Message from Mayor Chris Watts

March 25, 2020


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The health and safety of our community is always a top priority for the City of Denton, especially in unprecedented times like these.


City leadership, staff, and your City Council members are working diligently every day to make sure that we are doing all we can to keep you – our Denton residents and businesses – safe, healthy, and informed as we try to minimize the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our community.


On March 13, I signed a declaration of local disaster for public health emergency. Since that time, the Denton City Council has worked to amend the declaration as we learn more about the rapidly evolving situation and actions from Denton County and the State of Texas. Yesterday, in coordination with Denton County, I signed a new “Stay at Home” order to help safeguard the community from further spread of COVID-19 in our community.


During this time, City facilities are closed to the public to prevent the spread of this fast-moving virus. Additionally, all previously scheduled City-sponsored programs and events were canceled or postponed until further notice.


Though our facilities are temporarily closed, you can rest assured that City services will continue throughout this difficult period. Our City staff continues to work around the clock to provide the essential services you and your family rely upon every day. From ensuring that your trash is collected to keeping water and electricity flowing into your home, have no doubt that your City is still working to serve you.


Our first responders are still dedicated to providing the service that our community has grown to expect. Know that the Police and Fire Departments are working around the clock and will be there when you need them.


In addition to our first responders, our Emergency Management team is working out of our Emergency Operations Center as they monitor the latest developments, both locally and around the world, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control, Texas Department of State Health Services, Denton County Public Health, and various other agencies.


The City has created www.cityofdenton.com/coronavirus to share up-to-date announcements and resources to keep you informed and updated on the latest developments throughout this COVID-19 situation. On the website, you will find my “Stay at Home” order, press releases, resources for local businesses, a list of businesses with adapted service or take-out/delivery options, information on facility closures and program cancellations, and a number of helpful links to resources and agencies who can help you through this difficult time.


While we are not sure how long we’ll be battling this storm together, you can do your part to help our community by ordering take-out, drive-through, or delivery meals from local restaurants, and going online to purchase goods from local businesses.


It is essential that you follow the advice of health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Denton County Public Health Department:

  • practice social distancing by staying six feet away from others;

  • wash your hands thoroughly and often;

  • cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze;

  • clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces; and

  • stay home when you are sick.


Additionally, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, before visiting a doctor’s office or urgent care facility, be sure to call them to share your symptoms before taking any further action. They can advise you of what next steps and tests, if any, need to be taken.


And finally, unless you work for an essential business or are performing an essential activity, please stay at home.


You and your family can feel confident that the City of Denton is working diligently every day to keep this community safe and healthy. We thank you for your continued support, understanding, and trust through this global emergency.


Just know, through all of this, we are proud to be here when you need us most.


Sincerely,







Mayor Chris Watts

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