The City of Denton is working closely with state and county health officials as we monitor the developing impacts of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
The Denton County Public Health Department
is the local public health authority and will share the most updated information: www.dentoncounty.gov/coronavirus.
Information hotline: (940) 349-2585 (available weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
City Facility Reopening Schedule has been Updated
DENTON, TX, July 5, 2020 – In a response to the rise in local COVID-19 cases, the City of Denton has modified the extent to which its facilities are open to the public. These changes not only help to reduce the possible risk of COVID transmission within City facilities, but to also support the continuity of services in the event City staff are significantly impacted by the virus. In a related measure, City employees, where possible, will practice telecommuting as a preventative measure.
Additionally, consistent with Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-29, all persons entering a City facility will be required to wear a face covering unless they are exempted under GA-29.
Click here to see the updated Facility Reopening Schedule.
Governor Abbott Establishes Statewide Face Covering Requirement, Issues Proclamation To Limit Gatherings
July 2, 2020 | Austin, Texas | Press Release
Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others.
"Wearing a face covering in public is proven to be one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so that Texans can continue to earn a paycheck, but it requires each of us to do our part to protect one another—and that means wearing a face covering in public spaces. Likewise, large gatherings are a clear contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Restricting the size of groups gatherings will strengthen Texas’ ability to corral this virus and keep Texans safe. We all have a responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. If Texans commit to wearing face coverings in public spaces and follow the best health and safety practices, we can both slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep Texas open for business. I urge all Texans to wear a face covering in public, not just for their own health, but for the health of their families, friends, and for all our fellow Texans.”
Additionally, the Governor released a new video message to coincide with his Executive Order, encouraging Texans to do their part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep their communities safe. The video can be downloaded at this link and can also be viewed on YouTube.
View the Governor's Executive Order.
View the Governor's Proclamation.
The City of Denton has compiled COVID-19 resources to assist the Denton community during this pandemic. Details and guidelines on for reopening businesses and services is found on the COVID-19 Business Guidelines
page. Our Business Resources
page provides numerous local, state and federal resources available to assist Denton businesses and employees impacted by the pandemic. Additionally, the City has partnered with United Way of Denton County to expand its Information and Referral program to individuals and businesses navigate and access these resources. Click here to learn more about the program
The Community Resources
page highlights a range of services provided by public sector, community, and economic development partners to help people in the service, event, arts and other industries who need access to critical services.
CITY Updates & Press Releases
To protect the health and safety of the community and our employees and help minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the City of Denton has modified certain services. Updates on City of Denton operations during the pandemic can are available on the City Service and Program Updates
City Service FAQs
City Press Releases
- July 5, 2020- City of Denton Updates Facility Openings
- June 26, 2020- Denton City Council Adopts Order Regarding Face Coverings
- May 29, 2020- City of Denton to Open Select Facilities June 1
- May 8, 2020- City Schedules Virtual Public Meetings for May 11, 12, and 14
- May 1, 2020- May 5 and 6 Public Meetings to Offer Virtual Public Commenting Options
- April 30, 2020- Denton City Council Extends Declaration of Disaster
- April 22, 2020- Governor Abbott Allows for Retail-To-Go Model
- April 21, 2020- City of Denton & United Way of Denton County Collaborate to Help Residents Access COVID-19 Resources
- April 8, 2020- Council Petitioning State to Consider Additional Housing Protections for Unemployed Residents
- April 7, 2020- Denton City Council to Hold April 7 Emergency Meeting
- April 7, 2020- Denton City Council Adopts New Declaration of Disaster Order
- April 6, 2020- Denton City Council to Hold April 6 Emergency Meeting
- April 1, 2020- City Extends Facility Closures and Suspension of Events and Programming
- March 31, 2020- Governor Abbott Issues New Executive Order for State of Texas
- March 27, 2020- March 31 Special-Called City Council Meeting to be Held Remotely
- March 25, 2020- Message from Mayor Chris Watts
- March 24, 2020- Denton County, City of Denton Issue “Stay at Home” Mandates
- March 20, 2020, 8 p.m.- City Council Amends Declaration of Disaster Order, Postpones General & Special Election to November
- March 20, 2020, 11 a.m.- Emergency City Council Meeting for March 20
- March 17, 2020, 9:45 p.m.- Denton City Council Extends Declaration of Local Disaster for COVID-19
- March 17, 2020, 4:30 p.m.- City Announces Additional Facility Closures
- March 17, 2020, 10:30 a.m.- COVID-19 Designated as Qualifying Event for Small Business Association Economic Injury Disaster Loan
- March 16, 2020- City Announces Council Meeting Procedures During Disaster Period
- March 15, 2020- Denton PD Announces Temporary Response Protocol
- March 13, 2020, 5:30 p.m.- Mayor Issues Declaration of Local Disaster for COVID-19
- March 13, 2020, 1 p.m.- City Implements Precautionary Measures to Reduce COVID-19 Risk
- March 12, 2020- COVID-19 Information: City of Denton Working Closely with State and County Health Officials
Please check this page regularly for updates.