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DENTON, TX, March 13, 2020 (5:30 p.m.) – On Friday, March 13, Mayor Chris Watts signed a declaration of local disaster for public health emergency to minimize the potential impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the City of Denton. Mayor Watts also issued an order prohibiting mass gatherings of 250 people or more in the City of Denton, effective from 5 p.m. Friday, March 13 until 5 p.m. Friday, March 20.

Currently, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Denton County. Denton County Public Health Department is the local public health authority and will share the most updated information.

The declaration of disaster for public health emergency will last for the next seven days unless otherwise extended by the Denton City Council.

With a disaster declaration and this order in effect, the City of Denton is able to:

  • Gain access to short-term funding opportunities.

  • Activate the emergency management plan.

  • Postpone non-essential Municipal Court proceedings.

  • Suspend all utility shutoffs for residential customers unable to pay.

  • Provide the City Manager authority to expend up to $50,000 in funding to the United Way of Denton County to assist individuals and families in the City of Denton, who have experienced income or job loss due to COVID-19, in eviction avoidance.

The City of Denton strongly urges organizations that serve high-risk populations, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to cancel gatherings of more than 20 people. Residents are urged not to attend non-essential gatherings to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The City of Denton continues to closely monitor the developing situation with COVID-19.

Click here to see the declaration and order for more information. Visit www.cityofdenton.com/coronavirus and www.dentoncounty.gov/coronavirus for additional updates.

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

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