Last Updated: September 17, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
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Town of Flower Mound Response
Town Information Links
- Facility Closures and How to Conduct Town Business Online
- Facility Reopening Dates
- Police Department Response to COVID-19
- Special Event Cancellations
Confirmed Cases in Flower Mound
As of Wednesday, August 26, the Town will no longer post daily updates of COVID-19 confirmed cases, recoveries, and active cases on this webpage due to the uncertainty of the numbers. In August, the Texas Department of Health Services reported a backlog of more than 500,000 cases that were attributed to coding errors. The backlog created confusion with the State’s online dashboard and showed sudden changes in testing, case numbers, and the State’s positivity rate. As a result of the backlog, Denton and Tarrant Counties received hundreds of positive tests that were previously unreported that are older than a week, dating back to June. In addition, Denton County’s positivity rate was removed from its site since it relied on numbers supplied from DSHS and is therefore invalid.
- To view the Flower Mound-specific statistics on Denton County’s website, please visit www.dentoncounty.gov/covidstats.
- To view the Tarrant County statistics for the portion of the County that lies within Flower Mound, please visit https://www.tarrantcounty.com/en/public-health/disease-control---prevention/coronaviruas.html.
Flower Mound received its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on March 22. On April 16, the first Flower Mound resident passed away from COVID-19. The patient was a Flower Mound male resident in his 60s who was previously reported hospitalized and contracted the virus through local transmission. These confirmed case numbers are not merely statistics, but fellow community members who are fighting a tough battle. Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time. Please continue to follow CDC guidelines to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Recovered Cases in Flower Mound
Unfortunately, due to privacy laws around personal medical information, that is all the information surrounding this news the Town can share. For additional questions, please contact the Denton County Public Health Department, which has set-up a hotline at 940.349.2585 for community members seeking additional information. The call center is open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Staying Connected to Public Health Officials
The Town of Flower Mound follows the guidelines and recommendations set forth by the Denton County Public Health Department, Texas Department of State Health Services, and the CDC. In addition, the Town’s Emergency Management Office is in daily communication with the Denton County Public Health Department and other health partners to ensure the Town has the latest information and is proactively protecting residents and Town staff.
Town Facility Reopenings
On Monday, May 18, Town facilities began reopening to the public. Reopening dates are subject to change, depending upon State mandates.
Residents are encouraged to continue conducting Town business online when possible and if it is necessary to meet with staff, to make appointments in advance. While visiting Town facilities and amenities, it is important to practice social distancing. Find out how you can conduct Town business online.
Previous Actions Taken by Mayor and Town Council
Due to the first presumptive positive case of coronavirus/COVID-19 in Denton County, Flower Mound Mayor Steve Dixon first signed a disaster declaration (https://bit.ly/33sl74w) for the Town of Flower Mound on March 15. On March 19, the Town Council unanimously approved the extension of the disaster declaration until April 20 and postponed the May 2 General Election to November 3, 2020.
Following the Town Council’s voted to approve the disaster declaration extension, Mayor Steve Dixon signed an amended declaration on March 20 and a second amended declaration on March 23. Due to the County’s March 24 Executive Order, Mayor Dixon followed suit with a third amended declaration to ensure the Town was in compliance with the County mandates.
On the last day of the third amended disaster declaration, April 20, Mayor Steve Dixon formally signed a fourth-amended disaster declaration that aligned with current State and County stay-at-home mandates.
On April 28, Flower Mound Mayor Steve Dixon formally signed a fifth-amended disaster declaration that aligns with the new State of Texas mandates Gov. Abbott announced on Monday to safely and strategically open Texas in a phased approach while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. To view the Town of Flower Mound’s fifth amended disaster declaration, which expired May 18, please visit https://bit.ly/2Wb9viU.
Denton County Response
- Denton County COVID-19 Hotline: 940.349.2585 (Open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
- DentonCounty.gov/COVIDstats - Interactive maps, charts, and data divided by zip code, city, or unincorporated area, and recovered counts by city
- DentonCounty.gov/COVID19 - local COVID-19 information, previous press releases, and additional recommendations for community members and healthcare providers
Previous Denton County Mandates
Denton County issued a Disaster Declaration that expired on May 15, 2020 that stated:
- The Denton County Emergency Operations Plan and the Denton County Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Plan shall remain activated through the end of the COVID-19 disaster.
- As allowed by Local Government Code 262.024, exempt bidding requirements for the purpose of purchasing items necessary to preserve or protect the public health or safety of the residents of the county. This exemption shall remain in effect until a time when the Disaster Declaration is lifted.
- Nothing in this Order is intended to impose restrictions inconsistent with Order GA-18 or any other subsequent order issued by the Governor in effect relating to COVID-19. Please visit www.gov.texas.gov/news to read the current Executive Orders of the Governor.
- To the greatest extent possible, all businesses and residents shall comply with the Social Distancing Guideline set forth by the CDC and Governor’s Report to Open Texas dated April 27, 2020. (www.gov.texas.gov/opentexas)
State of Texas Response
September 17 State of Texas Update
Governor Abbott has issued Executive Orders Nos. GA-30 and GA-31, allowing most of Texas to take the next step in reopening due to the decline of COVID-19 throughout much of the state. During his press conference, there were three main updates to the current guidelines:
- Starting Monday, September 21, all restaurants, retailers, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms, museums, and libraries will be able to expand their maximum capacity from 50 to 75 percent capacity.
- Hospitals may schedule elective procedures
- All nursing, State-supported living centers, assisted living and long-term care facilities will be allowed to open for visiting, as long as they comply with the State’s health protocols and do not have a COVID-19 outbreak within the facility, as early as Thursday, September 24.
Bars are still not allowed to reopen at this time, although the governor said his team is still trying to find a way to safely reopen them soon. Several other types of businesses will remain at 50 percent capacity for now, including wedding reception venues, movie theaters, amusement parks and waterparks, bowling alleys, fine arts performance halls, video game facilities, zoos, aquariums, natural caverns and more.
Gov. Abbott is relying most heavily on hospitalization data when making decisions and reiterated it has always been his goal to contain COVID-19, minimize its harm, and to prevent our medical system from being overwhelmed. He stated he would be using the benchmark of 15 percent of hospitalizations being COVID-19 patients for seven consecutive days to determine if the virus was adequately contained within that region. Three regions near the Texas’ southern border do not meet this threshold and will maintain current State mandates.
Gov. Abbott did not address his statewide mask order in today’s press conference other than to say that wearing masks, social distancing, and other CDC-recommended sanitation protocols were responsible for the state’s downtrends in hospitalization and positivity rates.
For a complete list of current restrictions and protocols, visit https://open.texas.gov/.
July 2 State of Texas Update
Governor Abbott issued Executive Order No. GA-29, requiring Texans residing in counties with more than 20 COVID-19 cases to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth while in a commercial space, public building, or in an outdoor setting that does not allow for six feet of social distancing, with few exceptions. The statewide order goes into effect at 12:01 p.m. on Friday, July 3.
The face-covering requirement does not apply to the following:
- Children under 10 years old
- Anyone with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering
- Eating or drinking, or seated in a restaurant to eat or drink
- Exercising or engaging in physical activity outdoors (as long as distance is maintained)
- Driving alone or with passengers from the same household
- Obtaining a service that requires temporary removal of the face covering for security surveillance, screening or a need for specific access to the face (i.e. visiting a bank or obtaining a personal care service involving the face), but only to the extent necessary for the temporary removal
- While in a swimming pool, lake or similar body of water
- Voting, assisting a voter, serving as a poll watcher or actively administering an election (though a face covering is strongly encouraged)
- Actively providing or obtaining access to religious worship (though a face covering is strongly encouraged)
- Giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience
Not excepted from the requirement are those attending a protest or demonstration involving more than 10 people who are not practicing safe social distancing of six feet from people outside their household.
Following a verbal or written warning for a first-time violation, the order includes a fine of up to $250 for subsequent violations. In addition, mayors and county judges can impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people. To view the Executive Order, please visit https://bit.ly/2BZDl3G.
June 26 State of Texas Update
On June 26, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order No. GA-28 limiting certain businesses and services, as part of the State’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. The order includes the following:
- All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51 percent of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12 p.m. on Friday, June 26. These businesses may remain open for takeout and delivery, including for alcoholic beverages.
- Restaurants may remain open for dine-in services, but at a capacity not to exceed 50 percent of the total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29.
- Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
- Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.
June 3 State of Texas Update
On June 3, Governor Greg Abbott announced the third phase of the State of Texas’ ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase III, all businesses in Texas will be able to operate at up to 50 percent capacity, with very limited exceptions. In addition, businesses that previously have been been able to operate at 100 percent capacity may continue to do so, and most outdoor areas are not subject to capacity limits.
Via Executive Order, the following services and businesses may open under Phase III:
Effective June 3
- Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with less than 1,000 confirmed positive cases at 50 percent capacity
- Restaurants may expand maximum table size from 6 to 10 persons
Effective June 19
- Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with more than 1,000 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 may open at 50 percent capacity
All businesses should continue to follow the minimum standard health and safety protocols from the Department of State Health Services. For details and a full list of guidelines, openings, and relevant dates, visit www.gov.texas.gov/opentexas.
May 5 State of Texas Update
Per the Governor’s announcement, wedding venues and services required to conduct weddings may immediately open. Weddings held indoors other than at a church, congregation, or house of worship must limit occupancy to 25 percent. Wedding reception services may also resume, but facilities must limit their occupancy to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy. These occupancy limits do not apply to the outdoor areas of a wedding reception or to outdoor wedding receptions.
Beginning May 8, cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons and shops, and other establishments where licensed cosmetologists or barbers practice their trade, may open, but all such salons, shops, and establishments must ensure at least six feet of social distancing between operating work stations. Tanning salons may also reopen under the same limitation. Also starting May 8, swimming pools may open subject to certain limitations, including on their occupancy or operating levels.
Beginning May 18, office buildings may open with the greater of five or less individuals or 25 percent of the total office workforce. These individuals must maintain appropriate social distancing. Gyms, exercise facilities, and exercise classes may also open on May 18, but must operate at 25 percent occupancy. Locker rooms and shower facilities will remain closed, but restrooms may open. Non-essential manufacturing services may also open on May 18 but facilities must limit their occupancy to 25 percent.
These newly opened services are subject to recommended minimum standard health protocols outlined by DSHS. These protocols will be available on the Open Texas webpage.
April 27 State of Texas Update
On Monday, April 27, Governor Abbott unveiled "The Governor’s Report to Open Texas" and three executive orders as the process continues for reopening Texas.This detailed report helps Texans understand phase one by outlining the new protocols, guidance, and recommendations. The report also includes a series of Open Texas Checklists that outline DSHS’ minimum standard health protocols for all Texans.
Governor’s Executive Orders issued Monday, April 27:
- GA-18: Relating to the expanded reopening of services as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.
- GA-19: Relating to hospital capacity during the COVID-19 disaster.
- GA-20: Relating to expanding travel without restrictions as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.
By way of Executive Order (GA-18), all retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, and malls were permitted to reopen on Friday, May 1. These services must limit their capacity to 25 percent of their listed occupancy. Within shopping malls, the food-court dining areas, play areas, and interactive displays and settings must remain closed.
All museums and libraries may open under the same 25 percent occupancy limitation, but interactive areas of museums must remain closed. State libraries and museums will open by May 1, and local public museums and libraries may reopen only if permitted by the local government. Single-person offices may reopen as well.
Churches and places of worship remain open. Outdoor sports are allowed to resume so long as no more than four participants are playing together at one time. Certain social distancing practices must also be followed. Local government operations, including county and municipal government operations relating to permitting, recordation, and document-filing services, may reopen as determined by the local government.
DSHS has recommended minimum standard health protocols for all individuals, all employers and employees, as well as industry-specific protocols for retailers, retail customers, restaurants, restaurant patrons, movie theaters, movie theater customers, museums and libraries, museum and library visitors, outdoor sports participants, single-person offices, and low COVID-19 counties.
Essential services such as farmers and ranchers, grocery and drug stores, banks, and gas stations will continue to operate. Nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities must remain closed to visitors unless to provide critical assistance.
During the press conference, the Governor also announced a new statewide testing and contact tracing program. Developed and implemented by DSHS, this program will help identify individuals who have contracted COVID-19 and those who may need to quarantine or be tested due to potential exposure. This phased implementation will allow Texans to box in the virus and slow, or even stop, further spread. More details about the contact tracing program are available in the Governor’s Report to Open Texas beginning on page 16.