charged with violent crimes or who have a violent criminal history.  


For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/

Governor Abbott and Attorney General Paxton Provide Updated Joint Guidance to Houses of Worship

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued updated joint guidance regarding the effect of Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-16 on religious services conducted by congregations and houses of worship. It recommends strategies for houses of worship to effectively slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) while serving their respective communities of faith. 

“Government and faith communities throughout Texas must work together to care for our neighbors and slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Attorney General Paxton. “This updated guidance provides clear direction for houses of worship to protect the health and safety of their congregations as they continue to hold religious services, exercise religious liberty and serve their faith communities.” 

All emergency orders must comply with the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, Article I of the Texas Constitution, and the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which protect the rights of Texans to freely exercise their religion. Consistent with those protections, Executive Order GA-16 defines essential services to include “religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship.” Orders given by state or local governments, therefore, may not prohibit people from providing or obtaining those religious services. And importantly, under GA-16, local government may not close houses of worship.  

Read the guidance document here.  

For information on the spread or treatment of Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website.


For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Orders: GA-15, GA-16, and GA-17

Friday, April 17, 2020 Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued three executive orders (GA-15, GA-16 and GA-17) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Executive Order GA-15 is relating to hospital capacity during the COVID-19 disaster.


Executive Order GA-16 is relating to the safe, strategic reopening of select services as the first step to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.


Executive Order GA-17 is relating to the establishment of the Governor’s Strike for to Open Texas.


For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/

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.


For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/