Business operators are directed to use guidelines to self-assess operations to determine if they are essential.
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The City of Richardson has received several calls asking for clarification on how businesses are to determine if they are “essential” or not in relation to emergency closure orders effective 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020.
While definitions are provided, businesses are required to make a self determination following the guidelines below.
***This list is not all inclusive but is intended to provide guidance on what may remain open.***
E-mail Businesscovid19@dallascounty.org for questions regarding what is essential vs. non-essential business.
Allowed to Stay Open
Below is a list of the “essential businesses” in Richardson that can continue operations under Richardson’s adopted Declaration of Disaster for a Local Health Emergency. Employees of essential businesses are still encouraged to practice social distancing, maintaining at least 6 feet between people in public areas, workplaces and residences.
- Blood banks
- Health care suppliers
- In-home health care for seniors, adults or children
- Medical research facilities
- Mental health providers
- Laboratory services
- Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
- Substance-abuse service providers
- Veterinary care for animals
- Airport operations
- Oil refining
- Public transportation (including DART rail and buses)
- Public works construction
- Residential and commercial construction
- Road and highway work
- Water, sewer, gas and electrical businesses
- Any business that supplies products needed for people to work remotely during the pandemic
- Automotive suppliers as well as auto and bicycle repair services
- Big-box stores
- Businesses that ship or deliver groceries directly to homes
- Farmers markets that sell food products and hot,1sehold staples
- Gas stations and convenience stores
- Grocery stores
- Hardware stores
- Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers
- Liquor stores
- Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food are only permitted to remain open for delivery or carryout services
- Warehouse stores
- Building cleaning and maintenance
- Businesses that provide social services and services necessary to life for the economically disadvantaged
- Childcare facilities that provide services to employees of businesses included in this list.
- Funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries
- Mail and shipping services
- News media
- Plumbers, electricians, exterminators and other services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and operations of residences and businesses included in this list
- Professional services such as legal and accounting services for businesses included in this list
- Ride-hailing services like Uber, Lyft and delivery drivers are also essential services, according to a tweet from Judge Jenkins on Monday.
- Storage services for essential businesses included in this list
- Trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal
- Warehouse, distribution and fulfillment services
Changes to weekday service
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) continues to provide transit service while safeguarding its customers and employees in response to COVID-19. DART plans to implement temporary service adjustments for bus and light rail starting Monday, April 6, that reflects current ridership demand.
While DART ridership has fallen since the outbreak, DART remains committed to providing services for North Texas riders who rely on buses and trains to get to jobs, stores and medical appointments. This includes the many transit dependent first responders who continue to keep us safe during the ongoing pandemic. Service could be adjusted further as the coronavirus situation evolves, but for now DART plans to implement the following temporary service changes:
- All bus routes will have service on weekdays except routes 155 and 887. Route 155 customers have access to route 554, and 887 customers have access to GoLink Service.
- All light rail service will operate at a 20-minute frequency throughout the day.
- All DART Transit Center indoor seating areas are closed (see below).
- No changes are being made to the Dallas Streetcar schedule or weekend bus and light rail service.
More details can be found at www.dart.org/mod or by calling DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111.
DART Comet Cruiser
DART and the University of Texas at Dallas are making changes to the Comet Cruiser schedule effective Monday, April 20. The Comet Cruiser shuttle (Route 883) serves the University and the surrounding area. Among the changes to the schedule are the temporary cessation of the Monday-Thursday East Express service and decreased service from some stations after 7 p.m. on certain days. For more information, click here.
Socially distance while using DART
DART is asking all our customers to:
- Maintain a six-foot distance between fellow riders and your DART operator.
- Leave an open seat between yourself and other riders when available.
- Avoid large groups and public gatherings.
- Avoid physical contact with others including handshakes and hugs.
- Stay home and avoid public places if you feel sick or are experiencing symptoms.
Passengers can find additional information about the agency’s coronavirus prevention efforts on the DART website at www.dart.org/health.
Transit Center waiting areas closed
To ensure the health and safety of customers and employees, DART has temporarily closed the indoor waiting areas at all transit center locations in response to the spread of COVID-19. The impacted DART transit centers include the Arapaho Center Station in Richardson. DART riders can continue to use the outdoor areas for boarding buses and light rail vehicles. On DART buses with rear doors, customers will also be required to board the vehicle through the rear access.
Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security has identified 16 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof.
Visit www.cisa.gov/critical-infrastructure-sectors for further clarification.
Texas Comptroller’s Office is offering assistance to those businesses that are struggling to pay the full amount of sales taxes they collected in February. For businesses that find themselves in this situation, the Comptroller's Office is offering assistance in the form of short-term payment agreements and, in most instances, waivers of penalties and interest.
Contact the Comptroller's Office's Enforcement Hotline at 800-252-8880 to learn about your options for remaining in compliance and avoiding interest and late fees on taxes due.
Why Actions are Being Taken
Efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 are focused on “flattening the curve,” or slowing the spread of the virus so that medical facilities are not overwhelmed. To do this, people are asked to practice social distancing and proper hygiene.
- Social distancing means:
- Maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others,
- Avoiding congregating with other people,
- Avoiding unnecessary physical contact.
- Proper hygiene includes:
- Not touching your face,
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue,
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds,
- If soap and water are not available, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
The declaration is effective until April 30, 2020 or unless superseded, canceled, modified, amended or terminated by the Mayor and/or the City Council.
(All updates can be found on the City of Richardson’s COVID-19 news page at www.cor.net/coronavirus.)