Denton City Council Extends Declaration of Disaster

Council Adopts New Order of Council That Supersedes Previous Orders


DENTON, TX, Sept. 23, 2020 – On Tuesday, Sept. 22, the Denton City Council voted to extend the Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency first executed by Mayor Chris Watts on Friday, March 13. The new declaration shall be in effect beginning 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22 through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31.

In addition, the Council adopted a new Tenth Order of Council to supersede previous orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new Order shall be in effect beginning 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22 through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31.

Under the Tenth Order of Council:

  • All commercial and non-profit entities providing goods or services directly to the public are required to develop and maintain a health and safety policy that: - Incorporates face covering and social distancing requirements of gubernatorial order GA-29; - Must be posted conspicuously at or near any commercial or non-profit entity in the City of Denton in clear view of any employees or members of the public entering the business;

  • The City Manager maintains the authority to create standard operating procedures and administrative directives as necessary during the duration of the Declaration of Local Disaster associated with this Order, and any extensions thereof, to protect the safety of employees and the public, including adopting procedures and directives related to personnel, or to open, close, or otherwise alter the operation of facilities or services of the City of Denton;

  • The City Manager is authorized to expend no more $2,750,000, including previously authorized funds, from the general fund reserve balance during this period to proceed with the necessary emergency responses and essential functions not already budgeted, which includes the previously authorized;

  • Provides flexibility to schedule meetings for City Committee, Commission, and Board meetings; and

  • Items included within previous orders of Council that are no longer applicable have been removed from this new order.


While no longer referenced in the order, all gubernatorial orders, such as GA-29 and GA-30, remain in effect. This includes face covering and social distancing requirements for individuals.

A copy of the Order of Council and its full provisions is available here and at www.cityofdenton.com. Visit www.cityofdenton.com/coronavirus for additional updates.

Contact: Ryan Adams, (940) 349-8565, Ryan.Adams@cityofdenton.com

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