That backyard barbecue (provided you can actually get all the supplies for it) is going to have to wait – Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced further restrictions on how many can gather in one spot at any given time.
Jenkins’ newest announcement limits recreational gatherings to 10 or fewer in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“We are seeing a rapid community spread and we have to act aggressively,” he said.
House parties, barbecues, pick up basketball games are all verboten if they draw more than 10 people. So far, it’s the most strict policy in North Texas. Community gatherings like weddings and funerals are also limited to 50 people, according to the order.
All gyms and workout facilities are also closed.
But that wasn’t the only change – Jenkins also has ordered a 60-day halt on eviction hearings by Dallas County justices of the peace.
“We can ill afford to have people couch surfing or homeless,” he said.
He also lifted restrictions on when trucks can make deliveries, allowing them now to operate at any hour to deliver to stores since shelves continue to be emptied.
Dallas County commissioners will meet Thursday to vote on whether to extend the current emergency order.