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City Council Extends Declaration of Local State of Disaster for a Public Health Emergency through April 28, 2020: COVID-19 Closures and Impacts

​​​City of Coppell Extends Declaration of a State of Emergency Through April 28, 2020

Based on the amended Order from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, the Coppell City Council voted to adopt a resolution to further amend the City of Coppell Mayoral Declaration of Local State of Disaster for a Public Health Emergency and accompanying Orders and extend the state of disaster through April 28, 2020.
 
It is essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to protect the ability of public and private healthcare providers to handle the influx of new patients and to protect the most vulnerable members of the Coppell community. To comply with this Order and the recommendations, the City of Coppell is taking the following steps. All closures will be in place through April 28, 2020, unless otherwise specified. All closures are subject to change as circumstances warrant. 
 
Citywide Closures and Impacts

  • Public and private community gatherings of 50 persons or more are prohibited anywhere in the city of Coppell.
    • A community gathering is any indoor or outdoor event or convening that brings together or is likely to bring together 50 or more people at the same time in a single room or other single confined or enclosed space, such as an auditorium, theatre, stadium (indoor or outdoor), event center, meeting hall, conference center, large cafeteria, or any other confined indoor or confined outdoor space.
    • An outdoor community gathering is limited to events in confined outdoor spaces, which means an outdoor space that is enclosed by a fence, physical barrier, or other structure; and where people are present and are within 6-feet of one another for extended periods. For clarity, community gatherings include, but are not limited to, weddings, religious services, funerals, and other gatherings.
    • Please note: This Order does not prohibit gatherings of people in multiple, separate enclosed spaces in a single building such as residential buildings or hotels, so long as 50 people are not present in any single space at the same time. This Order also does not prohibit the use of enclosed spaces where 50 or more people may be present at different times during the day, so long as 50 or more people are not present in the space at the same time. For example, residential buildings may continue to operate their common facilities, such as laundry facilities, so long as 50 or more people are not present at the same time.
      • This Order does not apply to airports and transit facilities, government buildings providing essential services, office buildings, grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals and medical facilities, provided that employees take steps to implement social distancing protocols.  
  • Public and private social or recreational gatherings of 10 persons or more are prohibited anywhere in the city of Coppell.
    • A social or recreational gathering is any indoor or outdoor event or convening that is primarily social or recreational in nature that brings together or is likely to bring together 10 or more people at the same time in a single room or other single confined or enclosed space. For clarity, social gatherings include, but are not limited to, parties, backyard barbecues, social events, sporting events, and other gatherings. Private facilities, such as county clubs, may still operate their outdoor facilities, such as golf or tennis courts, but must limit indoor activities, such as their card rooms and similar amenities to 10 people or less.
  • It is strongly recommended that social distancing protocols are followed for gatherings of 10 persons or less.
  • High-risk individuals [as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)] are urged in the strongest terms possible to not attend any event.
  • If someone in a household has tested positive for COVID-19, the household is ordered to isolate at home. Members of the household cannot go to work, school, or any other community function.
  • Nursing homes, retirement, 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.
  • Restaurants with or without a drive-in or drive-through services may only provide takeout, delivery or drive through service, as allowed by law.
  • Microbreweries, micro-distilleries, or wineries may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-through services as allowed by law.
  • Bars, lounges, taverns, or arcades, private clubs and gyms shall close.
  • All delivery hour restrictions for transport to or from any entity involved in the selling or distribution of food products, medicine, or medical supplies in Dallas County are hereby suspended for the next 60 days.
 
City of Coppell Facility Closures
  • The Coppell Senior and Community Center is closed to the public. 
  • The CORE is closed to the public. All planned activities during this time have been canceled.
  • Wagon Wheel Tennis Center is closed to the public. There will be no private lessons during this time.
  • The Biodiversity Education Center is closed to the public. All planned activities during this time have been canceled.
  • The Cozby Library and Community Commons is closed to the public. All planned activities during this time have been canceled.
  • Life Safety Park is closed to the public. All planned activities during this time have been canceled.
  • Rolling Oaks Memorial Center will be holding scheduled services and meeting with families in need of services. The columbarium will remain open during normal operating hours for family visitation.
  • All Coppell Fire Stations are limited to emergency operations and are closed to non-emergency public visits and programs.
  • Coppell Town Center will be open during regular business hours during this time.
 
City of Coppell Service Impacts
  • Legally mandated public meetings – meetings of the Coppell City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission – will continue as scheduled. All other board and commission meetings have been canceled.
  • All dockets, trials and hearings at the Coppell Municipal Court have been postponed through May 8, 2020. Jail hearings will proceed as normal.
  • The Planning Division will not accept zoning, plats or other land use cases.
  • In-home inspections involving water heaters, HVAC units, minor repairs, and roofs suspended.
    • Inspections for external improvements such as for fences, accessory structures and emergency utility inspections will continue.
  • If you experience difficulty paying your water bill, please contact Utility Billing at 972-304-3695. You can pay your bills without coming to Town Center:
  • Due to facility closures and in compliance with current regulations limiting gathering sizes, indoor and outdoor rental applications will not be accepted until further notice. 
  • ​For inquiries related to Parks and Recreation facilities, please call 972-462-5100.​​
 
City of Coppell Event Cancelations
  • The Sunset Social scheduled for Friday, March 20 in Old Town has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.
  • All planned activities at the Biodiversity Education Center have been canceled.
  • All planned activities at the Cozby Library and Community Commons have been canceled.
  • All planned activities at Life Safety Park have been canceled.
  • All planned activities at Wagon Wheel Tennis Center have been canceled.
  • All planned activities at The CORE have been canceled.
  • All planned activities at the Coppell Senior and Community Center have been canceled.
  • EarthFest scheduled for Saturday, April 18 has been canceled.
  • CozbyCon scheduled for Saturday, April 18 has been canceled.
  • Old Town Anniversary: Party on the Lawn scheduled for Friday, May 1 has been canceled.
  • Food Truck Frenzy scheduled for Saturday, May 9 has been canceled.
  • The Arts Center Grand Opening activities scheduled from May 14-16 have been canceled.
  • All CPAC community initiatives have been canceled.
  • Citizens on Patrol activities have been suspended.
  • Women’s Self-Defense classes have been canceled.
  • Junior Police Academy activities have been canceled.
  • The Police Department vs. Fire Department softball game has been postponed.
  • Coffee with Cops has been canceled.
  • Teen Diversion activities have been canceled.
  • The Explorers program activities have been canceled.

 
“While this is a serious situation, I continue to urge the community to remain calm,” added Hunt. “The declaration and amendment of local state of disaster allows the City access to necessary state and federal resources, including financial resources.”
 
According to City Attorney Bob Hager, the Mayor is granted statutory authority to declare a state of disaster by Section 418.108 of the Texas Government Code governing emergency operations for the city. However, State law dictates that a Mayoral declaration must expire on the seventh day after it’s issuance. Therefore, at the March 18, 2020 Special Called City Council Meeting, the Coppell City Council voted to extend the state of disaster through April 28, 2020. The Council may amend or rescind the declaration and Orders at any time.
 
In addition to extending the timeframe for the state of disaster, the Coppell City Council also voted to further amend the Mayoral declaration and Orders. On March 18, 2020, Dallas County further amended its Orders. Therefore, the Council took action to update the City of Coppell’s Orders to match those handed down by the County.
 
“Dallas County has imposed further measures to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the virus,” said Hunt. “The safety of our residents and our community is our top priority. Continue to take simple, precautionary measures that will help keep you and our community safe: wash your hands, avoid touching your face and stay home if you are feeling sick. Our emergency service teams are prepared to respond, and we have plans in place to ensure that the city continues to operate through the pandemic.”   
 
This is a rapidly evolving situation, and updates will be made as new information becomes available. The City of Coppell is working closely with community partners, including Coppell ISD, to keep the community informed. Visit coppelltx.gov/coronavirus for the latest information about closures and community impacts. 
 
For more information about COVID-19, precautionary actions you can take or what to do if you fall ill, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/