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Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others. Click here to read more on the Executive Order.
Governor Abbott Takes Executive Action To Contain Spread Of COVID-19Limits Certain Businesses And Services With Direct Link To Infections
Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. This decision comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations have increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, which the Governor previously stated would lead to further preventative action. The targeted, measured directives in the executive order are based on links between certain types of businesses and services and the recent rise in positive cases throughout the state.
The order includes the following:
Denton County has started their Phase II Grants. Denton County has launched the OPEN (Operational Plan for Economic Normalization) Grant with $20 million available through grants for businesses physically operating within Denton County. The goal of this program is to assist the businesses that have been negatively financially impacted by COVID-19. If you still have questions after reading the information below, please email questions to OPENgrants@dentoncounty.gov or call 940-349-4280 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Click here for more grant information!
Denton County Public Health (DCPH) is providing a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing center in Lewisville on Friday, June 26, 2020. The testing center will be held at Lewisville High School at 1098 W. Main Street from 8 AM – 12 PM. Eligible community members are those who have had symptoms of COVID-19 within the past seven days, essential employees, individuals 60 years and older, as well as individuals who have had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. All community members must call to pre-register for testing at 940-349-2585.
Update from the Roanoke Parks and Recreation Department: We are happy to announce that the Roanoke splash pads will be opening on Tuesday, June 9.
Governor Abbott presented Phase III of Open Texas on June 3. Effective immediately, all businesses in Texas will be able to operate at up to 50% capacity, with very limited exceptions. Businesses that previously have been able to operate at 100% capacity may continue to do so, and most outdoor areas are not subject to capacity limits. All businesses and customers should continue to follow minimum standard health protocols laid out by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
Update from the Roanoke Parks and Recreation Department:Roanoke Community Pool: We are excited to announce that the Roanoke Community Pool will be reopening on Tuesday, June 9. The pool will operate at 25% occupancy on a first come, first served basis. Pool hours through August 20 will be:
*Swim lessons will not be taught this summer.
Summer Camps: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, summer camps for 2020 have been cancelled. We appreciate your understanding.
Please contact the Roanoke Recreation Center at 817-837-9930 with questions.
We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.
The City of Roanoke is to re-open the recreation center and library on Monday, May 18 with special provisions as follows:
Roanoke Recreation Center: Opens Monday, May 18
Open Monday – Saturday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
The following changes will be in effect starting Monday in keeping the Recreation Center at 25% occupancy:
The following areas will remain closed:
Recreation Center admittance will be for members only. No drop-ins at this time. Members must bring their own recreational equipment during this time. The recreation center will not be checking out equipment.
Steps we’re taking to improve health and safety:
Roanoke Library: Opens Tuesday, May 19
The Roanoke Public Library is happy to announce that we will be opening our doors for up to 25% occupancy starting May 19. We will be offering WiFi access along with staff service for selection of materials. We do still highly encourage patrons to utilize the curbside service for picking up materials to help us maintain a safe environment. We will have our doors open from 10AM-4PM Tuesday through Friday and continue to offer curbside services from 10AM-5PM Monday through Friday. We appreciate your patience as we continue to work toward offering more services in a safe environment.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!
In a news conference Tuesday, May 5, Gov. Greg Abbott expanded business openings across the state including:
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
More details are available in the news release here.
Effective Monday, May 4 the following City of Roanoke services will be reopened during Governor Greg Abbott’s Phase I plan:- Roanoke City Hall- Roanoke Police Department Lobby- Roanoke Fire Department Lobby- Roanoke Municipal Court Service Window- Roanoke Public Library (Curbside Pickup Services Only)*- Roanoke Visitors Center & Museum- Roanoke Public Works- Roanoke Tennis Courts (No more than 4 participants at a time)
Although some buildings will be reopened, we highly encourage transactions be handled by phone or online. If you need to stop by in person, social distancing guidelines must be practiced at all times.
The following operations remain closed during Governor Greg Abbott’s Phase I plan:- The Roanoke Recreation Center- Roanoke Senior Center/Community Center- All Park Playgrounds- Roanoke Community Pool- Splash Pads- Basketball Courts
- Volleyball Courts- Skate Parks- Summer Camps- Park Pavilions and Restrooms
* The Roanoke Public Library will be offering curbside pickup services and bookdrop access to return materials. For more information, please visit at www.rpltx.com, www.facebook.com/RPLTX or call 817-491-2691.
The Governor’s Report to Open Texas
Retail-to-Go begins today across Texas
Information for Small Business Owners:
How to Survive COVID-19
Webinar and Education Resources
Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference where he issued three new Executive Orders to begin the process of reopening the state of Texas while revising hospital capacity and certain social distancing guidelines. Within the orders, select activities and services that pose minimal to no threat of spreading COVID-19 are allowed to reopen using a "Retail-To-Go" model, certain restrictions on surgeries have been loosened, and schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. Click here to read more.
A notice from the Roanoke Parks and Recreation Department: City splash pads will have a delayed opening for the Spring/Summer 2020. We will post updates as they become available. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For questions, contact the Roanoke Recreation Center at 817-837-9930.
Effective Monday, April 20, 2020, the dumpsters located at the Public Works Facility, will be made available to ROANOKE RESIDENTS ONLY by APPOINTMENT ONLY. NO EXCEPTIONS! Click here to read more.
Roanoke City Council Renews Mayoral Declaration of Disaster and Stay At Home Order to April 30, 2020
All court ordered deadlines will be extended until May 18, 2020. (For a period of ten (10) days following the date the Governor’s Order has been lifted, currently scheduled to be lifted on May 8, 2020.)
This shall include, but is not limited to:
a) Appearance Dates;
b) Payment Dates;
c) Deadlines for submitting Driver Safety Courses, Driving Records, Tobacco classes, Community Service hours and Alcohol education courses.
Denton County Extends "Stay at Home" Mandate thru April 30
Denton County Extends "Stay at Home" Mandate thru April 7
Denton County Extends "Stay at Home" Mandate thru March 31
Roanoke City Council Resolution Renewing Disaster Declaration Effective at 11:59 p.m. on March 25, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2020
The Roanoke City Council voted to extend the amended Mayoral Declaration of Disaster, which includes the "Stay At Home" order. These orders mirror those from the Denton County Executive Order. This order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. tonight.
*Soliciting is also prohibited at this time.
Effective immediately, all City buildings are closed to walk-in public access until further notice. Payments can be made via phone or online (CLICK HERE).
Roanoke City Hall: 817-491-2411
Roanoke Police Department (Non-emergency): 817-491-6052
Roanoke Municipal Court: 817-491-0813
Roanoke Fire Department (non-Emergency): 817-491-2301
Roanoke Permits: 817-490-1308
This order will be effective until March 31, 2020, unless extended by the Denton County Commissioners Court or rescinded by the Denton County Judge.
Out of an abundance of caution and in response to CDC recommendations regarding COVID-19, the Roanoke skatepark will be closed starting Monday, March 23. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
As a City, we encourage you to enjoy our parks and trails while practicing social distancing and limiting the size of gatherings to no more than 10 people.
Click here to view the City of Roanoke, Texas Mayoral Declaration of Local State of Disaster Due to Public Health Emergency.
Click here to view the Proclamation
New executive order from Denton County Judge Andy Eads effective March 19, 2020 at 11:59 a.m. mandates:
Out of caution and in an effort to follow the recommendations from Denton County in response to the public health emergency declaration stemmed from COVID-19, the City of Roanoke will be making a number of changes to facility hours and operations effective Tuesday, March 17 through Sunday, March 29:
Roanoke City Hall: Remains open at this time.
Roanoke Municipal Court: Remains open at this time.
Roanoke Police Department: Remains open at this time.
Roanoke Fire Department: Station doors will be closed to the public to protect the EOC.
Roanoke Public Library: Closed through Sunday, March 29.
Roanoke Recreation Center: Closed through Sunday, March 29.
Roanoke Community/Senior Center: Closed through Sunday, March 29.
Roanoke Visitor’s Center & Museum: Tentatively closed through Sunday, March 29.
Roanoke Public Works:
City Parks: OPEN
City Meetings: Meetings of the Roanoke City Council, as well as city boards and commissions, will continue as scheduled. Meeting minutes will be available online.
City Events: CANCELED including Roanoke’s Easter EggAPalooza on April 4 and the Roanoke Roundup on May 2. POSTPONED events include the Evenings on Oak Street Spring concert series and the Roanoke Farmers Market (dates TBD).
Non-City Events: Non-city private events have been canceled through the 1st week of June. Requests to host special events on City property are not accepted at this time.
For more information regarding novel coronavirus activity in the United States, please visit the following websites:
If you have questions, please call the Denton County Coronavirus Hotline at 940-349-2585.