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Posted on: February 28, 2020

Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19), Health and Safety

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View Town, County, State, and Federal COVID-19 information.

Effective July 2, 2020: Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others. 

"Wearing a face covering in public is proven to be one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so that Texans can continue to earn a paycheck, but it requires each of us to do our part to protect one another—and that means wearing a face covering in public spaces. Likewise, large gatherings are a clear contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Restricting the size of groups gatherings will strengthen Texas’ ability to corral this virus and keep Texans safe. We all have a responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. If Texans commit to wearing face coverings in public spaces and follow the best health and safety practices, we can both slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep Texas open for business. I urge all Texans to wear a face covering in public, not just for their own health, but for the health of their families, friends, and for all our fellow Texans.”

Effective June 19, 2020 and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on August 4, 2020, unless modified, Dallas County ordered individuals to wear masks or maintain social distancing when visiting businesses in Dallas County.  The County Commissioners imposed the additional restriction to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  The mandatory Order includes a $500 civil fine against businesses not adhering to the requirement.

Under the new order, businesses in the county that provide goods or services directly to the public are required to develop a health and safety policy (Town of Highland Park policy). At minimum, that policy must require all employees and visitors to wear face coverings in areas where maintaining six-foot separation cannot be guaranteed.  These businesses must also post a sign in a prominent place that communicates the mandatory requirement to employees and customers.

The order provides all people 10 years or older shall wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in a public place where it is difficult to keep six feet away from other people or working in areas that involve close proximity with other coworkers.

Individuals may contact the Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS), – Communicable Disease by calling 214-819-2004 (after hours 214-819-2004 or 877-605-2660) to submit a complaint of a business possibly not adhering to the order.  Complaints received by the Town will be submitted to DCHHS. 

The landing page on the Town’s website for COVID-19 information is www.hptx.org/COVID19. Given the frequent updates surround the pandemic, the web page is frequently updated to include the latest information. If you wish to be notified of updates to the COVID-19 web page, you may sign up to receive Notify Me alerts.

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