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May 19, 2020
GOVERNOR ABBOTT EXECUTIVE ORDER TO EXPAND OPENINGS OF CERTAIN BUSINESSES


Governor Abbott issued an Executive Order to begin the process of expanding reopening the State of Texas effective Friday. May 8, 2020.


Full text of Governor Abbott's Open Texas Report

Executive Order GA-23 relates to the expanded opening of Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster. 

Full text of GA-23

 

Some highlights to note about GA-23:

  • Texans, except where necessary to provide or obtain “Covered Services”, should continue to minimize social gatherings and in person contact with those who are not in the same household.
  • People over the age of 65 are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. Individuals are encouraged to maintain at least 6 feet of separation from those 65 and older.
  • Those who do leave the home, whether young or old, should implement social distancing and good hygiene.
  • “Covered Services” includes those listed under CISA guidance as well as churches, congregations, and places of worship

“Covered Services” include the following:

  • Retail services through pick-up, delivery by mail, or door delivery.
  • In-store retail at 25% occupancy (25% does not include employees)
  • Dine-in restaurants at 25% occupancy (25% does not include outdoor seating, where 6 feet of separation must be maintained, or employees)
  • Movie theaters at 25% occupancy (25% does not include employees)
  • Shopping malls at 25% occupancy (food court, play areas, and interactive displays must remain closed) also (25% does not include employees)
  • Museums and libraries at occupancy of 25% (25% does not include employees)
  • Golf course operations
  • Local government operations
  • Wedding venues and services required to conduct a wedding, subject to either the guidelines on churches (if held in a church) or at 25% of indoor occupancy (if held indoors at a non-church). Note, it is strongly encouraged to hold weddings outside.
  • Wedding receptions, subject to the guidelines on restaurants (if held in a restaurant) or subject to 25% of indoor capacity (if held indoors). Again, strongly encouraged to hold outside.
  • Cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, and nail salons and should maintain at least six feet between customers and work stations
  • Tanning Salons, again should maintain at least six feet of social distancing
  • Swimming pools, both indoor and outdoor, but must follow occupancy levels as set forth in Open Texas
  • Services provided in an office may operate with the greater of 25% of the total office workforce or ten individuals
  • Non-CISA manufacturing services may operate at 25% occupancy
  • Gyms and exercise facilities and classes may operate at 25% occupancy, however locker rooms and showers are to remain closed.
  • Restrooms may be open for use.

Starting Immediately except for Deaf Smith, El Paso, Moore, Potter and Randall Counties:

  • Massage establishments and others licensed under Chapter 455 of the Texas Occupations Code may operate but must maintain at least six feet of social distancing.
  • Personal-care and beauty services not already open may operate but must maintain at least six feet of social distancing between work stations.

These include:

  • Tattoo studios, piercing studios, hair removal services and hair loss treatment and growth services
  • Child-care services other than youth camps


Starting Friday May 22, 2020, except for Deaf Smith, El Paso, Moore, Potter and Randall Counties:

  • Dine-in restaurants at 50% occupancy (50% does not include outdoor seating, where 6 feet of separation must be maintained, or employees)
  • Bars and similar establishments, such as wineries and breweries, may operate at 25% capacity
  • Aquariums, natural caverns and similar facilities may operate at 25% occupancy
  • Bowling alleys, bingo halls, simulcast racing to the extent allowed by law, and skating rinks may operate at 25% capacity
  • Rodeos and equestrian at 25% occupancy (this does not allow for county fairs or large social gatherings)
  • Drive-in concerts provided that participants remain in their own vehicles

Amateur sporting events which provide no access to the general public and all participants have tested negative for COVID-19 prior to the event

Starting Friday, May 29, 2020 for Deaf Smith, El Paso, Moore, Potter, and Randall Counties:

  • Massage establishments and others licensed under Chapter 455 of the Texas Occupations Code may operate but must maintain at least six feet of social distancing.
  • Personal-care and beauty services not already open may operate but must maintain at least six feet of social distancing between work stations.

These include:

  • Tattoo studios, piercing studios, hair removal services and hair loss treatment and growth services
  • Child-care services other than youth camps
  • Dine-in restaurants at 50% occupancy (50% does not include outdoor seating, where 6 feet of separation must be maintained, or employees)
  • Bars and similar establishments, such as wineries and breweries, may operate at 25% capacity
  • Aquariums, natural caverns and similar facilities may operate at 25% occupancy
  • Bowling alleys, bingo halls, simulcast racing to the extent allowed by law, and skating rinks may operate at 25% capacity
  • Rodeos and equestrian events at 25% capacity (this does not allow for county fairs or large social gatherings)
  • Drive-in concerts provided that participants remain in their own vehicles
  • Amateur sporting events which provide no access to the general public and all participants have tested negative for COVID-19 prior to the event


Starting Friday, May 29, 2020 for all Texas Counties:

  • Outdoor areas of zoos may operate up to 25% capacity. All indoor areas of the zoo, except for restrooms, are to remain closed.

Starting Sunday, May 31, 2020 for all Texas Counties:

  • Certain professional sporting events with no spectators physical present on the premises and as approved by DSHS
  • Youth camps and summer camps, including both daytime and overnight
  • Youth sports programs may begin practices but games and competitions may not begin until June 15, 2020.


Counties with five or fewer active case counts can file proper attestation forms with DSHS to allow for occupancy limits to be 50% instead of the listed 25%.

Texans are asked to avoid interactive amusement venues (including amusement parks and water parks) at this time. Texans are also still asked to not visit nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities at this time.

Information about Schools and Education:

  • All public schools should follow guidance as set forth by TEA and found on the TEA website
  • Schools may conduct graduation ceremonies as set forth by TEA and found on the TEA website


Starting June 1, 2020 Public School Districts may:

  • Allow students to access the campus for in person classroom instruction such as summer school, special education, specialized assessments and tutoring services.
  • Public education teachers are encouraged to continue to work remotely from home if possible

  • Private schools and institutions of higher education may reopen campuses and are encouraged to establish similar standards to allow students, teachers, and staff to return to campus for limited purpose.

Executive Order GA-22 relates to confinement during the COVID-19 disaster. 

Full text of GA-22

 

Executive Order GA-21 relates to the expanded reopening of services as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.


Full text of GA-21

 


May 8th opening with at least 6 feet of social distancing between work stations:

• Cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons and shops, and other establishments where licensed cosmetologists or barbers practice their trade
• Tanning salons
• Swimming pools subject to certain limitations, including on occupancy or operating levels

May 18th opening with 25% occupancy:
• Office buildings (25% occupancy or the greater of 5 or less workforce)
• Gyms, exercise facilities, and exercise classes
• Non-essential manufacturing services
• Wedding venues and services required to conduct weddings, subject to either the guidelines on churches (if held in a church) or at 25% of indoor occupancy (if held indoors at a non-church). Note, it is strongly encouraged to hold weddings outside • Wedding receptions, subject to the guidelines on restaurants (if held at a restaurant) or subject to 25% of indoor capacity (if held indoors). Again, strongly encouraged to hold outside


Please refer to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services for guidelines related to the reopening of establishments. 

https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/opentexas.aspx

 

May 15, 2020

Mayor Signs Revised Declaration of Local Disaster for COVID-19 

 

SANGER, TX, May 15, 2020 (12:00 p.m.) – On Friday, May 15, Mayor Thomas Muir signed a revised declaration of local disaster for public health emergency due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the City of Sanger. This declaration aligns us with the Governor's Open Texas plan, and the most recent Executive Order Amendment issued by Denton County Judge Andy Eads on May 12, 2020. The revised declaration will go in effect May 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. and will continue until seven days from the date of this revised declaration unless continued or renewed by City Council of Sanger, Texas.

Full text of City of Sanger Revised Disaster Declaration - 5/15/2020

GOVERNOR ABBOTT EXECUTIVE ORDER TO EXPAND OPENINGS OF CERTAIN BUSINESSES

Governor Abbott issued an Executive Order to begin the process of expanding reopening the State of Texas effective Friday. May 8, 2020.


Full text of Governor Abbott's Open Texas Report


Executive Order GA-21 relates to the expanded reopening of services as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.

Full text of GA-21

Executive Order GA-22 relates to confinement during the COVID-19 disaster. 

Full text of GA-22



May 8th opening with at least 6 feet of social distancing between work stations:

• Cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons and shops, and other establishments where licensed cosmetologists or barbers practice their trade
• Tanning salons
• Swimming pools subject to certain limitations, including on occupancy or operating levels

May 18th opening with 25% occupancy:
• Office buildings (25% occupancy or the greater of 5 or less workforce)
• Gyms, exercise facilities, and exercise classes
• Non-essential manufacturing services
• Wedding venues and services required to conduct weddings, subject to either the guidelines on churches (if held in a church) or at 25% of indoor occupancy (if held indoors at a non-church). Note, it is strongly encouraged to hold weddings outside • Wedding receptions, subject to the guidelines on restaurants (if held at a restaurant) or subject to 25% of indoor capacity (if held indoors). Again, strongly encouraged to hold outside


Please refer to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services for guidelines related to the reopening of establishments. 

https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/opentexas.aspx

May 8, 2020City Facilities scheduled to reopen Monday, May 11, 2020



The following PUBLIC LOBBY AREAS are scheduled to reopen on Monday, May 11:
  • City Hall (502 Elm St)
  • Police (209 N. 5th)
  • Municipal Court (309 N. 3rd St)Per the guidelines of the Office of Court Administration (OCA), all in-person court proceedings have been delayed until June 1, 2020.
  • Development Services (201 Bolivar St)
  • Economic Development (201 Bolivar St)
  • Electric (202 Railroad Ave)
  • Public Works (201 Bolivar St)

Library & Parks Facilities

  • Sanger Public Library will begin curbside pick-up on Monday, May 11. The library will be accepting returns in the book drop. The building will remain CLOSED. Reopening announcements will be made at a later date.

  • Park Trails and Green Spaces will continue to be open. Park visitors must maintain social distancing guidelines of 6 ft. at all times. 


The Following facilities/programs will remain CLOSED or SUSPENDED
  • Facility and room rentals continue to be suspended until further notice. This includes the Community
    Center, Presbyterian Church, and Park Pavilions.

  • All City-sponsored events and programs continue to be suspended until further notice.

  • Playgrounds and the Splash Pad continue to be closed at this time. Reopening date is to be determined.


****This proposed schedule is subject to change depending upon further State mandates.****


May 5, 2020
GOVERNOR ABBOTT EXECUTIVE ORDER TO EXPAND OPENINGS OF CERTAIN BUSINESSES


Governor Abbott issued an Executive Order to begin the process of expanding reopening the State of Texas effective Friday. May 8, 2020.


Full text of Governor Abbott's Open Texas Report


Executive Order GA-21 relates to the expanded reopening of services as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.

Full text of GA-21

May 8th opening with at least 6 feet of social distancing between work stations:
• Cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons and shops, and other establishments where licensed cosmetologists or barbers practice their trade
• Tanning salons
• Swimming pools subject to certain limitations, including on occupancy or operating levels

May 18th opening with 25% occupancy:
• Office buildings (25% occupancy or the greater of 5 or less workforce)
• Gyms, exercise facilities, and exercise classes
• Non-essential manufacturing services

• Wedding venues and services required to conduct weddings, subject to either the guidelines on churches (if held in a church) or at 25% of indoor occupancy (if held indoors at a non-church). Note, it is strongly encouraged to hold weddings outside
• Wedding receptions, subject to the guidelines on restaurants (if held at a restaurant) or subject to 25% of indoor capacity (if held indoors). Again, strongly encouraged to hold outside


Please refer to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services for guidelines related to the reopening of establishments.

https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/opentexas.aspx

May 2, 2020

City Facilities tentatively scheduled to reopen Monday, May 11, 2020



The following PUBLIC LOBBY AREAS are tentatively scheduled to reopen on Monday, May 11:
  • City Hall (502 Elm St)
  • Police (209 N. 5th)
  • Municipal Court (309 N. 3rd St)Per the guidelines of the Office of Court Administration (OCA), all in-person court proceedings have been delayed until June 1, 2020.
  • Development Services (201 Bolivar St)
  • Economic Development (201 Bolivar St)
  • Electric (202 Railroad Ave)
  • Public Works (201 Bolivar St)

Other Facilities and Programs:

  • Sanger Public Library will begin curbside pick-up on Monday, May 11. The library will be accepting returns in the book drop. The building will remain CLOSED. Reopening announcements will be made at a later date.

  • Park Trails and Green Spaces will continue to be open. Park visitors must maintain social distancing guidelines of 6 ft. at all times. 


CLOSURES/SUSPENSIONS

  • Facility and room rentals continue to be suspended until further notice. This includes the Community
    Center, Presbyterian Church, and Park Pavilions.

  • All City-sponsored events and programs continue to be suspended until further notice.

  • Playgrounds and the Splash Pad continue to be closed at this time. Reopening date is to be determined.


****This proposed schedule is subject to change depending upon further State mandates.****


April 30, 2020

Mayor Signs Revised Declaration of Local Disaster for COVID-19 

SANGER, TX, April 30, 2020 (7:55 p.m.) – On Thursday, April 30, Mayor Thomas Muir signed a revised declaration of local disaster for public health emergency due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the City of Sanger. This declaration aligns us with the Governor's Open Texas plan, which takes effect May 1, 2020 and the most recent Executive Order Amendment issued by Denton County Judge Andy Eads on April 28, 2020. The revised declaration will go in effect immediately and will continue until seven days from the date of this revised declaration unless continued or renewed by City Council of Sanger, Texas.


Full text of City of Sanger Revised Declaration For Public Health Emergency

 

Full text of Governor Abbott's Open Texas Report

 

Denton County Quick Reference Open Texas Phase 1

April 27, 2020

GOVERNOR ABBOTT EXECUTIVE ORDERS - 04-27-2020

Governor Abbott issued several Executive Orders to begin the process of re-opening the State of Texas:



Full text of Governor Abbott's Open Texas Report


Executive Order GA-18 relating to expanded reopening of services as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster

Full Text of GA-18

 

Executive Order No. GA-19 relating to hospital capacity during the COVID-19 disaster.


Full Text of GA-19


Executive Order No. GA-20 relating to expanding travel without restrictions as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19disaster.

 

Full Text of GA-20

April 24, 2020EXECUTIVE ORDER GA-16 EFFECTIVE FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2020

PDF Handout Summarizing Executive Order GA-16

Executive Order GA-16 goes into effect Friday, April 24, 2020. Some retail businesses classified as "non-essential" in the original stay-at-home order will be able to provide "to-go" services with some restrictions.  

EXAMPLES OF NON-ESSENTIAL RETAILERS THAT CAN RE-OPEN

  • Clothing stores, Shoe stores, Furniture stores, Appliance stores
  • Bookstores, Arts & Crafts/Hobby stores, Video Game stores
  • Home Décor stores, Health and Beauty Supply stores

Any "non-essential" business that will re-open using this "retail-to-go" system must follow these guidelines from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Safety of employees and customers:

  • CUSTOMERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED INSIDE THE STORE

  • Customers may buy items from a retail store for pick-up, delivery by mail, or delivery to doorstep.
  • All payments should be done over the phone or internet. If not possible, contact should be minimized.
  • Purchased items should be delivered to the customer's trunk or backseat to minimize contact.   Any items delivered to a house should be delivered to the front door. Delivery personnel are not allowed to enter a residence.

Employees of non-essential businesses that are re-opening using this "retail-to-go" system must follow these guidelines from the Texas Department of State Health Services:

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL RETAILERS
  • Grocery stores - Warehouse stores - Hardware stores
  • Big Box stores selling essential household staples - Nurseries - Liquor stores
  • Businesses that sell essential office supplies needed to work from home
  • Auto Parts and repairs stores Bicycle repair stores - RV Repair and Sales stores

No changes were made to how essential business operate. Executive Order GA-16 does not apply to "essential" businesses that have been able to operate during the Stay-at-Home order. The State of Texas has established a list of 17 essential business classifications. To see the full list, visit tdem.texas.gov.


EXAMPLES OF PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES

  • Public or private gatherings regardless of size
  • Most nursing home visits
  • Using public playground equipment
  • Eating or drinking inside restaurants, bars, and food courts
  • Going to the gym
  • Going to a massage or spa
  • Going to a tattoo and/or piercing studio
  • Going to a hair salon or barbershop
  • Going to a nail salon

If you have any questions about how this "retail-to-go" process applies to your retail business, please email businesscovid19@dentoncounty.gov. 

 

April 17, 2020

GOVERNOR ABBOTT EXECUTIVE ORDERS - 04-17-2020

Governor Abbott issued several Executive Orders to begin the process of re-opening the State of Texas:

Executive Order GA-15 authorizes licensed healthcare facilities to resume elective surgeries and procedures beginning Wednesday, April 22, 2020 if they meet certain requirements. 

Full text of Order GA-15

 

Executive Order GA-16 authorizes the re-opening of some select retail businesses under a temporary "Retail-to-go" model effective Friday, April 24, 2020.

Full text of Order GA-16

 

Executive Order GA-17 establishes the Strike Force to Open Texas -  a team of nationally recognized medical experts and private and public leaders who will advice the Governor on safety and strategically reopening the state of Texas.

Full text of Order GA-17

April 15, 2020

Mayor Signs Revised Declaration Ordinance NO. 04-14-20


SANGER, TX, April 15, 2020 (11:30 a.m.) –
On Tuesday, April 14, Mayor Thomas Muir signed a revised declaration ordinance 04-14-20 for public health emergency to minimize the potential impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the City of Sanger. This declaration renews the existing declaration dated April 9, 2020 and incorporates revisions to the Denton County Declarations. The revised declaration will go in effect immediately and will continue until they are either renewed, continued, rescinded, superseded, or amended by Sanger City Council.

Full text of City of Sanger Revised Declaration ordinance 04-14-20


April 9, 2020
Mayor Signs Revised Declaration of Local Disaster for COVID-19

SANGER, TX, April 9, 2020 (10:00 a.m.) –
On Thursday, April 9, Mayor Thomas Muir signed a revised declaration of local disaster for public health emergency to minimize the potential impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the City of Sanger. This declaration aligns us with the most recent Executive Order Amendment issued by Denton County Judge Andy Eads on April 7, 2020. The revised declaration will go in effect immediately and will continue for seven days unless extended by Sanger City Council. 

 

 

March 31, 2020

City Extends Precautionary Measures to Reduce COVID-19 Risk

City Extends Facility Closures, Suspension of Municipal Court Proceedings, and Suspension of Events and Programming. All public Lobby areas will be closed until Thursday, April 30, 2020. 

SANGER, TX, March 31, 2020 – In order to protect the health and safety of the community and our employees, and help minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), City Manager Alina Ciocan has extended the following operational changes out of an abundance of caution.

  • In-person Municipal Court proceedings have been suspended until Friday, May 8, 2020 under an emergency order from the Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeals.


  • All City-sponsored events and programs are suspended through Friday, May 1, 2020. This includes all programming hosted by all departments.


  • All public lobby areas will remain closed until Thursday, April 30, 2020.  

     
  • The library will be closed through Thursday, April 30, 2020. 


  • Facility and room rentals are suspended through Friday, May 1, 2020; this includes the Community Center, Presbyterian Church, and Park Pavilions.
     

  • At this time, City Council, board, and commission meetings remain scheduled.
     

  • If you are at high-risk or are feeling ill, use caution and do not visit public facilities.

The City is also implementing other measures across its facilities to safeguard the well-being of community members and staff. The library has a number of online services patrons can access with their library card. These include e-books, audiobooks and online databases. Find out more at www.sangerlibrary.org.  We also encourage the use of our online payment system to make utility and municipal court payments along with mailed and automated payments.

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. As the City continues to monitor the developing impact of COVID-19 in Texas and the Dallas-Fort Worth area, these measures may be extended and additional precautions may be taken in the future to limit the risk to the community, including adjustments to other City facilities and services.

A list of canceled and rescheduled events will be available on our http://www.sangertexas.org/page/covid-19.

We are working diligently to monitor and respond as the situation continues to evolve.  The City will continue to release updates at www.sangertexas.org and the City’s social media channels. 

We also encourage our community to access the following resources for more information about COVID-19:

March, 27, 2020

The City of Sanger has approved new ordinances on Friday, March 27, 2020.

 

ORDINANCE NO. 03-12-20 - Adopt Emergency Orders

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF SANGER, TEXAS; CONTINUING THE DECLARATION OF LOCAL DISASTER; PROVIDING FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CITY'S EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PLAN; PROVIDING PROMPT AND GENERAL PUBLICITY; DECLARING A LOCAL DISASTER FOR PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY AND ADOPTING EMERGENCY ORDER DATED MARCH 25, 2020, ATTACHED HERETO AS EXHIBIT “A”; GRANTING THE MAYOR THE POWER AND AUTHORITY TO REVIEW, ADOPT, RATIFY, AND EXECUTE ANY SUBSEQUENT DENTON COUNTY EMERGENCY ORDERS ON BEHALF OF THE CITY COUNCIL; PROVIDING A REPEALING CLAUSE; PROVIDING A SAVINGS CLAUSE; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING FOR A PENALTY OF FINE NOT TO EXCEED $1,000.00 AS AUTHORIZED BY STATE LAW FOR EACH OFFENSE; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. 

Below is the link to the ordinance in it's entirety. Above is an excerpt. 

Ordinance NO 03-12-20  - Full Text 

 

ORDINANCE NO. 03-11-20 - Postpone Election to November 3, 2020


AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANGER, TEXAS, POSTPONING THE MUNICIPAL GENERAL ELECTION TO BE HELD ON THE 2ND DAY OF MAY 2020, TO THE NOVEMBER 3, 2020 UNIFORM ELECTION DATE; ORDERING NOTICE OF ELECTION TO BE GIVEN AS PRESCRIBED BY LAW IN CONNECTION WITH SUCH ELECTION; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF JOINT ELECTION AGREEMENT; PROVIDING A REPEALING CLAUSE; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.


Below is the link to the ordinance in it's entirety. Above is an excerpt.


Ordinance NO 03-11-20 - Full Text

March 25, 2020

Mayor Signs Revised Declaration of Local Disaster for COVID-19

SANGER, TX, March 25, 2020 (7:55 p.m.) – On Wednesday, March 25, Mayor Thomas Muir signed a revised declaration of local disaster for public health emergency to minimize the potential impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the City of Sanger. This declaration aligns us with the most recent Executive Order Amendment issued by Denton County Judge Andy Eads on March 24, 2020. The revised declaration will go in effect Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 11:59 PM and will continue for seven days unless extended by Sanger City Council.

Full text of City of Sanger Revised Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Safety 

 

March 24, 2020

 

Denton County, City of Denton issue “stay at home” mandates

Full text of Denton County Disaster Declaration and Executive Order Amendment of the Denton County Judge Andy Eads - Effective March 25, 2020.  


March 24, 2020
— Denton County Judge Andy Eads and City of Denton Mayor Chris Watts jointly issued an amended executive order for Denton County and a second Mayoral declaration of disaster and order for the City of Denton requiring residents to stay at home effective at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. 


Sometimes you have to decide between two bad choices and I am erring on the side of saving lives,” said Denton County Judge Andy Eads. “Each individual has the responsibility to stay at home and limit their actions to the necessities of getting supplies, handling medical issues and, for some, going to work to keep essential businesses in operation.”



“Nothing is more important than protecting the safety and well-being of our community,” said Denton Mayor Chris Watts. “During this unprecedented time, it is on all of us to do what is necessary to flatten the curve and minimize the spread of this virus.”


Denton County Public Health officials have confirmed a total of 36 cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Denton County as of Monday evening.


“Community spread is here in Denton County and we know that it will continue for a while. How long? We simply do not know,” Judge Eads said. “The quicker we properly keep our distance, the quicker kids can return to school, and our lives and businesses can continue.”  


The new executive order from Denton County is effective as of 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The 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.

 

  • 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-through services and microbreweries, micro-distilleries, or wineries may only provide take out, delivery, or drivethrough 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 drivethrough 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 ten (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.

This order will be effective until March 31, 2020, unless extended by the Denton County Commissioners Court or rescinded by the Denton County Judge.

 

****BELOW INFORMATION IN RED BULLETS APPLIES TO CITY OF DENTON**** 

The City of Denton will incorporate these mandates as a Second Declaration of Local Disaster and Order of the Mayor.  In addition to the “Stay at Home” provision, the Second Order of the Mayor will also, among other allowances, provide for:

  • The suspension of all City Committee, Commission, and Board meetings through the term of this order, with the exception of the Planning and Zoning Commission, which shall meet only to consider applications subject to state law-imposed deadlines.
  • All City of Denton utility non-payment shut offs are suspended during the term of this Order and no penalties shall accrue during the pendency of this Order.
  • $550,000 of spending authority during this period to proceed with the necessary emergency responses and essential functions not already budgeted.
  • Authorization for the City Manager or his designee to terminate or suspend any event that is or may negatively impact the health, safety, and welfare of persons within the City.

****BULLETED TEXT ABOVE IN RED APPLIES TO CITY OF DENTON****

“While we are not sure how long we’ll be battling this storm together, we ask for the community’s support and understanding as we take this necessary step,” Mayor Watts said. “Your City will continue to serve you during this challenging time, and I know that our collective spirit cannot be broken.” The stay-at-home mandate will also help support medical facilities across Denton County.

 

 

“Hospitals, the places that help us in our greatest hours of need, are now asking us to help them,” Judge Eads said. “We must ensure the health and safety of our medical professionals and first responders, who are on the front lines working to give residents the services they need when they need it most.” Working as a team, residents in Denton County will get through this, Judge Eads said.

 

 

“Our shared sacrifices today will help all of us get through this situation as soon as possible to ensure a brighter future for everyone across Denton County. We are Denton County Strong,” he said.

 

 

Information regarding COVID-19 can be found at CDC.gov/COVID19 and DentonCounty.gov/COVID19.   

 

 

https://dentoncounty.gov/-/media/PDFs/PressRelease/New-mandates-preserve-public-health-safety/3-24-2020-Joint-City-Denton-County-News-Release.pdf

March 22, 2020

Denton County Judge Andy Eads has issued a new executive order for disaster declaration for public health emergency to preserve public health and safety.


Denton County Judge Andy Eads has issued a new executive order for a disaster declaration for public health emergency to preserve public health and safety. For more information about the new mandate please visit Denton County's website.

 

 

March 22, 2020 — Denton County Judge Andy Eads has issued a new executive order for a disaster declaration for public health emergency to preserve public health and safety.

 

“Today, we are taking further stringent steps to reduce the risk of infection across Denton County as part of a regional approach to reducing the spread of COVID-19,” said Denton County Judge Andy Eads.

 

“However, we cannot ask our businesses to bear the brunt of these actions and not do our own part. It is incumbent upon all of us to stay at home, if possible, and take common sense steps to limit our interactions with others outside of our respective homes,” he said.

 

“We are taking the impacts of these mandates and the financial consequences very seriously,” Judge Eads said. “We must all take personal responsibility and demonstrate a shared sacrifice that will hopefully only be for a short time.”

 

Denton County Public Health officials have confirmed a total of 30 cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Denton County as of Sunday evening.

 

“Locally, we have severe shortages of medical supplies,” Judge Eads said. “Temporarily reducing our activities reduces our cases and reduces our shortages.”

 

The new executive order is effective as of 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020. The order:

 

  • Restricts all community gatherings across Denton County to 10 people or fewer


  • Orders that the public or patrons cannot occupy bars, lounges, taverns, commercial amusement establishments, bingo halls, theaters, 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


  • Allows the following entities to continue doing business as long as they enforce social separation: grocery stores, stores selling essential household goods, convenience and package stores, pharmacies and drug stores, daycare facilities, medical facilities, non-profit service providers, homeless and emergency shelters, office buildings, essential government buildings, airports and transit facilities, transportation systems, residential buildings and hotels, and manufacturing and distribution facilities. In all such locations, there must always be sufficient space for all people to be six feet apart to control infection. Where possible, a tracking list of individuals present, and their contact information shall be maintained.Restricts worship services for in-person services, provided that staff can work on site to produce audio/video services for transmission to the public.If someone in a household has tested positive for coronavirus, the remaining household members are ordered to isolate at home for a period of 14 days. Members of the household cannot go to work, school or any other community function.


This order will be effective until March 30, 2020, unless it is either rescinded or amended pursuant to applicable law.


“We call on businesses that remain open to be very strict on social distancing,” Judge Eads said, adding that he is requesting all retail suppliers use commonsense rationing of household products and groceries that are in limited supply.


“We acknowledge this is a dilemma, and that everything done prior to a pandemic will appear like an overreaction and alarmist. Everything done after will seem inadequate,” he said.


Information regarding COVID-19 can be found at CDC.gov/COVID199 and DentonCounty.gov/COVID19. 

March 20, 2020

Mayor’s Statement Regarding Coronavirus Disaster Preparedness:

I want to personally thank all those in our community who have been working tirelessly to prepare for the potential impact of coronavirus on our community and region.  This especially includes our front-line police and fire responders, city staff, school district leadership, teachers, community organizations and churches.

 

As we all work together to blunt the possible impact of this threat, please take all precautionary measures that have been outlined by the federal, state and local governmental entities.  As Mayor, I have issued a disaster declaration that is in alignment with both Denton County and Governor Abbott.  You are encouraged to stay abreast of guidelines as they continue to be updated.

 

Although we have not seen the health impact arrive on our doorstep here in Sanger just yet, we do expect it will certainly do so in the coming days.  As citizens of Sanger, each of us need to do our part, especially in the next few weeks, to mitigate the impact of the virus by adhering to the guidelines set out in the governmental declarations.

 

While this means refraining from many social interactions, it does not prohibit our citizens from checking on those individuals we know personally who may be more vulnerable than ourselves.  It will be best to do this via a phone call, text or other social media to minimize direct physical contact.  We must continue to rally together as a community to best meet the needs of those around us, while still exercising proper protocols to protect those we are trying to help.

 

I am thankful for the caring community in which we live.  We are a community that pulls together in difficult times.  I have seen it in the past and it is evident during these challenging times.  Please bear with any inconveniences that may arise as we all come together to overcome this risk.


Mayor Thomas Muir

March 20, 2020 5:30 PM
Mayor Issues Declaration of Local Disaster for COVID-19

SANGER, TX, March 20, 2020 (5:30 p.m.) – On Friday, March 20, Mayor Thomas Muir signed a declaration of local disaster for public health emergency to minimize the potential impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the City of Sanger.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL DECLARATION

A local state of disaster for public health emergency has been declared for the City of Sanger, Texas and the following is ordered:

  • In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and CDC, every person in the City of Sanger shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.


  • In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors, provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of the declaration.


  • In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.

This declaration does not prohibit people from visiting a variety of places, including grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and banks, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.  This declaration does not mandate sheltering in place.  All critical infrastructure will remain operational, domestic travel will remain unrestricted, and the City of Sanger and businesses will continue providing essential services.  For offices and workplaces that remain open, employees should practice good hygiene and, where feasible, work from home in order to achieve optimum isolation from COVID-19.  The more that people reduce their public contact, the sooner COVID-19 will be contained.

The declaration of disaster for public health emergency will last for the next seven days unless otherwise extended by the Sanger City Council.

The City of Sanger continues to closely monitor the developing situation with COVID-19.



March 19, 2020

LIBRARY NEWS

In order to protect the health and safety of the community and our employees, and help minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the library will no longer accept returns through our Drop Box, effective Thursday, March 19, 2020. Please keep your materials until further notice.

 

Find out more at www.sangerlibrary.org. We will post additional instructions as the information becomes available. No fines on launchpads will be accessed during this period.

March 17, 2020

City of Sanger Announces Public Lobby Closures to Reduce COVID-19 Risk

SANGER, TX, March 17, 2020 - In an ongoing effort to protect the health and safety of the community and our employees, and to help minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), beginning Wednesday, March 18th the City of Sanger will close ALL PUBLIC LOBBY AREAS until Wednesday, April 1, 2020.  These include:

  • City Hall (502 Elm St)
  • Police (209 N. 5th)
  • Municipal Court (309 N. 3rd St)
  • Development Services (201 Bolivar St)
  • Economic Development (201 Bolivar St)
  • Parks and Recreation (201 Bolivar St)
  • Electric (202 Railroad Ave)
  • Public Works (201 Bolivar St)

City business will be conducted with minimal interruptions. Citizens are encouraged to continue to do business with the city online, by email and over the phone.

The City will continue to reassess the situation and make adjustments as necessary.

UTILITY BILLING & FINANCE

Utility payments may be made via the following methods:

  • The utility payment drive-through is open between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday.
  • A night drop box is located at the back of City Hall.
  • Payments may be mailed to: PO Box 1729, Sanger TX 76266.
  • Online payments may be made at www.sangertexas.org.

Utility and Finance employees may be contacted by phone at 940.458.7930 or email at utilitybilling@sangertexas.org.

POLICE

ANIMAL CONTROL

Please contact:  940-458-7444.

CITY SECRETARY

Open Records Request

  • Fax to City Secretary at 940-458-4180

Solicitor Permits

  • No permits will be issued at this time and all current permit holders will be requested to refrain from going door to door until further notice.  If you are a permit holder please call the City Secretary if you have any questions at 940-458-7930.

DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

  • Permitting, scheduling of inspections, and fee payments will be conducted electronically on the Community Connect system.
  • All planning services will be conducted electronically via email and the Community Connect system.
  • All meetings will be conducted via tele-conference.
  • Staff will be available during normal business hours by email at development@sangertexas.org and by phone at 940-458-2059.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • All communication regarding Economic Development should be directed to:

ELECTRIC

ENGINEERING

  • All communication regarding Engineering should be directed to:

Office: 940-458-2718 or 940-458-2571


LIBRARY

  • The library will remain closed until Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
  • Online resources and e-books can be found at our website at www.sangerlibrary.org.
  • Be sure to follow us on Facebook for virtual events and resources.
  • If you need assistance or have questions please contact us at 940-458-3257 or email libraryclerk@sangertexas.org.


MUNICIPAL COURT

  • Municipal court will continue to accept payments through the mail and our online portal.
  • To submit your request for driver safety course or deferred disposition, please use the forms on our web page and mail your request to the court. 
  • For more information or questions, please contact the court at 940-458-7131 or email court@sangertexas.org.

PARKS & RECREATION

  • All facility rentals and programs and events have been suspended until Friday, May 1, 2020.
  • The Parks & Recreation department can be contacted at 940-458-2059 or by email at parksandrecreation@sangertexas.org

PUBLIC WORKS

March 16, 2020

All library programming is canceled through Friday, May 1 2020.  This includes Denton County United Way's VITA program.

March 16, 2020

City Implements Precautionary Measures to Reduce COVID-19 Risk


City Announces Facility Closures, Suspension of Municipal Court Proceedings, and Suspension of Events and Programming

SANGER, TX, March 16, 2020 – In order to protect the health and safety of the community and our employees, and help minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), City Manager Alina Ciocan has announced the following operational changes out of an abundance of caution.

  • In-person Municipal Court proceedings have been suspended until Friday, May 8, 2020 under an emergency order from the Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeals.


  • All City-sponsored events and programs are suspended through Friday, May 1, 2020. This includes all programming hosted by all departments.

  • Library facility will be closed through Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

  • Facility and room rentals are suspended through Friday, May 1, 2020; this includes the Community Center, Presbyterian Church, and Park Pavilions.

  • At this time, City Council, board, and commission meetings remain scheduled.
  • If you are at high-risk or are feeling ill, use caution and do not visit public facilities.


The City is also implementing other measures across its facilities to safeguard the well-being of community members and staff.  All City facilities are being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The library has a number of online services patrons can access with their library card. These include e-books, audiobooks and online databases. Find out more at www.sangerlibrary.org.  We also encourage the use of our online payment system to make utility and municipal court payments along with mailed and automated payments.

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. As the City continues to monitor the developing impact of COVID-19 in Texas and the Dallas-Fort Worth area, these measures may be extended and additional precautions may be taken in the future to limit the risk to the community, including adjustments to other City facilities and services.


A list of canceled and rescheduled events will be available at
www.sangertexas.org/covid-19.


We are working diligently to monitor and respond as the situation continues to evolve.  The City will continue to release updates at
www.sangertexas.org and the City’s social media channels. 


We also encourage our community to access the following resources for more information about COVID-19:



Sanger, Texas City Hall
502 Elm St.
PO BOX 1729
Sanger, TX 76266
Phone: 940-458-7930

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