Gatherings of 250+ prohibited or strongly discouraged across North Texas

Local disaster declarations have been issued for many counties and cities across the North Texas area. These declarations have been ordered in an effort to hinder the spread of the Coronavirus within the region.

Many counties, including Dallas and Tarrant, along with major cities, such as Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Denton, Cleburne, Carrollton and others, have signed local disaster declarations. Governor Greg Abbott has also signed a statewide disaster declaration.

These disaster declarations prohibit or strongly discourage public or private gatherings of 250 people or more in one single open space for the next week. Additionally, they strongly recommend organizers of events of any size in which people will be in close contact to cancel or postpone such events, if possible.

“Employers should take steps to make it more feasible for their employees to work in ways that minimize close contact with large numbers of people,” states the Tarrant County declaration, such as encouraging telework when possible, urge employees to stay home if sick, and clean / disinfect surfaces in the workplace.

A number of large gatherings in the area, such as NBA / NHL / MLB games, concerts, church services, and conferences have been canceled or postponed at this time. A majority of school districts and college campuses across the area have extended their spring break until the end of March, or moved classes online to lessen the contact with others who may be sick.

Helpful links:

Tarrant County – Disaster Declaration and COVID-19 Information

Dallas County – Disaster Declaration and COVID-19 Information

Denton County – Disaster Declaration

Collin County – COVID-19 Information

Parker County – COVID-19 Information

Rockwall County – COVID-19 Information

Johnson County – COVID-19 Information

Ellis County – COVID-19 Information

Officials recommend these important safety measures:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Avoid touching your face
Stay home when sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Follow CDC recommendations for using a facemask
Wash your hands often using soap for at least 20 seconds
Consult with CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories