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Posted on: March 16, 2020

City & County COVID-19 Updates

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Updated July 2, 2020:

Governor Abbott Establishes Statewide Face Covering Requirement, Issues Proclamation To Limit Gatherings

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.


Updated June 26, 2020:

Governor Abbott Takes Executive Action To Contain Spread Of COVID-19
Limits 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:

  • All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 PM today. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. 
  • Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.
  • Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
  • Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.
For more information, click here

Updated June 24, 2020:

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!

Updated June 23, 2020:

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.

Updated June 4, 2020:

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. 

Updated June 3, 2020:

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).

Effective June 3:

  • All businesses currently operating at 25% capacity can expand their occupancy to 50% with certain exceptions.
  • Bars and similar establishments may increase their capacity to 50% as long as patrons are seated.
  • Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with less than 1,000 confirmed positive cases may open at 50% capacity.
  • Restaurants may expand their maximum table size from 6 to 10 persons.

Effective June 12:

  • Restaurants may expand their occupancy levels to 75%.
  • Counties with 10 or less active COVID-19 cases may expand their occupancy limits to 75%. Counties that fit this category but have not previously filed an attestation with DSHS will need to do so.

Effective June 19:

  • Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with more than 1,000 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 may open at 50% capacity.

Additional Openings:

Special provisions have been made for outdoor gatherings, such as Fourth of July celebrations, but it is imperative that local officials and public health officials collaborate on safe standards. These provisions are included in the Governor’s Executive Order and are also available on the Open Texas webpage. 


Updated May 28, 2020:

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:

  • Tuesday-Friday, 11AM – 7PM
  • Saturday 10AM – 7PM
  • Sunday 1PM – 7PM

*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. 


Updated May 21, 2020:

The City of Roanoke parks, skate park, basketball and volleyball courts will re-open as of Friday, May 22. Be aware, City does not have the capability to sanitize the equipment.Please remember to continue practicing good hygiene and to stay home if you are sick. This includes maintaining social distancing, wearing a face mask, and avoiding commonly-shared items. In addition, please follow the guidelines below when visiting the parks:
  • Practice social distancing and avoid congregating
  • Bring hand sanitizer and sanitize your hands regularly
  • A face mask is recommended for anyone over 2 years of age
  • Do not bring food or drink into the playground area

We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.

Updated May 16, 2020:

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:

  • Weight room: 22 members
  • Gymnasium: 16 members (4/basketball goal)
  • Group exercise: Classes will remain on social media
  • Walking track: Open, but social distancing must remain in effect at all times
  • Racquetball Courts: 2 people per court; must bring own equipment

The following areas will remain closed:

  • Game room
  • Child area
  • Showers/locker room
  • Classrooms
  • Splash pads
  • Community Pool
  • No other classes will be scheduled at this time. We will be making recommendations on summer camps next week.


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:

  • Recreation Center employees will have their temperature checked prior to entering facility
  • Recreation Center employees will:
    • Wear appropriate gloves and face mask
    • Work from behind a protective shield


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.


Updated May 12, 2020:

In response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the City of Roanoke City Council and the Roanoke Economic and Industrial Development Corporation, A Type A economic development corporation, authorized a Stimulus Program to assist businesses negatively affected by the pandemic. The Stimulus Program is a local economic development program to help reduce the resulting economic strain on local businesses. On March 19, 2020 Roanoke City Council declared a local declaration of disaster. As a result, the pandemic caused closures and limitations on local businesses in Roanoke.


Applications may be submitted online using the link below, or by completing the program application and submitting to Cody Petree at cpetree@roanoketexas.com and Mary Jo Tellin at mtellin@roanoketexas.com.


CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!


Updated May 8, 2020:

Denton County has launched the OPEN (Operational Plan for Economic Normalization) Grant with $2.2 million available through grants for businesses physically operating within Denton County. The goal of this program is to help the businesses that have been closed the longest and negatively impacted by COVID-19.  

Click here for Denton County Guidelines
Click here for the News Release

Updated May 4, 2020:

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.


Updated April 29, 2020:

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.


Updated April 27, 2020:

The Governor’s Report to Open Texas


Updated April 24, 2020:

Retail-to-Go begins today across Texas

Retail to go info


Updated April 21, 2020:

Information for Small Business Owners:

How to Survive COVID-19

Webinar and Education Resources


Updated April 17, 2020:

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.


Updated April 16, 2020:

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.


Updated April 15, 2020:

Roanoke City Council Renews Mayoral Declaration of Disaster and Stay At Home Order to April 30, 2020

The Roanoke City Council voted to extend the amended Mayoral Declaration of Disaster, which includes the "Stay At Home" order until April 30, 2020. These orders mirror those from the Denton County Executive Order. 


Updated April 14, 2020:

The Roanoke Municipal Court has cancelled all court dockets effective March 16, 2020 through May 18, 2020. You will be rescheduled. Notice will mailed to your address on file with the Court.

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.

For more information from Municipal Courts, click here.


Updated April 8, 2020:

Out of an abundance of caution and in response to CDC recommendations regarding COVID-19, the Roanoke tennis, basketball and volleyball courts will be closed starting Thursday, April 9. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 


We know there’s a big weekend coming up, but please remember that social distancing remains in effect at all times while enjoying our parks and trails. The Denton County Executive Order specifies that the only allowable use of parks at this time are for walking, biking, hiking or running.


Denton County Executive Order:
“All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited, except as otherwise provided herein. For purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following “Essential Activities” or “Essential Services”: To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet, except as family units (for example, walking, biking, hiking, or running). The use of public access playground equipment is prohibited.”


Updated April 7, 2020:

Denton County Extends "Stay at Home" Mandate thru April 30


Updated March 31, 2020:

Denton County Extends "Stay at Home" Mandate thru April 7


Updated March 27, 2020:

Denton County Extends "Stay at Home" Mandate thru March 31


Updated March 25, 2020:

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.

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*Soliciting is also prohibited at this time.


Updated March 24, 2020:

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


Updated March 24, 2020:

Denton County Issues "Stay at Home" Mandate effective March 25 at 11:59 p.m. 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 drive- through 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 drive- through 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.


Updated March 23, 2020: 

New executive order from Denton County Judge Andy Eads effective March 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. mandates:
  • 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.



Updated March 22, 2020:

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.


Updated March 21, 2020:

Out of an abundance of caution and in response to CDC recommendations regarding COVID-19, park playgrounds and public restrooms will be closed starting Sunday, March 22. 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. 


Updated March 19, 2020:

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


Updated March 18, 2020:

New executive order from Denton County Judge Andy Eads effective March 19, 2020 at 11:59 a.m. mandates: 

  • Restricts all community gatherings across Denton County to 50 people or fewer
  • Orders the closing of all bars, lounges, taverns, nightclubs, gyms and health clubs, theaters, and entertainment or amusement venues. Restaurants, for now, may remain open for drive‐ through, delivery, pick‐up and curbside service only. Dine‐in service is prohibited.
  • Due to this national public health emergency, President Trump has asked landlords to not proceed with eviction processes at this time. The Office of the Denton County Judge asks landlords to take this into serious consideration during these times of uncertainty.
  • Nursing homes, retirement, short‐ and long‐term care facilities are instructed to prohibit non‐essential visitors from accessing their facilities unless to provide critical assistance or for end‐of‐life visitation.
  • 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 removes restrictions on delivery times to or from any entity involved in the selling or distribution of food products, medicine or medical supplies in Denton County for the next 60 days.
  • Public and private schools and institutions of higher education are encouraged to update their Multi‐Hazards Emergency Operations Plan as defined by Texas Education Code (TEC) 3.108 at least 72 hours before students return to classroom settings.
This order will be effective until 11 a.m. on March 25, 2020, until it is either rescinded, suspended or amended pursuant to applicable law.


Updated March 16, 2020:

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. 

  • Utility Billing: Payments via phone, website, ACH withdrawal and drop box use are highly encouraged to reduce social interaction.
    • Issues making an on-time payment will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. For more information, contact the utility billing office at 817-491-2411.
  • Permits: Applications submitted online and payments via phone are highly encouraged to reduce social interaction.
    • Pre-construction meetings to be held by conference call.

Roanoke Municipal Court: Remains open at this time. 

  • Public court dockets scheduled for March 24, March 26, April 7 will be rescheduled for a later date.
  • Payments via phone and website are highly encouraged to reduce social interaction.

Roanoke Police Department: Remains open at this time.

  • Highly encourage the public to call the station versus visiting to reduce social interaction.

Roanoke Fire Department: Station doors will be closed to the public to protect the EOC.

  • Station tours, CFA, ride-outs, awards banquet all postponed until further notice.

Roanoke Public Library: Closed through Sunday, March 29.

  • Library will exercise a grace-period on returns until further notice.
  • Library drop-box still accessible.

Roanoke Recreation Center: Closed through Sunday, March 29.

  • All scheduled classes/programming canceled.

Roanoke Community/Senior Center: Closed through Sunday, March 29.


Roanoke Visitor’s Center & Museum: Tentatively closed through Sunday, March 29.


Roanoke Public Works:

  • Dumpster closed to the public through Sunday, March 29.


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.

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