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HUNT COUNTY SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER

In the interest of aiding the public in determining what activities they may and may not participate in outside of their residences during this time of Shelter in Place we have compiled the below list of allowable and not allowable activities.

In general, all persons may leave their residences only for Essential Activities, or to provide or perform Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses (as defined in Section 3 of Hunt County Commissioners Court Resolution No. 16,029).

All businesses operating in Hunt County, except Essential Businesses and critical infrastructure industries (as defined and references in Section 3 of Hunt County Commissioners Court Resolution No. 16,029), are required to cease all activities at facilities located within in the county.

“Essential” and “Critical” businesses may consider providing a letter to employees who are subject to the exemptions of Hunt County Commissioners Court Resolution No. 16,029 to allow for travel to, from and in support of Essential or Critical work activities.

This list is based on Hunt County’s current understanding of State and Federal Law and will be updated as new questions are submitted.  If you have a question about allowable activities during this time, please submit the same through the link on the County’s COVID-19 page.

Added as of 3:00 pm on March 24, 2020 (Version 2)

Please remember that for any business or activity allowed during this time all business should be conducted an all action taken, to the strictest extent possible, in compliance with the social distancing guidelines published by the County.

The Hunt County Shelter In Place Order applies to businesses in Hunt County and residents of Hunt County.   If you reside in Hunt County and work in a non-Essential Business (as Essential Business is defined in Hunt County Commissioners Court Resolution No. 16,029) in a County that does not have a Shelter In Place Order (no matter how titled) then you should send a copy of the Hunt County order to your employer and inform them that as a resident of Hunt County you are under the direction of the Hunt County Shelter In Place order and must comply.  If you reside in Hunt County and work in an Essential Business (as Essential Business is defined in Hunt County Commissioners Court Resolution No. 16,029) in another county you may continue to work at that Essential Business in accordance with the terms, conditions and guidelines of the Shelter in Place order.

 

Added a of 5:00 pm on March 24, 2020 (Version 4)

“Essential” and “Critical” businesses may consider providing a letter to employees who are subject to the exemptions of Hunt County Commissioners Court Resolution No. 16,029 to allow for travel to, from and in support of Essential or Critical work activities.  If an “Essential” or “Critical” business wishes to provide such a letter it may consider including the name of the employee, the name of the business, the type of service the business provides and that the business is “Essential” and/or “Critical” under the exemptions of Hunt County Commissioners Court Resolution No. 16, 029.

 

Added as of 3:00 pm on March 25, 2020 (Version 6)

Please review Hunt County Commissioners Court Resolution No. 16,029 and this list of Frequently Asked Questions carefully before submitting a new question.  Due to the high volume of questions we are receiving we are not able to re-answer questions that have already been addressed in the Resolution or in this document.   

 

At this point “Essential” or “Critical” business credentials are permitted and encouraged (see Version 4 above with respect thereto and for suggested inclusions) but are not required.  The County trusts that our citizens will be personally responsible and will protect themselves and their community by strictly abiding by the Shelter in Place requirements without need for presentation of credentials for Essential Activities or Essential Businesses.  If personal responsibility and compliance becomes a problem the necessity of credentials will be reconsidered.

 

Allowed During Shelter In Place

Not Allowed During Shelter In Place

-Non-essential businesses may continue operations consisting ONLY of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences.

-Restaurants, microbreweries, micro-distilleries and/or wineries may provide ONLY take out, delivery or drive through services (the restriction of delivery or carry out does not apply to cafes and restaurants located within hospitals and medical facilities).

-Religious and worship services provided ONLY by video and teleconference.

-Activities and tasks essential to the health and safety of you, your family or your household members (i.e.: obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional for a non-elective reason, or obtaining supplies needed to work from home)

-Obtaining necessary services or supplies for you, your family or your household members (i.e.: food, pet supplies, other household consumer products, products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences).

-Engaging in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet (ie: walking, biking, hiking or running).

-Care for a family member or pet in another household.

-Essential healthcare operations

     - hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers, mental health providers, substance abuse providers, blood banks, medical research, laboratory services, or any related and/or ancillary healthcare services.

     - home based or residential care for seniors, adults or children.

     - veterinary care and health and welfare services provided to animals.

-Essential Government Functions

     - all services provided by local government needed to ensure the continuing operation of the government agencies to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public.

-Essential Critical Infrastructure

     - work necessary to the operations and maintenance of critical infrastructure (public works construction, residential and commercial construction, airport operations, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet, telecommunications systems, financial institutions, defense and national security-related operations, essential manufacturing operations.

     -screening precautions to protect employees should be implemented and all activity shall be performed in compliance with social distancing guidelines.

-Essential Retail

     - food service providers (grocery stores, warehouse stores, big-box stores, bodegas, liquor stores, gas stations and convenience stores, farmers’ markets that sell food products and household staples).

     - food cultivation, including farming, fishing and livestock

     - businesses that ship or delivery 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

     - laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers

     - gas stations, auto-supply, auto and bicycle repair, hardware stores and related facilities

     - 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

     - trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal

     - mail and shipping services

     - building cleaning, maintenance and security

     - warehouse/distribution and fulfillment

     - storage for essential businesses

     - funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries

     - plumbers, electricians, exterminators and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences and Essential Businesses

     - professional services (such as legal or accounting services) when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities

     - businesses that supply other Essential Businesses with support or supplies needed to operate

     - lawn care.

-News Media

     - newspapers, television, radio and other media services.

-Childcare Services

     - childcare facilities providing services that enable essential employees to work as needed.

Added as of 4:00 pm on March 24, 2020 (Version 2)

- Businesses who do not meet one of the allowable exclusions referenced in the “allowed during shelter in place” column.

-Activities that do not meet one of the allowable exclusions referenced in the “allowed during shelter in place” column. 

-Elective medical, surgical and dental procedures.

-Outdoor activity that does not comply with social distancing requirements of six feet (i.e.: pickup basketball games, sports practices, outdoor play dates).

-Exercise gyms and similar facilities.

No new additions as of 3:00 pm on March 24, 2020 (Version 2)

Added as of 4:00 pm on March 24, 2020 (Version 3)

-Vapor (Vape) shops and CBD retailers are not essential businesses and may not remain open.

-Car washes (with or without employees onsite) are not essential businesses and may not remain open.

-Tobacco stores that do not also provide check cashing and bill pay, business services or grocery items are not essential businesses and may not remain open.

-Golf courses, golf clubs, country clubs and the like are not essential businesses and may not remain open. (Please see further clarification in Version 5 below)

No new additions as of 5:00 pm on March 24, 2020 (Version 4)

Added as of 11:30 am on March 25, 2020

(Version 5)

-Golf clubs, country clubs and the like are not essential businesses and may not remain open, except to the extent that they provide food services in line with the take-out rules elsewhere in this guidance. See the “allowed” column for exceptions. 

-Saddlery businesses are do not meet an essential business exception and may not remain open.

- Recreational drives in the car are not an essential activity exception.

Added as of 3:00 pm on March 25, 2020 (Version 6)

-Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, tanning salons, spas and the like do not meet an essential business exception and may not remain open.

-New or used car, motorcycle or other motorized vehicle sales do not meet an essential business exception and are not allowed.  See the “allowed” column for parts and service.

Added as of 4:30pm on March 26, 2020 (Version 7)

­-Apparel, clothing and shoe stores do not meet an essential business exception and are not allowed.

-Furniture stores, mattress stores and the like do not meet an essential business exception and are not allowed.

-Camping (in a tent or otherwise) is not allowed unless your camp site is on your property.

                                                                  

-Businesses that pack, ship and provide business services fall within an essential business exception and may remain open.

-Businesses that install gutters on new construction, replace gutters, and do gutter repair and maintenance fall within an essential business exception and may remain open.

-Texas A&M University-Commerce library has been deemed essential by the university administration.

-Home remodeling services fall within an essential business exception and may remain open.

-Moving to a different residence falls within an essential exception and is allowed, but strongly discouraged.

-Appliance delivery falls within an essential exception and is allowed, but strongly discouraged unless the appliance delivery is for installation of a new appliance or replacement of a non-working appliance incidental to maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences and Essential Businesses.

--Businesses that repair RVs fall within an essential business exception and may remain open.

           

-Tobacco stores that provide check cashing and bill payment fall within an essential business exception and may remain open.

-Landscape and lawn maintenance services fall within an essential business exception and may remain open.

-HVAC installation, service and maintenance fall within an essential business exception and may remain open.

-“12 step programs” fall within an essential business exception and may remain open, but to the extent online options are a suitable alternative the same are recommended during this time.

-Childcare provided in the home of the child in the case of parents who are a teacher (educating students remotely) and a lineman fall within an essential business exception and are allowed.

Added as of 4:00 pm on March 24, 2020 (Version 3)

-Gun and ammunition sales and service falls within an essential business exception and is allowed ONLY IF AND TO THE EXTENT THAT the same is in furtherance of food cultivation.

-Custom cabinet shops fall within an essential business exception and are allowed.

-Pet grooming and mobile pet grooming businesses fall within an essential business exception and are allowed.

--Essential services related to real estate transactions including title searches, appraisals, moving, legal, financial and other services, including inspection necessary to complete the transfer of real property.

-Essential business related to the execution and renewal of residential and commercial leases.

Added as of 5:00 pm on March 24, 2020 (Version 4)

-Transportation by motorcycle is permitted provided the same is part of an Essential Activity and/or means of transport to/from an Essential Business.  In the event that motorcycle transportation is used as a permitted outdoor activity the same should include no stops, other than at an Essential Business, and appropriate social distancing measure of six feet should be observed at all times.

Added as of 11:30 am on March 25, 2020 (Version 5)

-Open spaces are allowed, and exercise is strongly encouraged to the extent that social distancing rules are followed at all times.  This includes public and private trails, open spaces, green belts, park spaces (not including picnic tables and playgrounds) and outdoor golf activities.  Allowable golf activities do not include clubhouses or outdoor dining or bars, and any course remaining open under this guidance must not rent carts and must enforce social distancing requirements and remove all items or enforce rules related to items touched by multiple people (i.e., remove or disable ball washers, drinking fountains, rakes, etc., and leave pins in place or raise cup liners). To maintain distance, no more than three players per hole should be allowed. 

- Golf course maintenance and park maintenance is allowed

- Municipal golf course openings are up to individual cities, but must follow these general rules

-Fishing, by boat or from shore, including travel to and from the fishing location, is allowed so long as the same is in furtherance of food cultivation and social distancing requirements of six feet are maintained.

-Insurance agencies meet a critical infrastructure exception and are allowed.

-Utilizing post office and shipping services (including travel to and from post office and shipping carrier locations) meets an essential business exception and is allowed.

Added as of 3:00 pm on March 25, 2020 (Version 6)

-Residential cleaning services or independent contractors meet an essential activity exception and are allowed.  Cleaning services or independent contracts for businesses meet an essential activity exception and are allowed ONLY IF the businesses being cleaned meets an essential business exception.  Carpet cleaning services may operate (or not) in the same situations that cleaning services and independent contractors are allowed to operate.

-Motor vehicle (including motorcycle) service, repair, parts and maintenance meets an essential business exception and is allowed.  See “not allowed” column for sales.

Added as of 4:30 pm on March 26, 2020 (Version 7)

-Veterinary care meets an essential healthcare operation exception and is allowed for non-elective services and procedures (elective procedure are prohibited).  Veterinarians are directed to identify which services and procedures are essential and which are elective.

Updated at 4:30 pm on March 26, 2020

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