This story will be continuously updated as new orders and announcements are made. 

Starting at 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 23, Dallas County will become one of the first Texas counties to fall under a shelter-in-place order.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued the order Sunday afternoon.

Most other counties in the area already have a disaster declaration in place, but not every county or city has issued strict restrictions like Dallas County. 

The disaster declarations allow local officials to put in place executive orders limiting gatherings and which businesses can stay open. 

Some North Texas cities declared their own local disaster declaration or did so coinciding with their counties.

There are also some different labelings from county to county. While Dallas County issued a shelter-in-place order, Hunt County issued a "stay in place" order. While there are small differences, they serve the same purpose to keep people from leaving their homes unless absolutely necessary. 

Residents in Dallas County are ordered to "stay safe, stay at home." All non-essential businesses are ordered to close in-person operations. News media such as WFAA are considered "essential businesses," and are exempt from the shelter-in-place order.

This type of order may be implemented for many different reasons, including natural disasters or active shooters. The county is asking people to limit activities outside the home beyond getting necessities like food and medicine.

County orders

Dallas County shelter-in-place order

County Judge Clay Jenkins issued a shelter-in-place order starting 11:59 p.m. on March 23 and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 3. On April 8, Jenkins extended the order until April 30. On April 23, Jenkins again extended the order until May 15. Restrictions include people staying inside where they live and continuing to practice social distancing.

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  • Carrollton -- Mayor Kevin Falconer issued a disaster declaration on March 13 and later amended it on March 18. City officials are posting updates for Dallas County, Denton County and Collin County on the city's website. The declaration says for residents to comply with the orders from the county you live in.
  • Coppell -- On the city's website, local officials gave a shelter-in-place order for everyone living in Coppell starting 11:59 p.m. on March 23 and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 3. This includes people in both Dallas County and Denton County. The declaration says in part, "all persons may leave their residences only for essential activities, to provide or perform essential governmental functions, or to operate essential businesses." On March 25, the city's website further clarified what "essential" means for Coppell.
  • Garland -- Mayor Scott LeMay issued a disaster declaration on March 21. City council later issued a shelter-in-place order from March 23 until midnight on April 7. People are told to stay at home unless for "essential work." On March 25, the city sent out an amended ordinance.
  • Grand Prairie -- Mayor Ron Jensen issued a disaster declaration on March 19. Local officials are asking people to follow the orders of the county they live in.
  • Mesquite -- Mayor Bruce Archer issued a disaster declaration on March 23.
  • Richardson -- Mayor Paul Voelker issued a disaster declaration on March 18. Voelker extended the ordinance on March 23.
  • Rowlett -- Mayor Tammy Dana-Bashian issued a shelter-in-place order starting 11:59 p.m. on March 23 and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 3. Restrictions include people staying inside where they live and continuing to practice social distancing.
  • Sachse -- Mayor Mike Felix issued a shelter-in-place order for the entire city on March 22. This applies to portions in both Dallas County and Collin County. Restrictions include people staying inside where they live and continuing to practice social distancing.
  • Seagoville -- Mayor Dennis Childress amended a disaster declaration on March 22.

Collin County stay-at-home order

County Judge Chris Hill issued an amended disaster declaration on March 24. Restrictions include telling all residents to stay home except for "essential activities."

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  • Frisco -- Mayor Jeff Cheney issued a disaster declaration on March 16 and extended it on March 20 through April 8. The city issued a "stay-at-home" notice on March 25 with clarifications on what jobs are "essential."
  • Plano -- City council members issued a public health emergency declaration on March 16 and extended it on March 17 until April 27. Restrictions include prohibiting large gatherings within the city.
  • Wylie -- Mayor Eric Hogue extended a disaster declaration on March 22. Restrictions include limiting the size of social gatherings to no more than 10 people.

Denton County stay-at-home order

County Judge Andy Eads issued a disaster declaration on March 23 and a stay-at-home order on March 24 that begins at 11:59 p.m. on March 25. The order was extended on March 27 and again on April 14 until April 30. Restrictions include people staying inside their homes unless shopping for essentials. Non-essential businesses are ordered to close. 

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Ellis County "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order

County Judge Todd Little issued a "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order as a part of an amended disaster declaration March 24 that begins at 11:59 p.m. on March 25. On April 3, Little extended the order until 11:59 p.m. on April 30. Restrictions include people staying inside their homes unless shopping for essentials. Non-essential businesses are ordered to close.

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Erath County shelter-in-place order

County Judge Alfonso Campos issued a disaster declaration on March 19 and a shelter-in-place order on March 25. On April 1, Campos extended the order until 11:59 p.m. on April 30. Restrictions include people staying inside where they live and continuing to practice social distancing.

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Hood County shelter-in-place order

County Judge Ron Massingill issued a local state of disaster on March 20 and a shelter-in-place order on March 25. On April 2, Massingill extended the county's declaration of disaster. Restrictions include people staying inside where they live and continuing to practice social distancing.

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Hunt County stay-in-place order

County Judge Bobby Stovall issued a disaster resolution to stay-in-place starting 11:59 p.m. on March 24, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 3. Then on April 3, Stovall extended the order until 11:59 p.m. on April 17. On April 14, Stovall extended the order again until April 30. Restrictions include people staying inside where they live and continuing to practice social distancing.

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Johnson County stay-in-place order

County Judge Roger Harmon issued a local state of disaster on March 19 and amended it on March 24. Harmon then issues a third amended disaster declaration on March 27 asking residents to stay at their place of residence. On April 21, Harmon extended the order until May 8. Restrictions include prohibiting "all public or private gatherings of any number occurring outside a single household or living unit."

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Kaufman County shelter-in-place order

County Judge Hal Richards issued a local state of disaster on March 18 and issued a shelter-in-place order on March 24. On April 7, Richards extended the order until 11:59 p.m. on April 30. Restrictions include people staying inside where they live and continuing to practice social distancing.

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Navarro County shelter-in-place order

County Judge H.M. Davenport, Jr. issued a disaster declaration on March 20 and amended it to a shelter-in-place order on March 24. The order will start 11:59 p.m. on March 25 and continue until 11:59 p.m. on April 8. Then on April 8, Davenport, Jr. extended the order for seven more days. On April 21, Davenport, Jr. eased restrictions for curbside and delivery services starting April 24. Restrictions include people staying inside where they live and continuing to practice social distancing.

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Palo Pinto County disaster declaration

County Judge Shane Long issued a disaster declaration on March 19 and amended it on March 26. Restrictions include limiting the size of social gatherings to no more than 10 people.

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Parker County disaster declaration

County Judge Pat Deen issued a disaster declaration on March 20 and later amended it on March 23. On April 9, Deen issued an additional order saying in part, "all physicians, public, private, and commercial labs and/or medical facilities within the County of Parker shall report the number of COVID-19 tests conducted on a daily basis to the Parker County Office of Emergency Services." Current restrictions include limiting the size of social gatherings to no more than 10 people.

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Rockwall County stay-at-home order

County Judge David Sweet issued a stay-at-home order starting 11:59 p.m. on March 24 and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 15. On April 14, Sweet extended the order until April 30. Restrictions include people staying inside where they live and continuing to practice social distancing.

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Tarrant County stay-at-home order

County Judge B. Glen Whitley, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams issued a stay-at-home order starting 11:59 p.m. on March 24 and continuing until April 7. On April 3, Whitley extended the order until April 30. Restrictions include people staying inside where they live and continuing to practice social distancing.

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  • Fort Worth -- Mayor Betsy Price issued a stay-at-home order on March 24.
  • Grapevine -- Mayor William Tate issued a disaster declaration on March 17. The city's website has been including Tarrant County updates since then.
  • Mansfield -- Mayor David Cook issued a "stay home, work safe" order starting 11:59 p.m. on March 24. This is the second amended declaration and follows the restrictions included in the county's order from March 24.

Wise County stay-at-home order

County Judge J.D. Clark issued a disaster declaration on March 23. On April 5, Clark issued a stay-at-home order until April 30. Restrictions include staying at home except for "essential business" or to "engage in essential daily activities.

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