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.
The order allows for people to leave their homes for getting necessary items like medicine and groceries and to care for sick relatives, but otherwise must stay in their households.
Failure to comply is punishable by a fine up to $1,000 and/or 18 months in confinement.
Businesses not outlined in the essential businesses section(listed below) may continue to operate as long as employees or contractors work from home.
People may continue to get take-out, delivery or drive-thru services from restaurants, micro-breweries, micro-distilleries and wineries, according to the order.
The order does permit people to do activities, such as walking, biking, hiking or running, outdoors as long as people maintain social distancing requirements.
All elective medical, dental, or cosmetic procedures are also ordered to be postponed until the order is lifted.
Dallas Morning News created a list of what’s considered essential business and industry. These are guidelines from the Dallas County Order. Once the text of the Rockwall County order is made available we will verify that Rockwall County’s order is the same.
You can find the full text of the order below: