Last Updated: April 1, 2020, 3:01 p.m.
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Town of Flower Mound Response
- Facility Closures and How to Conduct Town Business Online
- COVID - 19 FAQs
- Essential Business Examples
- Resources for Residents
- Resources for Businesses
- Restaurant Directory
- Special Event Cancellations
- Stay-At-Home Guide
- Police Department Response to COVID-19
Confirmed Cases in Flower Mound
As of Wednesday, April 1, Denton County Public Health Department has confirmed a total of 11 coronavirus/COVID-19 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 1.800.762.0157 for community members seeking additional information. The call center is open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Town Facility Closures
Out of an abundance of caution during this coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, Town officials have decided to close Town facilities and public restrooms to the public, effective Friday, March 20, at 5 p.m. The closure will be in effect through Monday, April 20 in accordance with the Town’s extended disaster declaration, which was approved by Town Council yesterday.
In addition to the existing closure of the Public Library, Community Activity Center, and Senior Center, the decision will also include Town Hall, Municipal Court, Animal Adoption Center, Police Department Lobby, all Fire Station lobbies, and the lobby of the Operations and Maintenance Building. Town employees were notified via email about the upcoming closure.
The majority of Town employees will still be working at the facilities during the closure.
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.
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 Sunday, March 15. On Thursday, March 19, the Town Council unanimously approved the extension of the disaster declaration until April 20 and the postponement of the May 2 General Election to November 3, 2020.
Following the Town Council’s unanimous approval of extending the current disaster declaration during the March 19 special meeting, Flower Mound Mayor Steve Dixon formally signed an amended declaration on Friday, March 20 and a second amended declaration on Monday, 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 new County mandates.
The third amended disaster declaration will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 and will last through Monday, April 20 to continue keeping the community’s health and safety top priority during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and to prevent overwhelming area hospitals and healthcare workers.
If the Town feels it is in the best interest of citizens to discontinue the measures, it could be discontinued earlier than April 20 by Mayor Dixon. Conversely, the disaster declaration could be extended beyond April 20 via Council approval, depending upon the situation of the virus.
The amended declaration formally mandates the following:
- All individuals currently living within the Town of Flower Mound are ordered to STAY AT HOME or their current place of residence. For the purposes of this Order, residences include hotels, motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably as possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence. All persons may leave their residences only for Essential Activities, travel to businesses outside of the Town of Flower Mound, provide or perform Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses, as defined below.
- All businesses operating within the Town of Flower Mound, except Essential Businesses as defined below, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the Town of Flower Mound. To the greatest extent possible, all Essential Businesses shall comply with the Social Distancing Guideline set forth by the CDC, including maintaining six-foot social distancing for both employees and the general public.
- All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited except the gathering of members of a household or living unit (an apartment or house for use by one family).
Allows restaurants, micro-breweries, micro-distilleries, or wineries to provide take-out, delivery, or drive-thru services in accordance with County and State restrictions.
Temporarily closures of bars, lounges, taverns, private clubs, arcades, gyms, commercial amusement establishments, bingo halls, theaters, movie theaters, gymnastic studios, martial arts studios, gyms, private clubs, hair and nail salons and barber shops, estheticians and related personal care businesses, spas, massage parlors, tattoo and piercing parlors, tanning salons, residential meeting spaces, event centers, hotel meeting spaces and ballrooms, outdoor plazas and markets, malls and retail stores that do not sell essential household goods in accordance with County and State restrictions.
Allows grocery stores, stores selling household goods, convenience and package stores, pharmacies and drug stores, day care facilities, medical facilities, non-profit service providers, homeless and emergency shelters, office buildings, essential government buildings, airports and transit facilities, transportation systems, resident buildings and hotels, and manufacturing and distribution facilities to remain open.
All elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures are prohibited anywhere in the Town of Flower Mound. Hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental offices, and other medical facilities are directed to identify procedures that are deemed “elective” by assessing which procedures can be postponed or canceled based on patient risk considering the emergency need for the redirection of resources to COVID-19 response.
Orders members of a household of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 to isolate at home. Members of the household cannot go to work, school, or any other community function until cleared by a medical professional.
Nursing homes, retirement, and long-term care facilities are instructed by this order to prohibit non-essential visitors from accessing their facilities unless to provide critical assistance or for end-of-life visitation.
Public and private schools and institutions of higher education are instructed by this order to review and update their Emergency Management Plans at least 72 hours before students return to a classroom setting.
Prohibits in-person worship services, provided that staff can work on-site to produce audio/video services for transmission to the public.
Temporarily suspends the Town from issuing solicitor permits and revokes current solicitor permits.
Residents may leave their home for “Essential Activities” including:
- To engage in activities or perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or that of their family or household members (including pets and livestock). Examples include obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies need to work from home.
To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves, their family, or household members, or to deliver those services or supplies to others. Examples include purchasing food, pet supplies, any other household consumer products, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.
To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet, except as family units (walking, biking, hiking, running, etc.). Use of public playground equipment is prohibited.
To perform work providing essential products and services at an Essential Business (www.flower-mound.com/essentialbusinesses) or to carry out activities permitted explicitly in this Order.
- To care for a family member or pet in another household.
A list of “Essential Businesses” as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce Memorandum is listed in the third amended declaration at https://bit.ly/33J2JnR and at www.flower-mound.com/essentialbusinesses.
Denton County Response
Denton County Judge Andy Eads issued a new executive order for disaster declaration on Tuesday, March 24 that went into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25 and will last through Tuesday, April 7 at 11:59 p.m. Judge Eads stated the Court will look at extended this order on a weekly basis. This order mandates:
- All individuals currently living within Denton County are ordered to STAY AT HOME or their current place of residence. For the purposes of this Order, residences include hotels, motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably as possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence. All persons may leave their residences only for Essential Activities, travel to businesses outside Denton County, provide or perform Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses, all as defined in Section 2 of the order.
- All businesses operating within Denton County, except Essential Businesses as defined in Section 2, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within Denton County. For clarity, businesses may continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their residences (i.e. working from home). To the greatest extent possible, all Essential Businesses shall comply with the Social Distancing Guidelines attached, including maintaining six-foot social distancing for both employees and the public.
- All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited.
- Restaurants and beverage bars with or without drive-in or drive-thru services and microbreweries, micro-distilleries, or wineries may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-thru services as allowed by law.
- All elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures are prohibited anywhere in Denton County. Hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental offices, and other medical facilities are directed to identify procedures that are deemed "elective" by assessing which procedures can be postponed or canceled based on patient risk considering the emergency need for the redirection of resources to COVID-19 response.
- Restaurants and beverage bars with or without drive-in or drive-through services and microbreweries, micro-distilleries, or wineries may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-thru services as allowed by law.
- Religious and worship services may only be provided by video and teleconference. Religious institutions must limit in-person staff to 10 people or less when preparing for or conducting video or teleconference services, and all individuals must follow the Social Distancing Guidelines, including the six-foot social distancing.
For more information, view the press release.
State of Texas Response
On March 31, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a new executive order that will be in effect through midnight, Thursday, April 30 that mandates the following:
- No gatherings greater than 10 people
- Schools shall remain temporarily closed until May 4
- No dine-in eating/drinking at bars and restaurants
- Gyms closed
- No visiting nursing homes except for critical care
- Follow social distancing and hygiene recommendations
The Governor’s mandates are in effect for all of Texas.
How to Help Prevent the Spread of the Virus
To prevent the spread of the coronavirus and other infectious illnesses, please follow good hygiene practices including:
- Wash hands often, for 20 seconds and encourage others to do the same.
- If no soap and water are available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, knobs, and other frequently-touched places.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
What to do if you feel sick
Patients diagnosed with COVID-19 report mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms of COVID-19 may show up 2-14 days after exposure and may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
General population: If you are in generally good health and have a mild illness, stay home, and take care of yourself like you would for the flu. If symptoms worsen, call your doctor.
At-Risk Populations: If you are 65 years or older and/or have other medical problems like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer – and have fever or symptoms – call your doctor. If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home. Follow your physician’s instructions or refer to CDC guidance for how to take care of yourself at home. Follow CDC instructions for how to take care of yourself at home.
Your doctor will help make the decision whether you should get tested for coronavirus. Some public health labs in Texas are now testing, and local or regional health departments must approve each test.
If you plan to take any trips soon, in or outside the U.S., please always check the CDC website for guidance, and plan accordingly. The guidance is changing almost daily.
Working with the Public
Many of us work with the public and we want to provide information and resources that can help you. Please use the CDC and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Coronavirus webpages as reliable sources of information. Those websites will also list helpful tips specific to the workplace, like keeping commonly used surfaces such as doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks, wiped down by employees before each use.
It’s important facemasks and other personal protective equipment are available for healthcare providers. People who are well do not need to wear a mask in public so the DSHS discourages “stocking up” on facemasks. If you are a health worker or you care for someone in close settings (such as at home or in a healthcare facility), you should wear a facemask. Again, you do not need to wear a mask if you are well.