Denton City Council Adopts New Declaration of Disaster Order

Stay at Home Order is Extended to Align with Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-14

DENTON, TX, April 7, 2020 – On Monday, April 6, the Denton City Council voted to adopt a new Order of Council to supersede previous orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. At Monday’s emergency meeting, in accordance with Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-14, issued on March 31, 2020, Council adopted the Stay-At-Home order for the city of Denton and authorized additional funding to assist individuals and families in need.

The declaration of disaster order shall be in effect beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 6 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 or until otherwise acted upon by the Council.

Under the declaration of disaster order:

  • All individuals currently living within the city of Denton are ordered to STAY AT HOME or their current place of residence, unless leaving their residences for Essential Activities or Business;

  • Essential Businesses are those defined by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and TDEM shall maintain an online list of essential services at;

  • Public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited;

  • Restaurants, bars, microbreweries, micro-distilleries, and wineries may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-through services;

  • If religious services cannot be conducted from home or through remote services, they should be conducted consistent with the Guidelines from the President and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC);

  • All non-essential City of Denton Municipal Court proceedings are postponed until after April 30, 2020;

  • All City of Denton utility non-payment shut-offs are suspended, without penalty or interest accrual, through April 30, 2020;

  • Up to $750,000 of funding is authorized to be spent for COVID-19 response activities;

  • Up to $50,000 of funding is authorized to be spent to increase utility assistance; and

  • An additional $50,000 of funding is authorized to be provided to the United Way of Denton County to assist individuals and families living in the city of Denton, who have experienced income or job loss directly resulting from COVID-19, in eviction avoidance, for a total of $100,000 authorized.

Click here to read the declaration of disaster order for more information and specific clarifications and exceptions to the amended order. Visit and for additional updates.

Information regarding community resources and volunteer and donation opportunities can be found online at

Information regarding the United Way of Denton County’s COVID-19 Relief Fund for housing assistance for those at-risk of experiencing homelessness as a result of COVID-19 can be found at

Contact: Ryan Adams, (940) 349-8565,

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