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 6/26/20 Gov. Abbott Issues Order Restricting Texas Restaurants & Bars

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order today requiring all bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51 percent in gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages to close by 12 p.m. on June 26.

These businesses may remain open for delivery and takeout, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC).

The order allows restaurants to remain open for dine-in services, but at a capacity not to exceed 50 percent beginning Monday, June 29. This occupancy limit is down from the previously expanded limit of 75 percent that began June 12 as part of the State’s third phase of reopening. Further phases to reopen Texas have been paused.

Under the order, rafting and tubing businesses must also close, and outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions such as religious services, childcare services, and youth camps.

For more details, click here.

6/25/20 Gov. Abbott Issues Order Requiring Dallas Co. Hospitals to Suspend Elective Procedures 

On Thursday, June 25 Gov. Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order requiring hospitals in Dallas, Bexar, Harris, and Travis Counties to postpone all elective surgeries and procedures, beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 26.

According to the order, all hospitals in these counties are ordered to postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not medically necessary to diagnose or correct a serious medical condition or to preserve the life of a patient who without timely performance of the procedure would be at risk for adverse medical consequences or death. The order does not apply to procedures that would not deplete hospital capacity needed for COVID-19 patients. Abbott can add or subtract from the list of effected counties by proclamation.

As of 3:50 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is reporting more than 125,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the state, with 18,135 of those being in Dallas County. As of noon on Thursday, June 25, there have been 581 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Carrollton community and 8 related deaths. Abbott said on Monday, June 22 that “COVID-19 is now spreading at an unacceptable rate in the state of Texas, and it must be corralled.”

To learn more about the strategies being taken by the state and each of the counties in which Carrollton resides to slow the spread, click here. To confirm which County a person might reside in, click here for the City’s searchable, interactive map that includes county lines, as well as school districts within Carrollton's city limits.


6/19/20 Dallas County to Require Businesses to Enforce Use of Face Coverings for Visitors and Workers

Dallas County Commissioners voted Friday, June 19 to issue an order requiring Dallas County businesses that provide goods or services directly to the public to ensure all employees and customers over the age of 10 wear a mask or face covering. The new measure goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Friday, June 19.
Although a strong recommendation until now per Gov. Greg Abbott's most recent executive order, the new Dallas County order mandates face coverings with a potential penalty of $500 for businesses that fail to comply. 
The order also states that all people 10 and older shall wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in a public place where it is difficult to maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and others. However, no civil or criminal penalty will be imposed on individuals for failure to wear a face covering, consistent with the governor's order. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges face coverings for people over the age of two.

For more details, click here.

 6/16/20 Gov. Abbott Reminds Texans to Practice Social Distancing & Wear Face Coverings in Public 

Gov. Greg Abbott held a press conference Tuesday, June 16 to address Texas’ COVID-19 case count and hospital capacity, as the State hit a new high of positive cases.

Texas saw a new peak of 2,622 new cases reported on Tuesday, June 16, as well as 2,518 hospitalizations associated with COVID-19. Abbott said that the State, alongside county and city officials, remains laser-focused on maintaining abundant hospital capacity. According to the State, there are currently 3,382 hospital beds available in the DFW Metroplex, which is 24 percent of the total reported number of beds.

In his press conference, Abbott reminded citizens that in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, Texans are highly encouraged to wear cloth face coverings and practice social distancing of at least 6 feet when in public, as well as practice good hand hygiene and minimize in-person contact with those not in the same household.

COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. By wearing cloth face coverings in public settings, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and other spaces where social distancing is difficult to maintain, residents are protecting other community members. This is because COVID-19 can be spread by people who are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic and do not know that they are infected. Cloth face coverings provide an extra layer to help prevent the respiratory droplets from traveling in the air and onto other people. The primary purpose of cloth face coverings is to protect others, but those wearing a face covering are also less likely to touch their face with unclean hands.

For more COVID-19 prevention tips, click here.

6/5/20 Limited Access to Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex and Splash Parks to Open June 15; Additional City Facilities to Operate at Increased Capacities
  • In accordance with Gov. Abbott’s recently announced third phase of the state’s plan for reopening, the City will reopen limited public access to the Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex at a reduced occupancy rate of 50%, as well as both Oak Hills and W.J. Thomas Splash Parks, on Monday, June 15. Restrictions apply for Rosemeade Rainforest and both Splash Parks.
  • The City is evaluating options for if or when swim lessons will be able to be offered. Additional details on safety protocols, pricing, and memberships will be announced soon; visit for updates.
  • All City facilities currently operating at 25% capacity will also begin operating at a 50% capacity on Monday, June 15. Carrollton Senior Center remains closed until further notice.
  • Restaurants are also allowed to expand their maximum table size from six to 10 people effective immediately, as well as to expand their occupancy levels to 75% beginning Friday, June 12.
  • The City’s Community Fireworks Display typically held on July 4 will be moved to November this year due to social distancing concerns.
    • The new date for the fireworks display will allow the City to continue to provide a high quality fireworks show for residents, while honoring veterans for their service and sacrifice in celebration of Veterans Day.
    • The display will be held over Josey Ranch Lake and will showcase Carrollton’s new Veterans Memorial Plaza, which is located just west of Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road). More details will be announced in the coming months.

For full details on all information listed above, click here

 5/21/20 Limited Access to Additional City Facilities to Open June 1; Carrollton Announces Changes to City Event Schedule

City-Facilities-Reopening_Phase-II_thumbThe City of Carrollton will reopen limited public access to additional facilities on Monday, June 1 in accordance with Gov. Greg Abbott’s most recent executive order.
  • Rosemeade and Crosby Recreation Centers, 25% capacity, restrictions apply
  • Hebron & Josey and Josey Ranch Lake Libraries, 25% capacity, restrictions apply
  • Playgrounds, park restrooms, outdoor basketball courts, and youth sports fields, with restrictions
Water parks & splash parks are not allowed to open per Abbott’s orders, so the Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex, as well as Oak Hills and W.J. Thomas Splash Parks are currently closed. The City is evaluating options for if or when those facilities will be allowed to open this summer.

All City events through the end of June have been moved to socially distanced or virtual formats. Visit for more details.
  • July 4 Community Fireworks Display will not be held at Josey Ranch Lake as it has been in past years, but the City is evaluating alternatives to hold the display in another location that would best allow for social distancing.

  • The City has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s 11th annual Festival at the Switchyard on Saturday, November 7. While the event was not scheduled to occur until the fall, planning for the event takes a full year, and due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent budget concerns, it would not be wise to spend resources on an event that typically draws more than 40,000 people within a tightly confined site map, and therefore may not be safe to hold.
Emergency services continue to be uninterrupted. The Carrollton Police, Fire, and Public Works Departments are fully operational and have protocols in place to protect first responders so they can continue to serve the City of Carrollton.

Virtual services are still strongly encouraged & remain available 24/7.

For more details about City facility access, events, and more, click here.

5/18/20 Gov. Abbott Issues Executive Order for Additional Phase of Reopening Texas

Gov. Abbott announced the phased reopening of more businesses and increased capacity of already opened businesses at a press conference on Monday, May 18. The reopening and increased capacity for businesses vary, with restrictions: 

  •  Effective immediately: Child care centers, youth clubs, gyms/exercise facilities (25% capacity), massage establishments, tattoo studios, piercing studios, and waxing services. Restrictions apply.  

  • Friday, May 22: Bars, craft breweries, wine tasting rooms, bowling alleys (25% capacity), restaurants (50% capacity). Restrictions apply. 

  • Sunday, May 31: Day and overnight youth camps, professional sports leagues without in-person spectators,  youth sports practices (games can not resume until June 15). Restrictions apply.

  • Monday, June 1: School districts can hold summer school.

Checklists with guidelines and more information were made available on Gov. Abbott’s Open Texas page. The City of Carrollton is continuing to evaluate the decision to reopen facilities such as recreation centers and libraries, per the Governor’s orders. More information will be provided soon.  For more details, click here


5/15/20 Carrollton City Council Extends Disaster Declaration 

Carrollton City Council voted at the Tuesday, May 12 meeting to extend Carrollton's existing Disaster Declaration through Saturday, May 30. The extension stays in the line with State and County declarations.

 5/6/20 Gov. Abbott Announces Next Phase of Reopening the Texas Economy

Gov. Abbott announced new guidelines on Tuesday, May 5 for a second phase of reopening the State's economy. Hair salons, barbershops, tanning salons, and nail salons can reopen with restrictions on Friday,  May 8.

Gyms, exercise facilities, non-essential manufacturing, and office buildings will be able to open on Monday, May 18 with specific guidelines in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The announcement also includes guidelines on weddings, funerals, memorials, and burials. Bars remain closed at this time with more assessment needed.

The City of Carrollton is evaluating options and establishing procedures for reopening additional facilities in the safest manner possible in accordance with Abbott’s orders. Further information will be provided soon. 

For more details, click here

 4/30/20 Free Drive-Through Testing Site Opens in Carrollton

 The City of Carrollton has partnered with Walmart and eTrueNorth to open free drive-through COVID-19 testing beginning Friday, May 1 in the parking lot of the WMS Distribution Center (1025 W. Trinity Mills Road).

The testing site will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting, to screen those exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms as well as all health care providers and first responders. Prescheduled appointments are required. For more details, click here


4/30/20 Limited Access to City Facilities Opens May 4; Virtual Services Remain Available

City-Facilities-Reopening-thumbIn accordance with the Governor's Report to Reopen Texas and most recent executive orders, the City will begin the process of reopening a number of City facilities Monday, May 4.
In addition to practicing social distancing and adherence to good hygiene, rules and restrictions will apply for employees, visitors, and patrons.
The City is committed to maintaining continuity of government services while taking measures to help keep citizens and City employees safe.  For more details, click here














With sadness, the City announces the fourth coronavirus-related death of a Carrollton resident, a man in his 40s who was previously reported critically ill in an area hospital. 

Dallas County Health and Human Services confirmed the death on 4/28. To respect the resident’s family, no additional personal information about the resident will be released by Dallas County.
As of Wednesday, April 29 at noon, there have been 126 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Carrollton community.


 4/28/20 Carrollton to Provide “Safe to Work and Shop” Kits to Small Businesses in Partnership with Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce

The City of Carrollton is working in partnership with the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce to assist local businesses that choose to reopen their doors beginning Friday, May 1, in accordance with the Governor’s Report to Open Texas and most recent Executive Order (GA-18). 

The goal of the program is to support businesses with the tools they need to help protect employees and customers as Texans prepare to return to work. 

“The City of Carrollton is excited to partner with the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce for this initiative,” Mayor Kevin Falconer said. “The City’s vision is to be the community that families and businesses want to call home, and we’re committed to assisting Carrollton’s small businesses during this unprecedented time, while continuing to encourage measures that maintain the health and wellbeing of our residents and visitors.” 

As a first step of the program, the City and the Chamber will distribute “Safe to Work and Shop” startup kits designed to help small businesses reopen while striving to keep employees and customers safe. The kits will include items such as masks, hand sanitizer, floor clings encouraging social distancing, information resources available to small businesses, and more. 

“The Metrocrest Chamber plans to walk hand-in-hand with the City of Carrollton to help ensure businesses are able to open their doors safely, successfully, and sustainably,” Metrocrest Chamber President Erin Carter said. “This partnership enables us to do this and we welcome this continued opportunity to serve as the champion for our business community.”

The Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce will be distributing the kits to local businesses beginning this week, but kits will also be available for pickup at the Chamber (2550 Midway Road, #240) on Thursday, April 30 from 3-5 p.m. If you are a small business owner interested in a kit, send an email to with your business name, address, and contact information. 

For more information about the City’s response to COVID-19 and a variety of resources for businesses, visit

4/28/20 Gov. Abbott Issues Executive Order to Continue Reopening the Texas Economy

Gov. Abbott issued an executive order on Monday, April 27 stating that the following businesses may reopen on Friday, May 1 at a reduced occupancy of no more than 25%: retail stores, malls, movie theaters, restaurants, non-interactive museums, and libraries. Other restrictions apply.

Updated travel restrictions, as well as rules for all hospitals in Texas to reserve at least 15% capacity to treat COVID-19 patients, were also added. The executive order remains in effect through Friday, May 15, with more businesses being allowed to open in a second phase of the process as early as Monday, May 18 should Texas show progress in continuing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The City of Carrollton is evaluating options and establishing procedures for reopening its facilities in the safest manner possible in accordance with Abbott’s orders. Further information to follow later this week. For more details, click here.


4/21/20 Council Terminates Health and Safety Ordinance to Remain Flexible During Local and State Reopenings 

Carrollton City Council unanimously voted at the Tuesday, April 21 Council meeting to expire the existing City ordinance effective Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 12:01 am. The Disaster Declaration remains in place through Tuesday, May 12.

Residents and businesses will continue to operate under the orders and jurisdiction of the County they reside in, as well as all statewide orders issued by Gov. Abbott. For more details, click here.

4/20/20 Gov. Abbott Issues Executive Orders to Begin Reopening Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott issued three Executive Orders on Friday, April 17 to begin the process of reopening the State of Texas after President Donald Trump unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again on Thursday, April 16.

Under the orders, Abbott created the Strike Force to Reopen Texas; established a “retail-to-go” model that will allow retail outlets in Texas to reopen beginning Friday, April 24; directed all schools statewide to remain closed for the 2019-2020 school year; loosened restrictions on surgeries beginning Tuesday, April 21 at 11:59 p.m.; and directed state parks to reopen Monday, April 20 with guidelines in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Dallas County also issued an amended public health order on Saturday, April 18, allowing stores that sell fabric to operate for the sole purpose of selling school supplies, fabric, and other supplies needed to make cloth coverings and masks, as well as stating that the failure to wear a cloth covering cannot result in any civil or criminal fines or penalties. The County amended its Long-Term Care Facility Order as well. 

As of Monday, April 20 at noon, there have been 94 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Carrollton community and two related deaths, both males in their 70s in the Denton County portion of the City. The first death was confirmed by Denton County Public Health on Thursday, April 2 and the second death on Saturday, April 18.

For more information, click here.  


4/17/20 Indian Creek Golf Club to Reopen in Compliance with State and Denton County Orders  

Denton County amended its public health order this week to be in line with Gov. Abbott’s clarification and the Attorney General’s opinion regarding golf courses being allowed to reopen as long as specific rules outlined in the order are followed. 

As such, Indian Creek Golf Club, the municipal golf course located in the Denton County portion of Carrollton, will be re-opening 4/23 at 8 a.m. Online payments and tee time reservations are required and can be scheduled beginning 4/21 at 8 a.m. Unpaid or unscheduled players will not be permitted; check-in and play will be monitored.

Golfers will only be permitted to walk the course and can bring personal pull carts, as golf cars are not allowed. The clubhouse and restaurant will remain closed. Golfers will be permitted to bring their own non-alcoholic beverage as all food and beverage services have been suspended. The driving range and putting/chip practice area will also remain closed. Many high-touch items will be removed from the course and various other changes will be noticed. 

Golfers must follow all rules set forth in the public health order, CDC guidelines as required in the statewide order, and by the City and Indian Creek Golf Club Management. The City encourages at-risk individuals to stay home. 

For more details, click here

4/16/20 Dallas County Amends Public Health Order to Require Face Coverings in Public Places

Starting Friday, April 17 at midnight through Thursday, April 30, Dallas County is requiring everyone over the age of two including residents and visitors to wear some form of covering over their nose and mouth when visiting or working at an Essential Business or when using public transportation, to the greatest extent possible. Some restrictions/exceptions apply. For more details, click here


4/13/20 Bag Bulk Trash Items That Fit In A Bag Starting Monday, April 13

Got bulk trash? Put it in a bag. Starting Monday, April 13 Republic Services requests all bulk items to now be bagged if possible; however, if a bulk item is too large to be bagged it will still be collected. Brush will continue to be collected as normal. This added safety measure is intended to help protect trash haulers during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, call 972-466-4950 or click here.

4/7/20 Council Streamlines City Health and Safety Measures through New Ordinance
City Council adopted a new ordinance at the Tuesday, April 7 Council meeting that will streamline health and safety measures with clear parameters for essential work, travel, and activities no matter what County a Carrollton resident lives in.

The ordinance applies to all Carrollton residents and businesses through Thursday, April 30, and includes a stay at home provision, details with regard to worship services, as well as information on enforcement. 

“Carrollton spans three counties and this ordinance streamlines the entire City into one provision that is in line with Dallas and Denton Counties’ as well as the statewide orders,” Mayor Kevin Falconer said. “Collin County rescinded its public health order altogether last week and has decided to enforce only the statewide order.”

In addition, the ordinance provides for a fine-only violation, a Class C Misdemeanor up to $500; unlike the State and County orders that are Class B violations, which would result in a fine up to $1,000 or 180 days in jail. This allows the City to respond to non-compliance from a business or individual in a more flexible manner without necessitating an arrest. Further, the ordinance allows for Carrollton’s Code Enforcement Division to act, which the Counties’ orders do not.

In alignment with the guidance issued by Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday, April 1, Council also made clear there are no in-person worship services permitted under the new ordinance, but necessary staff can work to produce audio/video services for broadcast or transmission providing all individuals follow social distancing guidelines.

The ordinance states, “all houses of worship are encouraged to seek out ‘creative means’, such as drive-in services or curbside communion or confession.”

There have been several changes to public health orders and disaster declarations from Collin, Dallas, and Denton Counties, but as a municipality, Carrollton’s ordinance was adopted under the authority of the Texas Health and Safety Code and will apply evenly to all Carrollton residents through April 30 unless otherwise amended by the City Council.

For more details, click here

4/7/20 Denton County Extends Disaster Declaration and Stay at Home Order Through April 30

The Denton County Commissioners Court voted on Tuesday, April 7 to extend its Disaster Declaration and Stay at Home order requiring all individuals to stay at home except for certain essential activities and essential businesses through Thursday, April 30. 

The Dallas County Commissioners Court also voted on Friday, April 3 to extend its public health order with similar requirements through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. Dallas County’s Disaster Declaration is currently in effect through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20. 

Dallas County issued an amended order Monday, April 6 establishing rules for financial institutions and realtors to follow when conducting business in Dallas County, as well as establishing safety rules for common carriers, motor carriers, shippers, delivery services, moving companies, and contract carriers that load or unload cargo, supplies, equipment, or goods at any point located in Dallas County. 

As of 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, there are a total of 54 confirmed cases in Carrollton (32 Denton County residents and 22 Dallas County residents) of COVID-19 and one confirmed death, a man in his 70s who was previously reported hospitalized.  

4/3/20 Denton County Reports First Coronavirus Death in Carrollton & Dallas County Extends Disaster Declaration Order through May 20 

Denton County Public Health (DCPH) confirmed Thursday, April 2 that a Carrollton resident in his 70s who contracted the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has died. The resident was previously reported hospitalized and was a locally transmitted COVID-19 case in Denton County.

To respect the resident’s family, no additional personal information about the resident will be released by Denton County.

DCPH also announced 23 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Denton County on Thursday, including two new cases in Carrollton. This brings Denton County's Carrollton total to 21. Sixteen Carrollton residents who live in Dallas County have also been confirmed to have the virus for a total of 37 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the City of Carrollton.

More than 99 percent of Carrollton residents are occupants of Dallas or Denton County, where Stay at Home/Shelter in Place Orders are in place requiring all individuals in those Counties to stay at home except for certain essential activities and essential business.

The Dallas County Commissioners Court voted on Friday, April 3 to extend its Disaster Declaration through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20 and the Public Health Order that was previously set to expire tonight through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. Denton County’s order is currently in effect through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7.

In an amended order issued on Thursday, April 2, Dallas County added safety rules for manufacturers and distributors, capped late fees for rent at $15 per month, required employees of essential businesses to telecommute when possible, prohibited employers from requiring a negative COVID-19 test or a physician’s note before a recovered employee can return to work, and clarified that limits on purchases of toilet paper and other essential items do not apply to essential businesses or government offices.

Less than 1 percent of Carrollton residents live in Collin County, which rescinded its public health order that was issued last week and is enforcing Governor Greg Abbott’s most recent executive order without issuing its own stricter order. Abbott’s order requires every person in Texas to minimize social gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household except where necessary to provide or obtain essential services, among other requirements.

For more information and a variety of information resources from Dallas County Health and Human Services, Denton County Public Health, Collin County Health Care Services, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the CDC, visit

4/1/20 Denton County Extends Stay at Home Order & Dallas County Issues Amended Shelter in Place Order

The Denton County Commissioners Court extended its public health order Tuesday, March 31 requiring all individuals in Denton County to stay at home except for certain essential activities and essential business through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7. 

The order matches similar restrictions and requirements put in place by Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins that are currently in effect through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3 in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. This means the majority of Carrollton residents remain under a Shelter in Place/Stay at Home order. The Court will review the order again during its next regular meeting on April 7.

Dallas County also issued an amended public health order on Tuesday, March 31 with specific instructions for laboratories operating within Dallas County, added safety rules for essential retailers, and language clarifying that COVID-19 may cause property loss or damage to help trigger business interruption insurance. The order requires all employees involved in essential retail activity to take their temperature before arriving to work, to remain at home if their temperature is above 99.6 degrees Fahrenheit, and to keep a 6 foot distance between people at all times unless the work performed requires multiple individuals for the safety of the workers, as well as requiring essential retailers to restrict the number of customers who are physically present so that six foot spacing can be maintained, among other requirements.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins also issued an executive order in effect through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3 allowing Dallas County departments in possession of unused or unneeded medical equipment and supplies to provide them to nursing homes, long-term care facilities, organizations serving homeless individuals, and hospitals in Dallas County. 

3/31/20  Governor Greg Abbott Issues New Executive Order Superseding Original Social Distancing Order

Governor Greg Abbott issued a new executive order that supersedes his original social distancing order (GA-08). The new order extends through April 30, 2020. Also, he has closed all Texas schools through May 4, 2020, and that date may be extended. 

  • Every person in Texas shall, except where necessary to provide or obtain essential services, minimize social gathering and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.
  • Essential services are those defined by TDEM according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  • All Texans should follow the President’s and CDC’s hygiene guidelines.
  • All Texans should avoid eating out, but take advantage of carry out and drive-thru restaurants.
  • It does not prohibit people from accessing essential services or engaging in essential daily activities, such as going to the grocery store or gas station, providing or obtaining other essential services, visiting parks, hunting or fishing, or engaging in physical activity like jogging or bicycling, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID- 19 and to minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.
  • Texans should stay away from nursing homes and similar facilities.
  • Schools shall remain temporarily closed to in-person classroom attendance and shall not recommence before May 4, 2020.

To read the full order, click here

3/30/20 Dallas County Issues Order for Long-Term Care Facilities; Clarifies Parameters for Construction Industry


Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued a public health order on Sunday with specific instructions for all Long-Term Care Facilities in dealing with residents who have received a COVID-19 diagnosis. The orders direct LTCF to immediately notify all staff; all residents who are mentally competent; family members/responsible parties of all residents of the facility; and provide a notification statement for public access as well as proof of completion of notification to Dallas County Health and Human Services.

Additionally, the order calls for in-facility measures to be taken including all health care personnel must wear masks and have their temperature checked prior to each shift; the facility must be closed to new admissions and outpatient rehabilitation services; and any and all staff shall not work at any other LTCFs other than the impacted facility.

Residents must test negative for COVID-19 before being transferred to home care.

New cases must be reported immediately to DCHHS.

Also on Sunday, Jenkins issued an amendment to the current Shelter-in-Place order clarifying the parameters around essential construction and infrastructure. There is a Rules for the Construction Industry document that provides specific guidance for Dallas County residents who work in businesses associated with building and construction industries. For more local business resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, click on Resources for Businesses above

3/26/20  Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Mandating 14-Day Quarantine For Travelers Arriving From New York Tri-State Area, New Orleans


On Thursday, March 26, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order mandating a self-quarantine of 14 days for individuals traveling to Texas as their final destination through an airport from the Tri-State Area of New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut as well as the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. 

During this period, a quarantined person shall not allow visitors into or out of the designated quarantine location, other than a physician or healthcare provider, and cannot visit any public spaces. These mandatory self-quarantines will last a period of 14 days or for the duration of a person’s presence in Texas, whichever is shorter.

This order to self-quarantine shall not apply to people traveling in connection with military service, emergency response, health response, or critical-infrastructure functions, as may be determined by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). This Executive Order will remain in effect and in full force until modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by the Governor.

3/24/20  Denton County Issues Stay at Home Order; Majority of Carrollton Residents Are Now Under Shelter in Place 

Denton County announced today that a public health order requiring all individuals in Denton County to stay at home except for certain essential activities and essential business would go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25 in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

The order will continue for seven days unless extended by the Commissioners Court and will match similar restrictions and requirements set forth on Sunday by Dallas County. This means the majority of Carrollton residents are now under a Shelter in Place/Stay at Home order. Collin County residents have been asked to stay at home, but businesses are allowed to remain open as long as they are in compliance with Gov. Greg Abbott's executive orders.

More than 99 percent of Carrollton residents are occupants of either Dallas or Denton County, with less than 1 percent of residents in Collin County. As such, the Carrollton community is asked to comply with the orders from the Counties. To confirm which county a person might reside in, click here for the City’s searchable, interactive map that includes county lines, as well as school districts within Carrollton's city limits

For more information, click here.

 3/23/20, City of Carrollton Closes Outdoor Recreational Facilities and Library Book Drops;  Public Information Request Responses to be Delayed

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread in the DFW area, the City is taking additional steps to slow the spread of the disease. This includes the closure of all City playgrounds, dog parks, basketball courts, and tennis courts to the public, effective Tuesday, March 24. Trails and open park spaces will still remain available, with a social distancing order of at least six feet apart being practiced between all visitors. The drive through window at both Library locations will also be closed. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. 

For more information, click here.

3/22/20, 9:25pm: Denton County Issues New Mandates for Residents

Denton County Judge Andy Eads has issued a new executive order for a disaster declaration for public health emergency to preserve public health and safety. The order is effective as of 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 23 through Monday, March 30.

For more information, click here.

 3/22/20, 5:45pm: Dallas County Issues Orders to Shelter in Place; Stay Home Stay Safe

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has issued an order to shelter in place effective Monday, March 23 at 11:59 pm until 11:59 pm on Friday, April 3. All individuals living in Dallas County should not leave their place of residence unless for Essential Activities. All businesses facilities operating within Dallas County, except Essential Businesses as defined in the order, are required to cease all activities. Restaurants can still provide delivery/take out/drive-thru options.  

Stay Home Stay Safe FAQs. 

For more information, click here.

 3/22/20, 1:55pm: Second Coronavirus Case Confirmed in Carrollton in Denton County; Dallas County Issues Amended Health Order

A second case of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Carrollton bringing the total for the City to two, one in Denton County and one in Dallas County.

Dallas County has also issued an amended public health order with new restrictions effective until Friday, April 3 at 11:59pm. It includes restrictions on nail salons, hair salons, barber shops, beauty salons, hair removal services, spas, tattoo and piercing parlors, and all other non-medical, personal care services that cannot be provided while maintaining appropriate social distance.

For more information, click here.

 Update: 3/20/20

Dallas County Reports First Coronavirus Case in Carrollton

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) confirmed today (3/20)  that a Carrollton resident has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The patient is a resident of Dallas County and is being monitored by health officials. The City continues to coordinate with DCHHS and CDC officials to identify anyone who has come into contact with the individual for notification, testing, and treatment.

For more information, click here.

Update: 3/20/20

City Council Extends Disaster Declaration

In response to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and as a continuing effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Carrollton City Council voted to extend the existing declaration of local disaster for public health emergency through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12.

The extension of the disaster declaration allows Mayor Kevin Falconer to amend the public health order currently restricting the number of people at community gatherings to no more than 50 and social gatherings to no more than 10 through a new date of Friday, April 3.

The order also includes a restriction on restaurants, microbreweries, micro-distilleries, and wineries (with or without drive-in or drive-through services). Those establishments must close their dining rooms/public facilities but are still allowed and highly encouraged to offer takeout, drive-thru, and delivery services. Additionally, bars, lounges, taverns, private clubs, arcades, and gyms must remain closed.

Update: 3/19/20

State of Texas Declares Public Health Disaster

The Texas Department of State Health Services has determined that, as of March 19, 2020, COVID-19 represents a public health disaster within the meaning of Chapter 81 of the Texas Health and Safety Code.

The Governor has issued Executive Order No. GA-08 which provides that:

  • Every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people;

  • People shall avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; however, the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options are allowed and highly encouraged;

  • People shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance; and

  • Schools shall temporarily close. 

The order is effective 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 20 and continues until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020 or until it is either rescinded, superseded, or amended pursuant to applicable law.. 

  • To read the full Declaration of a Public Health Disaster in the State of Texas, click here

Update: 3/19/20
Public Access to City Facilities Changes in Response to Public Health Emergency; Services Available Virtually

As of 11:59 p.m. today (3/19/20), the City of Carrollton will be closing public access to all City facilities, including City Hall and Municipal Court, and focusing on virtual services for residents in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The City is committed to providing continuity of government services for Carrollton residents while helping ensure both citizens and City employees stay safe. Emergency services and trash pickup will be uninterrupted.

For emergencies, call 911; for all other inquiries, visit or call 972-466-3000.

  • For more details, including a list of available online services, click here.

 Update: 3/18/20
Carrollton Amends Public Health Order in Response to Coronavirus

The City of Carrollton has amended the public health order originally issued on Friday, March 13 prohibiting community gatherings of more than 50 people and social gatherings of more than 10 people. This amendment goes into effect 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18 and comes in response to the expanding recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This amendment also includes a restriction on restaurants, microbreweries, micro-distilleries, and wineries (with or without drive-in or drive through services). Those establishments may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-through services as allowed by law. Additionally, bars, lounges, taverns, private clubs, arcades, and gyms shall close.

The City previously issued a declaration of local disaster for public health emergency and an order to prohibit gatherings of more than 500 people effective noon Friday, March 13 through 11:59 a.m. Friday, March 20.

  •  For the City of Carrollton's Amended Order signed by Mayor Kevin Falconer, click here.

Update: 3/16/2020
Dallas County Issues Amended Public Order

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has issued an amended order on for Dallas County that includes the following:

  • Public or private Community Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited in Dallas County

  • Restaurants with or without drive-in or drive-through services and microbreweries, micro-distilleries, or wineries may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-through services as allowed by law

  • Bars, lounges, taverns, or arcades and private clubs shall close

This Order begins at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020 and shall be effective until 11 a.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020, or until it is either rescinded, superseded, or amended pursuant to applicable law.


Post Date: 3/13/2020 
NOTICE: The City of Carrollton has issued a declaration of local disaster for public health emergency and an order to prohibit gatherings of more than 500 people effective noon Friday, March 13 through Friday, March 20.

The declaration and the order comes in response to news that as of Thursday, March 12, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS), the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the community spread of COVID-19 or Coronavirus within Dallas County.

  • For the full news release, click here.
  • For the Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency Notice, Click here.
  • For Mayor Kevin Falconer's Order Prohibiting Community Gatherings of 500 Persons or More in Carrollton, Click here