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Denton County Disaster Declaration shall continue through May 15, 2020

1. Effective as of 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020, this Disaster Declaration shall continue through May 15, 2020, by Order of the Denton County Commissioners Court unless rescinded by the County Judge, pursuant to §418.108(b) of the Government Code:

2. The Denton County Emergency Operations Plan and the Denton County Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Plan shall remain activated through the end of the COVID-19 disaster.

3. As allowed by Local Government Code 262.024, exempt bidding requirements for the purpose of purchasing items necessary to preserve or protect the public health or safety of the residents of the county. This exemption shall remain in effect until a time when the Disaster Declaration is lifted.

4. Nothing in this Order is intended to impose restrictions inconsistent with Order GA-18 or any other subsequent order issued by the Governor in effect relating to COVID-19. Please visit www.gov.texas.gov/news to read the current Executive Orders of the Governor.

5. To the greatest extent possible, all businesses and residents shall comply with the Social Distancing Guideline set forth by the CDC and Governor’s Report to Open Texas dated April 27, 2020. (www.gov.texas.gov/opentexas)

6. Texas Commissioned Peace Officers are hereby authorized to enforce this Order.  A violation of this Order may be punishable through criminal or civil enforcement. A violation of this Order is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $500. Violators of the Order will be issued a citation. The citation will contain written notice of the time and place the person must appear before a magistrate of this state, the name and address of the person charged, and the offense charged.

7. The County of Denton must promptly provide copies of this Order by posting on dentoncounty.gov. If any subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this Order or any application of it to any person, structure, gathering, or circumstance is held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a decision of a court of competent jurisdiction, then such decision will not affect the validity of the remaining portions or applications of this Order.

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