March 22, 2020
This Week's News                                                        
Monitoring Coronavirus
The Garland Health Department (GHD) has received reports of five confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Garland residents. 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an  Executive Order  March 19 with updated restrictions for group gatherings, school closings, nursing homes, and certain business activities such as restaurants and bars. 

Sunday, Dallas County issued a shelter in place order, requiring everyone to stay home, except to conduct essential activities such as getting food and supplies. Those working in essential retail establishments, medical services, and essential government and infrastructure functions are exempt. The order calls for the cancellation or postponement of all elective surgical or dental procedures. The order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 23, until 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 3.

Dallas County expanded its restrictions Saturday in response to COVID-19 and closed all n ail salons, h air salons,  barber shops, b eauty salons, h air removal services, s pas, and t attoo and piercing parlors. 

The new restrictions also prohibit a ll other non-medical, personal care services that cannot be provided while maintaining appropriate social distance, as well as  all elective medical, surgical and dental procedures.

The restrictions also place a limit on the sale of toilet paper and  requires individuals using shared outdoor spaces, such as public parks or trails, to maintain at least six feet of space from any other person at all times.

Garland Mayor Scott LeMay has updated  Garland's emergency declaration  to be consistent with Dallas County's. 

The Garland City Council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, March 23, to hear additional COVID-19 updates and consider whether to postpone the May 2 City election.

Code Compliance is no longer issuing garage sale permits and will prohibit garage sales until further notice. A complete list of closures or service changes for City facilities and departments is posted on the City's website.

The City of Garland is working closely with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and regional partners to ensure the City has best practices in place for our employees and our community.  We are monitoring updated recommendations from the CDC and DSHS and are prepared to respond to changing conditions. 

Each of us can take the following simple, yet effective measures to protect yourself, your family, and your co-workers and customers: wash hands thoroughly and often, cover coughs and sneezes, avoid touching your face, disinfect surfaces, maintain "social distance" of about 6 feet, and stay home if you're sick.  See our safety tips .

Monitor  GarlandTX.gov  and the City's social media pages for updates.
Defend Your Drains: No Wipes in Pipes
Garland Wastewater reminds you that flushing ANY KIND of wipes can cause a backup of the sanitary sewer system.  

ALL WIPES go in the trash, NO exceptions, no matter what the label says.

Thank you for your help as we work together to stay healthy and safe.

Support Local Businesses and Restaurants
Let's Make Our Mark and help each other out! 

Head to  VisitGarlandTX.com for a list of local restaurants offering takeout , delivery or drive-through service.

You can also see which local shops are offering virtual shopping and even gift card specials. 

Neighborhood Vitality Matching Grant Applications Due Monday, March 23
The Neighborhood Vitality Matching Grant program enables registered neighborhood groups, both voluntary and mandatory, to apply for matching funds for physical enhancement projects in publicly accessible spaces. 

Applications are due by Monday, March 23.  All forms and guidelines can be accessed at GarlandNeighborhoods.org .
2020 Census Is Here - We Need You!
The census is an official count of the U.S. population and households. Garland's allotment of money for federal programs and its government representation are dependent on the count of its residents.
 
There are several ways to complete the one-page form remotely: online, mail or by phone. It is provided in numerous languages, and your data is confidential. 
 
You will receive an invitation to respond online in mid-March, and a paper questionnaire will be mailed in April.

It only takes about 10 minutes to answer 10 questions.  Visit GarlandTX.gov to learn how the census impacts you and your community.
Lawn Care Assistance Available
The City of Garland Code Compliance Department is taking applications for the Lawn Care Assistance Program. This program will provide summer mowing for seniors (60 years of age and older) and disabled Garland homeowners who are physically and/or financially unable to maintain their yards to comply with City codes and have no other assistance available.
 
Applications are available online, or residents may call 972-485-6400 and request that an application be mailed. Application packets must be filled out completely and returned to Code Compliance along with required documents. All applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until all spots are filled. For more information, visit GarlandTX.gov or call 972-485-6400. 
Temporary Change in Disinfection for Drinking Water
The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) is conducting its annual chlorine maintenance process on our water system through March 30.
 
During this time, customers may notice a stronger taste or smell of chlorine. It is important to note that the quality of our drinking water remains safe for all uses, including drinking, during this chlorine maintenance period and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
For more detailed information and water quality testing results, visit 
GarlandWater.com. For information regarding the coronavirus and water/wastewater treatment, visit NTMWD.com.
Events & Announcements
City Council Meeting
March 23
City Council will hold a meeting to stay up to date on the COVID-19 situation at 6 p.m. Monday, March 23, at City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St. You can watch the meeting online.  View agendas  at GarlandTX.gov and be sure to click the "subscribe" button to receive notifications when meeting agendas are posted. 

McCree Road Closure
Ongoing
McCree Road west of the intersection of Shiloh Road is closed for construction and will reopen in approximately four to six weeks, weather permitting. View a map of the detour.

District 4 Town Hall Canceled
The District 4 Town Hall scheduled for April 2 has been canceled. If you have questions or topics you'd like to discuss, you may call Council Member Jim Bookhout at 214-823-5846 (no texting please).
Submit Service Requests with eAssist
Need to report a pothole, broken streetlight or tall grass? There's an app for that! Garland eAssist provides an online platform accessible from the City's website and from a downloadable app via Google Play and iTunes. Using eAssist is the quickest, most efficient means of reporting issues or requesting specific services - much faster than Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites.








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