March 30, 2020

Practicing social distancing outdoors

Today, Dallas County reported that there were 61 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the Dallas County total to 549 cases. Of these, 36% have required ICU hospitalization. There have been 11 reported deaths in Dallas County from the virus.

With enjoyable weather like we saw over the weekend, many of you are spending time outdoors in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. While it is encouraged that you spend time outdoors, it is extremely important that social distancing be practiced both indoors and out. Whether you are taking a walk around the neighborhood, or utilizing Town trails or green spaces, please make sure you are maintaining a six-foot distance between yourself and others. Be thoughtful of how closely you are walking/jogging by as infection could occur via respiratory droplets in the air.

Other tips in addition to social distancing if you plan on being outdoors:

  • Don't congregate in groups
  • Take hand sanitizer
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
  • No handshakes or hugs

Let's stop the spread. Do your part to flatten the curve!

Town facilities remain closed to the public at this time. Utility bills and court fines can be paid online at or payments can be dropped in the box in front of Town Hall at 127 N. Collins Road. Town Staff are available to answer questions at 972-203-4169.

Complete your Census form

Your 2020 Census form should have arrived in the mail. Please take time to complete and return this form!

If you do not know where your form is, you can complete the Census online at: CENSUS.

Republic Services operating under new guidlines during COVID-19

With more residents at home, Republic Services has seen a 25% increase in the tonnages collected during curbside collection. Consequently, Republic Services will be operating under the following guidelines until further notice:

  • Republic Services will accept waste placed in bags only. Bags must not exceed 50 pounds.
  • Do bag all waste (except recycling) even if placed in a cart.
  • Yard waste will continue as normal; however, bulk item service is suspended at this time.
  • Recycling should be placed in your cart, not bagged.

Tips for recycling:

  • Know what to throw. Cardboard, paper, metal cans, plastic bottles, and jugs are all acceptable for recycling. Cardboard should be flattened if you choose to recycle it. Plastic bottles and jugs should be recycled with the lid on.
  • Empty, Clean and Dry®. Please do not place soiled or wet materials into your recycle bin. It is important to keep all recyclables free of food and liquid to prevent contamination. Once cardboard or paper come in contact with food or liquid, they can no longer be recycled.
  • Don't bag it. Never put recyclables in containers or in bags.

Never place these items in your recycling container:

  • Plastic bags or wrappers
  • Styrofoam
  • Food
  • Electronics or batteries
  • Yard waste
  • Diapers
  • Soiled paper
  • Clothing or shoes
  • Tools
  • Toys
  • Construction waste
  • Medical items, such as needles

Dallas County revises order to address construction and price gouging

On March 29, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins revised the shelter-in-place order, adding clarifying language for non-essential businesses and essential travel, safety provisions for construction work, and the prohibition of price gouging.

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.

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.

The full revised Order is available on the Town's website.

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