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Posted on: March 30, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins' revised order - March 29

Summary of changes:

1.  Added “Minimum Basic Operations” Language - allows non-essential businesses to do the following:

  • The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions.
  • The minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences.

2.  Added “Essential Travel” Language - includes travel for any of the following purposes:

  • Travel related to the provision of or access to Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, Essential Businesses Essential Critical Infrastructure, and Minimum Basic Operation;
  • Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons;
  • Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services;
  • Travel to return to a place of residence from outside the jurisdiction;
  • Travel required by law enforcement or court order;
  • Travel by church staff or clergy for the purpose of production of remote delivery of religious services and other ministries requiring travel;
  • Travel related to attending a funeral service; or
  • Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the County.

3. Added Safety Provisions for Contractors

  • The Order classified construction for public works, residential, commercial, and schools as critical infrastructure. Elective additions and maintenance are prohibited.
  • All employers involved in construction activity must follow the requirements set forth in the COVID-19 Safety Recommendations issued by the Construction Industry Safety Coalition.

Rules for the Construction Industry can be viewed here.

4. Added Prohibition on Price Gouging - no person shall sell any of the following goods or services for more than the regular retail price charged for the goods or services on March 16, 2020:

  • Groceries, beverages, toilet articles, and ice;
  • Restaurant, cafeteria, and boarding-house meals; and
  • Medicine, pharmaceutical and medical equipment, and supplies.


Click here to view the full revised order.

Additional resources: March 29 Order regarding Long-Term Health Facilities

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