How closures of bars and dine-in restaurants will work in Dallas and Fort Worth

Update at 6:25 p.m., March 22, 2020: Dallas County has issued a shelter-in-place judgment that starts at 11:59 p.m. on March 23 and lasts through April 3. The County Commissioners are expected to extend the order after April 3.

The mandate states that all companies that are not considered material must cease operations. However, restaurants (and grocery stores, as well as farmer’s markets and liquor stores) are considered “must-have,” which means they can continue to offer takeout, delivery and takeout.

We will keep updating this story.

Update at 12:50 p.m. March 19, 2020: Governor Greg Abbott announced the temporary closure of all restaurants in the state of Texas. Restaurants can continue to offer delivery, pick-up, and transit. Ordering starts at the end of the day on March 20th and lasts through April 3rd.

Restaurant and bar owners whose cities or counties submitted emergency declarations after April 3, must follow them.

Original story, written on March 17, 2020 and updated with the latest orders from Dallas County Governor Abbott and Justice Clay Jenkins:

On March 16, President Donald Trump urged Americans “not to eat or drink in bars, restaurants and public food courts” in order to minimize the spread of the new coronavirus.

About two hours later, the city of Dallas and Dallas County issued emergency regulations that dramatically affect the way bars and restaurants function. Facilities such as bars and lounges that do not serve food will have to temporarily close. Restaurants are not allowed to have customers dine in their facilities, but can remain open and offer drive-through, delivery and ridesharing options.

Tarrant County introduced similar restrictions on March 18. Tarrant County’s bars and restaurants have been ordered to offer to-go and non-dine-in delivery.

By March 19, the Texas governor issued an order to close all restaurants. Restaurants can continue to sell take-out, delivery and drive-thru groceries. Starting March 24th, Dallas County residents will be asked to seek refuge.

Send an email to [email protected] if you have any questions about how the coronavirus emergency statements work in relation to restaurants and bars. We will try to answer your questions.

George Sanchez, owner of the Goldrush Cafe, looks outside his window and waits for customers in Dallas on March 16, 2020.  The outbreak of the new coronavirus has caused Sanchez to turn to to-go orders.  Hours after Sanchez was photographed, Mayor Eric Johnson ordered restaurants to dine near customers.

Where are restaurants closed?

Dine-in restaurants are closing throughout the state of Texas. However, you can offer transit, takeout or delivery.

Doctors look at a lung CT image in a hospital in Xiaogan, China.

Why were these decisions made?

Officials who follow the recommendations of the federal government say they need to protect their citizens. The “spread of the coronavirus in the community” – which means people have become infected with the virus without having traveled to an affected area – is a major concern.

“Public health was at the center of our discussions,” said Eric Johnson, Dallas Mayor. “The message we heard was consistent: act early, act aggressively, act in the public health first.”

Ambassador Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, said during a March 16 press conference that the White House “urges all Americans to take these steps to protect one another and ensure the virus does not spread”.

Across the country, state and city governments have made sweeping changes to keep people in check – and that means largely keeping them away from restaurants and bars. Ten other states and major cities including Denver have ordered closings related to restaurants.

An illustration image received from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on February 27, 2020 shows the coronavirus COVID-19.

Are public health experts saying it’s okay to pick up groceries at a restaurant?

Only if you have to. But think twice about it, says Dr. Bijal Balasubramanian, epidemiologist and regional dean of the UTHealth School of Public Health on the Dallas campus. First, consider other options, such as: B. Cooking at home.

“We’re not saying it’s okay to leave,” says Balasubramanian. “We say stay home as often as possible. But if you need something to eat, go to a drive-through or pick yourself up. “

She says to take the same approach when you are low on food: only go when you need supplies.

The parking lot at Central Market on Lovers Lane in Dallas on Saturday.  The purchase of staple foods in grocery stores has increased due to the coronavirus.

How long will it take?

A handwritten sign tells Starbucks customers that they are open even though the dining room is closed.A handwritten sign tells Starbucks customers that they are open even though the dining room is closed.(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)

Governor Abbott’s order will go into effect on March 20 at 11:59 p.m. and will last until April 3.

The City of Dallas Emergency Rules have been extended to April 29, which means restaurant and bar owners must follow both the state order by April 3 and the city order by April 29.

The order from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins runs from March 23 to April 3 at 11:59 p.m. It is expected to be extended.

Rocky Vaz, the city's emergency management director, and Dr.  Philip Huang, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, take their seats as a video conference is set up on a screen prior to a meeting of the Dallas City Council at City Hall on Wednesday.  March 18, 2020 in Dallas.  The council held a special session to vote on whether to extend the mayor's disaster declaration.  Many council members participated via video feed.

Who will enforce the closings?

According to the governor’s office, the statewide order is expected to be enforced by local health inspectors and the police.

What if restaurants or bars break the rules?

The fines will come from local jurisdictions. In Dallas, the city says a person who breaks these regulations could be fined $ 50 and $ 2,000 if convicted.

Are Grocery Stores Affected?

No. None of the city or county mandates have proposed closing grocery stores. If anything, grocers are trying to hire more staff. Retail reporter Maria Halkias recently wrote in a story: “The CEOs of the big chains had a conference call with the White House on Sunday saying they were determined to stay open, but they also asked President Donald Trump to go to the Americans say they should stop hoarding goods. “

In the Dallas County Order for Refuge, grocery stores were considered “essential business”.

Can food trucks still drive?

Yes. A Dallas spokesman tells customers to stay 6 feet away from anyone else.

The operators of the Easy Slider Food Truck wrote on Facebook that it was them The operators of the Easy Slider Food Truck posted on Facebook that they have been “overwhelmed” by requests for the truck since the Dallas Mayor’s decree. (Jerry McClure / Special Contributor)

Can donut shops, cafés, sandwich shops and ice cream parlors stay open?

Yes, with reservations. Fast-casual stores like bakeries, cafes, sandwich shops, and the like can still sell take-away, delivery, and pick-up groceries. However, customers cannot sit inside or outside.

What about bars with no food? Are you open


Can I still eat in the restaurant? As?

Consumers can order takeaway, delivery, or drive-through groceries at any restaurant they serve. And many are. Here is a list of restaurants that focus on touch-free delivery and other novel ideas.

Ellerbe Fine Foods in Fort Worth offers roadside grocery collection.

Can breweries and wineries be operated? How about some wine shops?

In Dallas County, breweries, wineries, and wineries are only available for take away.

Interestingly, wine stores could see sales spike as we are all told to crouch and stay home.

Bar & Garden on Ross Avenue saw sales increase.

What other types of facilities are affected?

Klyde Warren Park is nearly empty on March 16, 2020 as the Dallasites stay home to fight the spread of COVID-19.Klyde Warren Park is nearly empty on March 16, 2020 as the Dallasites stay home to fight the spread of COVID-19.(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)

According to our story, Abbott’s Executive Ordinance limits social gatherings to fewer than 10 people and prevents people from visiting nursing homes and old people’s homes unless they provide “critical assistance,” he said.

All schools in the state will be temporarily closed.

The city of Dallas had already closed recreation centers, libraries and cultural institutions over concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.

The Dallas County’s mandate, which begins at 11:59 p.m. on March 23, also does not include grocery stores, liquor stores, hospitals or clinics, key government functions, garbage disposal or childcare. It prohibits weddings and church services. Elective surgeries and dental work will be postponed.

NorthPark and Galleria Dallas had announced a few days earlier that they would be temporarily closing.

Shoppers will have to wait a while to see Bloom Men, a new exhibition of floral menswear from the 1700s to 1970s at the NorthPark Center until May 17.  The clothing comes from the Texas Fashion Collection of the College of Visual Arts & the University of North Texas Design.

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