Dallas County extends shelter-in-place order through May 15

Dallas County commissioners voted April 21 to extend the county's shelter-in-place order through May 15. (Screenshot courtesy FOX 4 News)
Dallas County commissioners voted April 21 to extend the county's shelter-in-place order through May 15. (Screenshot courtesy FOX 4 News)

Dallas County commissioners voted April 21 to extend the county's shelter-in-place order through May 15. (Screenshot courtesy FOX 4 News)

The shelter-in-place order in Dallas County has been extended through May 15 following an April 21 vote by Commissioners Court.

A statewide executive order signed by Gov. Greg Abbott expires April 30, but County Judge Clay Jenkins insisted that Dallas County’s order is not in conflict with the governor’s.

“If I’m wrong, he will quickly tell us that we have to let everybody play pickup basketball and do whatever they want to on April 30,” Jenkins said at the meeting.

Jenkins also emphasized the importance of maintaining social distancing and making smart decisions as retailers and state parks begin to resume business.

This decision comes as Gov. Greg Abbott announced April 17 a phased reopening of Texas’ economy, which allows for retail to-go and some elective surgeries.


“If we don’t do this right, we will suffer the fate of everyone who has done it wrong so far, and we will have a second wave of COVID[-19],” Jenkins said.

Dallas County reported additional 90 COVID-19 cases today, bringing the county total to 2,602 cases, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services.

The county is also reporting four more deaths, three of whom were Mesquite residents. The fourth death was a Duncanville resident. This brings the countywide death toll to 64.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.