Denton County, City of Denton issue “stay at home” mandates
Full text of Denton County Disaster Declaration and Executive Order Amendment of the Denton County Judge Andy Eads - Effective March 25, 2020.
March 24, 2020 — Denton County Judge Andy Eads and City of Denton Mayor Chris Watts jointly issued an amended executive order for Denton County and a second Mayoral declaration of disaster and order for the City of Denton requiring residents to stay at home effective at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
“Sometimes you have to decide between two bad choices and I am erring on the side of saving lives,” said Denton County Judge Andy Eads. “Each individual has the responsibility to stay at home and limit their actions to the necessities of getting supplies, handling medical issues and, for some, going to work to keep essential businesses in operation.”
“Nothing is more important than protecting the safety and well-being of our community,” said Denton Mayor Chris Watts. “During this unprecedented time, it is on all of us to do what is necessary to flatten the curve and minimize the spread of this virus.”
Denton County Public Health officials have confirmed a total of 36 cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Denton County as of Monday evening.
“Community spread is here in Denton County and we know that it will continue for a while. How long? We simply do not know,” Judge Eads said. “The quicker we properly keep our distance, the quicker kids can return to school, and our lives and businesses can continue.”
The new executive order from Denton County is effective as of 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The order mandates:
This order will be effective until March 31, 2020, unless extended by the Denton County Commissioners Court or rescinded by the Denton County Judge.
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The City of Denton will incorporate these mandates as a Second Declaration of Local Disaster and Order of the Mayor. In addition to the “Stay at Home” provision, the Second Order of the Mayor will also, among other allowances, provide for:
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“While we are not sure how long we’ll be battling this storm together, we ask for the community’s support and understanding as we take this necessary step,” Mayor Watts said. “Your City will continue to serve you during this challenging time, and I know that our collective spirit cannot be broken.” The stay-at-home mandate will also help support medical facilities across Denton County.
“Hospitals, the places that help us in our greatest hours of need, are now asking us to help them,” Judge Eads said. “We must ensure the health and safety of our medical professionals and first responders, who are on the front lines working to give residents the services they need when they need it most.” Working as a team, residents in Denton County will get through this, Judge Eads said.
“Our shared sacrifices today will help all of us get through this situation as soon as possible to ensure a brighter future for everyone across Denton County. We are Denton County Strong,” he said.
Information regarding COVID-19 can be found at CDC.gov/COVID19 and DentonCounty.gov/COVID19.
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