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City, County issue shelter-in-place

Erath County and Dublin officials have voted to place residents under a shelter in place order, limiting gatherings during the day and prohibiting people from outside of a household entering a residence, except for special care situations. 


In a coordinated effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19 (also known as the novel coronavrius) in Erath County, the Erath County Commissioners Court, Dublin City Council and Stephenville City Council have issued a shelter in place for residents of Erath County and the cities of Dublin and Stephenville.

The orders were voted on in meetings held this afternoon (March 25), starting with county officials broadcast on Youtube and followed by the City of Stephenville in a meeting streamed live on Facebook and Youtube.

Dublin City Council slated an emergency meeting based on the results of the County and Stephenville decisions and met afterwards.

Dublin council members voted to accept the County declaration guidelines (see below) except that the number of people allowed in a business was clarified to 25 customers while meeting the six-foot spacing guidelines and the declaration was accepted until further notice at the Dublin city level with council members noting that the county ordinance is to be reviewed with possible extension before its April 1 deadline.

The City Council also amended Dublin's civil emergency ordinance to increase the maximum penalty under any emergency to the $2,000 limit proposed under the county ordinance.



Section 1: Shelter in Place Guidelines:

  • Erath County will be under a "shelter in place order" beginning on March 25 at 11:59 p.m. through April 1 at 11:59 p.m.
  • All public gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a household or living unit are prohibited, except for the limited purpose as expressly permitted below. (Nothing in the order prohibits the gathering of members of a household or living unit.)
  • All businesses are to observe social distancing guideline of maintaining a six-foot distance between employees and/or customers.
  • Restaurants may only provide take out, delivery or drive-through services.
  • Religious and worship services may only be provided by video and teleconference. Religious institutions must limit in-person staff to 10 people or less and follow social distancing guidelines.
  • All travel except essential travel and essential activities are prohibited but allows travel into or out of the city to perform essential activities, essential businesses or maintain essential governmental functions.
  • All elective medical, surgical or dental procedures are prohibited anywhere in Erath County.


Section 2: Essential Activities

  • Essential activities include activities related to health and safety of family members and pets; obtaining medical supplies or medication and visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies needed to work from home.
  • Obtaining necessary supplies for themselves or their family or to delivers those services to others (groceries, pet supplies and other household consumer products and products to maintain safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences.
  • Outdoor activities provided the individuals comply with social distancing.
  • To perform work providing essential services.


Section 3: Childcare Services

Childcare facilities may continue to operate with the following guidelines:

  • Children's temperatures must be checked regularly and those with fever must be sent home
  • Groups must be 10 or fewer each day.
  • Child groups may not be interchanged. Each care provider must stay with one group and not change.
  • Groups at the same facility must be in separate rooms.


Section 4: Delivery/transport

Delivery hour and transport restrictions are lifted to or from any entity involved in the selling or distribution of food products, medicine or medicinal supplies in Erath for the next 60 days.


Section 5: Toilet Paper

Mandatory limit on toilet paper sales until supply chain meets the demand (or two weeks, whichever comes first): 12 rolls per purchase or one package per purchase.


Section 6: Home isolation

If someone in the household tests COVID-19 positive, the entire household is ordered to isolate at home and not go to work, school or any other community function. Any person experiencing common symptoms of COVID is ordered to stay at home and follow CDC guidelines on when to discontinue home isolation.


Section 7: Elder care facilities

Nursing homes, retirement and long-term care facilities are instructed by the order to prohibit non-essential visitors from entering unless providing critical assistance or end-of-life visitation.


Section 8: Declaration terms

The order is effective until April 1 at 11:59 p.m. or until it is rescinded, suspended or amended.


Section 9: Declaration circulation

The order must be provided on the County's website, and copies will be provided to members of the public upon request.


Section 10: Home isolation

If any portion of the order is found invalid, the remainder of the declaration will not be affected


Section 11: Fines

Anyone who knowingly violates the declaration and commits an offense will be subject to a fine not less than $50 and not more than $2,000 or confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days.


Section 12: Resolution of conflict

  • Any order or law that would prevent temporary shelter in response to the declared COVID-19 disaster is suspended or modified to make these regulations effective.
  • Any ordinance or regulation imposing a time requirement for application approval or denial is tolled.
  • Any ordinance or regulation that conflict with the declaration's regulations are suspended or modified to make the regulations effective.
  • The suspensions or modifications of the section are in effect as long as the declaration is in effect or declared disaster conditions exist.


Social Distancing Requirements

Maintain at least 6 feet from other individuals.

Proper hand washing/using hand sanitizer.

Covering cough or sneezes into sleeve or elbow.

Regular cleaning high-touch surfaces.

No shaking hands.


To see more guidelines from the CDC, check out special information provided by Dublin ISD and the Dublin Citizen available for free here:

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