UPDATED: Dallas County Judge extends stay-at-home order through April 30

Dallas County Commissioners voted April 3 to extend the county's stay-at-home order through May 20, but Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced April 4 that he is extending the county’s stay-at-home order only through April 30. (Courtesy Brian Jackson/Adobe Stock)
Dallas County Commissioners voted April 3 to extend the county's stay-at-home order through May 20, but Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced April 4 that he is extending the county’s stay-at-home order only through April 30. (Courtesy Brian Jackson/Adobe Stock)

Dallas County Commissioners voted April 3 to extend the county's stay-at-home order through May 20, but Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced April 4 that he is extending the county’s stay-at-home order only through April 30. (Courtesy Brian Jackson/Adobe Stock)

Editor's note: This story was corrected 4:15 p.m. April 4 to clarify that Dallas County Commissioners extended the county's disaster declaration through May 20, while county Judge Clay Jenkins extended the stay-at-home order through April 30.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced April 4 that he is extending the county’s stay-at-home order through April 30.

Previously on April 3, Dallas County Commissioners voted to extend the county’s disaster declaration order through May 20 while granting Jenkins the authority to lengthen the stay-at-home order.

He tweeted the following April 4:

Commissioners originally approved the disaster declaration extension 4-1, with Commissioner John Wiley Price opposed.

Price said he thought the Dallas County order should be less stringent than the order Gov. Greg Abbott signed March 31.


“Especially for historical African American businesses, it will decimate [them],” Price said. “We are trying to figure out ... which poison [we are] going to pick. 60 days. Do I stay with current ... mitigation? Or do I just say, 'Hey, can we make some amendment?'"

The commissioners added an amendment that stated the court will continue working with the business community in addressing COVID-19 with the advice of the health community. The amendment also stated that the county will continue to work with business owners that would be disproportionately affected by the order, such as barbershops.

The order also allows for the court to rescind the order if COVID-19 outbreak conditions improve sooner. The order is set to expire at 11:59 p.m. May 20.

“I think that’s what the doctors asked for,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said.
By Gavin Pugh
Gavin has reported for Community Impact Newspaper since June 2017. His beat has included Dallas Area Rapid Transit, public and higher education, school and municipal governments and more. He now serves as the editor of the Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake edition.


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