Essential Businesses for
Dallas County amended the "Shelter-in-Place" order to take effect Monday, March 23, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Order requires all individuals anywhere in Dallas County to shelter in place – that is, stay at home – except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing.
The question this order brings is what businesses are essential? Below is the list of all businesses that are considered "essential" that are allowed to stay operational during the emergency order.
Mental Health providers
Substance abuse services and providers
Home-based and residential-base for seniors, adults, and children
Health and welfare services
All essential government functions should be performed in compliance with social distancing of six (6) feet.
Residential and Commercial construction
Roads and Highways
Solid waste collection and removal
Telecommunications systems (global, national, and local for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services)
Defense and National security-related operations
Manufacturing operations as long as compliant with social distancing requirements of six (6) feet
Food service providers
Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services to residents
Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food
Only for delivery and takeout
Schools and other entities that provide food to students and members of the public
Only for pick-up and take-away basis
Laundry service providers
Auto and bicycle repair
Basic Necessities for Economically Disadvantaged
Maintain Essential Operations of Residences
Trash and Recycling collection
Processing and disposal
Mail and shipping services
Building cleaning and maintenance
Warehouse/distribution and fulfilment
Storage for essential businesses
Other services who provide services for safety, sanitation and essential operations for residences and essential businesses
Other media services
Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted.
The businesses listed above have the option to remain operational. For a few businesses, the extra step of minimum social distancing of six (6) feet would be compliant.
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