Dallas: What does Dallas County's shelter-at-home order mean

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What does Dallas County's shelter-at-home order mean?
 
According to the new law, shelter-at-home means Dallas County residents should leave home only for essential activities, for example, an appointment with the doctor or grocery store work. Working residents are encouraged to stay at home only. Only special Employees like those working in the health care department, public works, banks, and public transportation are allowed to go out.
 
The order from the state clears that  "all individuals currently living within Dallas County are ordered to shelter at their place of residence," unless doing an "essential activity" (going to the grocery store or getting other necessary supplies, exercising while complying with social distancing, going to work, or caring for another family member or pet).
 
The order further adds that "All businesses operating within Dallas County, except Essential Businesses...are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the county,". All essential businesses must FOLLOW social distancing AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
 
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins explained essential businesses as only Essential Healthcare Operations (hospitals, dentists, pharmacies, etc.), Essential Government Functions (services provided by local governments), Essential Critical Infrastructure (operations from the 16 critical infrastructure sectors as identified by the National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency), Essential Retail (grocery stores, warehouse stores, liquor stores, gas stations, businesses that supply products for people to work from home, etc.), businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services for the economically disadvantaged, Essential Services Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations (trash and recycling collection, processing, and disposal, funeral homes, plumbers, etc.), News Media, and Childcare Services.
 
"Public works construction, residential and commercial construction, airport operations, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet, and telecommunications systems - including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services - financial institutions, defense and national security-related operations, essential manufacturing operations provided that they carry out those services or that work in compliance with social distancing requirements,".
 
Worship services limited to video or teleconferencing. Churches must limit their staff to 10 or fewer people only on-site. DART buses and trains will continue to run.
 
This order starts at midnight Monday and will hold through at least April 3 until further notice. It is punishable offense by a fine or jail time.
 
Anyone living in Dallas County will have to follow these orders, said Judge Jenkins.

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