Rockwall County Judge David Sweet has issued a Shelter In Place order for all Rockwall County residents. The order goes into effect tonight at 11:59 PM. The order was issued at a special emergency meeting of the Rockwall County Commissioners Court this morning. The order is effective until April 15th.
A shelter-in-place means that all residents must stay at home and all non-essential businesses must close in-person operations. Businesses that are considered essential include hospitals, television, gas stations, grocery stores and daycares.
A lot of our readers are wondering what Rockwall County has defined as “essential businesses”. We have received a copy of the Rockwall County order and the section of the order defining “essential businesses” is below.
b. For purposes of this Order, “Essential Businesses” means:
i. Essential Healthcare Operations. These include healthcare operations, including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers,
mental health providers, substance abuse service providers, blood banks, medical research, laboratory services, or any related and/or ancillary healthcare services; home-based and residential-based care for seniors, adults, or children are also considered healthcare operations; healthcare operations also includes veterinary care and all health and welfare services
provided to animals. This exemption shall be viewed broadly to avoid any impacts to the delivery of healthcare. Healthcare operations do not include fitness and exercise gyms and similar facilities. Healthcare operations do not include elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures as established in accordance with Subsection 1(f) of this Order.
Essential Government Functions. All services provided by local governments needed to ensure the continuing operation of the government agenciesto provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public. Further, nothing in this order shall prohibit any individual from performing or accessing “Essential Government Functions.” All Essential Government
Functions shall be performed in compliance with social distancing requirements of six feet, to the extent possible.
Essential Critical Infrastructure. Work necessary to the operations and maintenance of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors as identified by the National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA)including public works construction, residential and commercial construction and sales, airport operations, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and
highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet, and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services), financial institutions, defense and national security-related operations,
essential manufacturing operations provided that they carry out those services or that work in compliance with social distancing requirements of six feet, to the extent possible. Essential Businesses providing essential infrastructure should implement screening precautions to protect employees and all activity shall be performed in compliance with social distancing guidelines attached.
Essential Retail, Production and Manufacturing Facilities. These include food service providers, including grocery stores, food manufacturers, food providers, warehouse stores, big-box stores, bodegas, gas stations and conveniencestores, farmers’ markets that sell food products and household staples; food cultivation, including farming, fishing, and livestock; businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences; restaurants and other facilities that
prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or carry out; schools and other entities that typically provide free services to students or members of the public on a pick-up and take-away basis only (the restriction of delivery or carry out does not apply to cafes and restaurants located within hospital and medical facilities); laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry
service providers; gas stations, auto-supply, auto and bicycle repair and sales, hardwarestores, and related facilities, and; businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home.
Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations. Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.
Essential Services Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential Businesses. These include trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal, mail and shipping services, building cleaning, maintenance and security, warchouse/distribution and fulfillment, storage for essential businesses, funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries; plumbers, mechanics, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide servicesthat are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of residences and Essential Businesses; professional services, such as legal or accounting services, stock brokers, realtors, financial advisors, title companies and insurance services; businesses that supply other essential businesses with support or supplies needed to operate.
Supplies for Essential Businesses, Critical infrastructure and Essential Government Functions. These include businesses that supply other Essential Businesses, Critical Infrastructure, and Essential Government Functions with support or supplies necessary to operate, including but not limited to computers, computer components, audio and
video electronics, hardware, paint, electrical and plumbing material, sanitary equipment, and food and beverages.
News Media. These include newspapers, television, radio, and other media services.
Childcare Services. These include childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted.