On June 26, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order that temporarily pauses portions of his plan to reopen business in Texas. Executive Order GA 28 includes new restrictions on restaurant capacity, bars and gatherings. All businesses and customers should continue to follow minimum standard health protocols laid out by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
Under Executive Order GA 28
- Restaurants must operate at no more than 50 percent capacity.
- Bars must close, although they may still offer delivery and takeout services.
- Gatherings of more than 100 people are prohibited unless they receive approval from local officials.
The following remains in place under Phase 3 of the Governor’s plan to reopen Texas:
- All other businesses, with certain exceptions, may operate at 50 percent capacity.
- Gyms may operate with 50 percent occupancy provided they disinfect equipment after each use. Additionally, people who are working out must wear gloves and practice social distancing.
- Indoor swimming pools/waterparks may operate provided they operate at no more than 50 percent of the capacity of the facility. Outdoor pools/waterparks may operate at no more than 50 percent of the normal operating limits as determined by the pool operator.
- Museums and libraries may operate at 50 percent capacity.
- Amusement parks may operate at 50 percent capacity.
- The 50 percent occupancy limit does not apply to the following establishments that operate with at least six feet of social distancing between work stations:
- Barbershops, hair salons, nail salons, massage parlor and other personal care and beauty services such as tanning salons and tattoo studios.
- There is no occupancy limit for the following:
- Businesses that were previously deemed essential
- Religious services
- Childcare services
- Youth camps
- Recreational sports programs for youth and adults
To read Abbott's latest executive order, click here. For more information on Abbott’s plan to reopen Texas business, including safety checklists and guidelines for reopening of specific types of businesses, click here.
Anyone who leaves their residence, whether to go to work, a local park or the store, is asked to practice social distancing. This involves staying at least 6 feet away from other people and avoiding congregating in groups and any unnecessary physical contact.
Older adults who need assistance can contact the U.S. Administration on Aging’s Eldercare Locator to find services available in their community. The Eldercare Locator can be reached at 1-800-677-1116 or https://eldercare.acl.gov/.
Meals on Wheels is still being provided to Richardson residents. For more information on Meals on Wheels for Dallas County residents, contact the Visiting Nurses Association—Dallas at 800-CALL-VNA or visit www.vnatexas.org/i-need-help/meals-on-wheels. For information on Meals on Wheels for Collin County residents, call 972-562-6996 or visit https://mowcc.com/.
All schools in the state are closed through the end of the 2019-20 academic year by order of Gov. Greg Abbott. Private schools are also covered under the executive order.
Defend Your Drains
Due to the recent short supply of toilet paper, many people have resorted to using alternative methods, including wipes, paper towels and other items. These items may appear to flush easily, but they do not break down fully and can cause a number of issues at local wastewater treatment plants including blocking sewer lines. Please help keep our sewer lines unclogged by only flushing toilet paper down the toilet.
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.
To see a list of essential business and other restrictions, click here.
If your employment has been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19), you can apply for benefits through the Texas Workforce Commission online at any time using Unemployment Benefits Services (UBS) or by calling the Texas Workforce Commission’s Tele-Center at 800-939-6631 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.
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The Federal Government has established drive-thru COVID-19 test sites in the North Texas area. The map below provides the most current list of locations and hours of operation, provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Testing may also be available by contacting your private physician who can prescribe a test through a private medical testing laboratory.
City Facilities and Services
The facility modifications and closures that have been made in response to COVID-19 will continue until further notice. For a full list of facility and service impacts, click here.
The services had been operating on a modified schedule since April 9 due to staffing shortages created by COVID-19. Full staffing levels have returned, enabling normal collections to resume.
While recycling services were suspended, residents were still able to drop off their recyclables at two locations. The recycle bin at the Westside Pump Station, 101 N. Cottonwood Dr., will remain in place and continue to be open daily from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. The recycle drop off bins that have been in place at the Service Center will no longer be in service as of Monday.
Even with the resumption of normal collection service, please continue to abide by the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep sanitation workers safe. If someone in your household is sick, the CDC recommends double bagging your trash before setting it on the curb for collection. When handling potentially contaminated items such as gloves and facemasks, remember to wear disposable gloves and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after handling trash bags.
Parks and trails are open. It is strongly recommended that people not use playgrounds, picnic tables or any other high-touch areas since these areas cannot be sanitized regularly.
The best etiquette to follow while in the outdoors is to:
- Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails—wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
- Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
- Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
- Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers.
Sherrill Park Golf Course is open, but there have been several changes to operations in order to follow new guidelines issued by Gov. Greg Abbott. In order to operate safely and under state guidelines, Sherrill Park is enacting the following steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Tee times can only be made on the Sherrill Park website. Walk-ups are not allowed; you must book a tee time online.
- Patrons may not enter the property earlier than half-an-hour before their tee time.
- Customers are allowed only one rider per cart unless a small child (age 10 and under) is with a parent. (Carts are booked at time of payment and sanitized after each use.)
- There are no discounted green fees and punch-card service will return once operations return to normal.
- Practice on putting greens is not allowed.
- Driving range is closed.
- No spectators allowed.
- All CDC guidelines and social distancing practices are posted on site and must be followed.
Please also note the following:
- Cup liners have been placed above ground level, preventing the ball from going in the hole. Any ball that hits the cup liner is deemed to have been holed.
- Rakes have been removed from bunkers and sand bottles from carts to avoid the chance of spreading the virus through repeat contact.
- Water coolers and ball washers have been removed/covered.
- The clubhouse is closed. (Restrooms are available on the course.)
- Snack bar offers window service only.
For more information, visit www.sherrillparkgolf.com.
Library (972-744-4350, firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Richardson Public Library has reopened its doors with limited access and modified operating hours. The opening of the Library follows guidelines provided by Gov. Greg Abbott for a phased reopening of businesses and services that have been impacted by mandatory closures instituted to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors will be partially opened under a modified schedule (see below). Public access to all other floors will remain restricted.
- Operating Hours
- Mon. - Sat. (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
- Sun (2:00 - 5:30 p.m.)
Richardson Residents ONLY
- Only 70 patrons at a time will be allowed in the facility during operating hours
NOTE: Public access is limited to Richardson residents only (patrons must bring proof of residency)
- Operating Hours
- Curbside checkout service will operate according to the following schedule
- Monday - Thursday, 2:30 - 6:30 p.m.
- Friday - Saturday, 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
- Sunday - No Curbside Service
All cardholders welcome
NOTE: No residency requirement for curbside checkout service
***Changes will remain in effect until further notice***
Other Impacts to Library Services
- If the facility is at capacity, patrons will be required to wait outside until space is available
- Sneeze guards have been installed at all staffed desk areas
- Floors have been taped to mark appropriate separation for social distancing
- Hand sanitizer has been placed for public use
- Credit card is currently the only accepted form of payment for late fees
- Checkouts are for 3 weeks with autorenewal kicking in on items with no holds
- Access to catalog/checkout computers limited to maintain social distancing
- Sanitizing of public areas will be performed nightly
The Richardson Animal Shelter is open normal business hours but is limiting operations that require public contact. To reclaim pets, drop off stray animals or adopt a pet you must make an appointment. Appointments may be made by calling 972-744-4480 or e-mailing email@example.com.
Current cancellations of special events include:
Family 4th of July Celebration at Breckinridge Park
2020 Corporate Challenge
2020 Spring Cottonwood Art Festival
2020 Annual Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival
For more information about future City of Richardson special events, visit www.cor.net/departments/parks-recreation or the Parks and Recreation Department’s social media feeds.
City Council and City Plan Commission meetings are still being held, but all other board and commission meetings have been canceled until further notice.
Submit Public Comment - Online
People can submit comments on any topic or meeting agenda item electronically using an online form. All comments must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the meeting date and will be provided for the record.
Meeting dates and agendas can be found online.
While payments are still being accepted at City Hall, residents are encouraged to pay their water bill online using electronic billing or “e-billing,” which is free, secure and convenient.
As a reminder, by electing to begin e-billing, you will no longer receive a paper utility statement from the City of Richardson. Instead people will receive an e-mail.
For more information about e-billing please call 972-744-4120 or visit www.cor.net/waterbill.
While the community continues efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Water and Sewer Customer Service Department will be waving late fees and making payment arrangements to assist Customers. Call 972-744-4120 to speak to someone about your options.