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The City of Richardson has declared a Local State of Disaster Due to a Public Health Emergency to help contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Click here for latest COVID-19 municipal ordinance information.

Click here to view latest executive orders from Gov. Greg Abbott on statewide orders.

The resources below provide information related to impacts on municipal services, business operations, and social distancing.

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 29 (facial covering requirement)

Additionally, on July 2, executive order GA 29 was also issued and mandates the wearing of a facial covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household; provided, however, that this face-covering requirement does not apply to the following:

  1. any person younger than 10 years of age;
  2. any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering;
  3. any person while the person is consuming food or drink, or is seated at a restaurant to eat or drink;
  4. any person while the person is (a) exercising outdoors or engaging in physical activity outdoors, and (b) maintaining a safe distance from other people not in the same household;
  5. any person while the person is driving alone or with passengers who are part of the same household as the driver;
  6. any person obtaining a service that requires temporary removal of the face covering for security surveillance, screening, or a need for specific access to the face, such as while visiting a bank or while obtaining a personal care service involving the face, but only to the extent necessary for the temporary removal;
  7. any person while the person is in a swimming pool, lake, or similar body of water;
  8. any person who is voting, assisting a voter, serving as a poli watcher, or actively administering an election, but wearing a face covering is strongly encouraged;
  9. any person who is actively providing or obtaining access to religious worship, but wearing a face covering is strongly encouraged;
  10. any person while the person is giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience; or
  11. any person in a county (a) that meets the requisite criteria promulgated by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) regarding minimal cases of COVID-19, and (b) whose county judge has affirmatively opted-out of this face-covering requirement by filing with TDEM the required face-covering attestation form—provided, however, that wearing a face covering is highly recommended, and every county is strongly encouraged to follow these face-covering standards.

 Not excepted from this face-covering requirement is any person attending a protest or demonstration involving more than 10 people and who is not practicing safe social distancing of six feet from other people not in the same household.

Under Executive Order GA 28 (reopening of Texas guidelines)

  • 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.

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