Updated March 27, 4:22 p.m.
All new information is bolded.
Council provided direction to staff to temporarily pause the enforcement of signage regulations in order to help businesses during this declared disaster.
During the declared disaster, businesses may temporary add the following type of signs to their businesses:
- Signs in the parkway as long as visibility is not compromised
- Flashing or blinking “open” signs
- Banners on buildings or on stakes in the ground
- Window signs to attract business or provide instructions for customers
Enforcement is still in effect for the following:
- Permanent signs (still require permit and must comply with current regulations)
- Inflatables (only allowed with valid “Grand Opening” permit)
- No signs in the medians of public right-of-ways
Upon the lifting of the disaster declaration, all signage installed as a result of this determination must be removed, bringing all businesses back into compliance with the Town’s Code of Ordinances.
Retail Food Establishment Recommendations to Minimize the Spread of COVID-19
In accordance with the recent Disaster Declarations, restaurants may continue to operate but shall only serve food through carryout, takeout or drive-thru options. Food has not been identified as a likely source of COVID-19 infection at this time; however, food businesses can play an important role in both protecting their employees and their customers from infection by following the practices below.
- Stay home when you are sick with fever, coughing, and sneezing.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for 20 seconds upon first arriving to work, after using the restroom, before and after eating and frequently throughout the day. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Single use gloves or other protective barriers (tongs, deli-paper, other utensils) should be used to prevent bare hand contact with food.
- Provide alcohol based (60 percent) hand sanitizers for use for both employees and customers by placing them at convenient/accessible locations.
- Use an approved sanitizing solution to frequently sanitize commonly touched surfaces and objects such as menus, electronics, door knobs, faucet handles, counter tops, cash machine key pads, tables and waiting areas frequently throughout the day. Be sure to read and follow the product labels when sanitizing surfaces.
- Temporarily limit self-serve operations. Examples of such operations include; condiment areas, drink dispensers, self-serve bar areas. Replace utensils frequently (approximately hourly) during peak use hours for self-serve style operations and use single service condiment packets.
- Ensure dishwasher and/or three-compartment sinks are used properly and have the appropriate level of sanitizer for final rinse (follow product labels for approved sanitizers).
- Minimize contact with customers. Utilize electronic options for orders and payment when possible. Have customers stay in their vehicle when possible for curbside pickup.
- Patio seating/dining is not permitted; outdoor tables and chairs should be removed to discourage people from congregating.
If you are a food business owner or a food worker and have questions related to your operation, please contact the Town’s Environmental Health Division at 972.874.6340.
State Response and Resources
- The Texas Comptroller announced they offer assistance to those businesses that are struggling to pay the full amount of sales taxes they collected in February. For businesses that find themselves in this situation, the Comptroller is offering assistance in the form of short-term payment agreements and, in most instances, waivers of penalties and interest. Please contact their Enforcement Hotline at 800.252.8880 to learn about your options for remaining in compliance and avoiding interest and late fees on taxes due. You may also visit their COVID-19 emergency response webpage for access to their online tools, tutorials, other tax service resources, and to establish 24/7 online account access with Webfile.
- Governor Abbott announced the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has now granted Texas’ Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance declaration, making loans available statewide to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the coronavirus/COVID-19.
Next steps: Small businesses owners who believe they may be eligible for an SBA EIDL should visit the SBA’s website where they can directly apply for assistance. The online application is the fastest method to receive a decision about loan eligibility.
For additional information on Texas business-related COVID-19 resources, including a list of required documentation for the SBA Loan process, please visit gov.texas.gov/business/page/coronavirus.
- Specific requirements for Texas Licensed Child Care facilities
National Response and Resources
To help ease the burden for small businesses, the U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus. To learn more about these loans, visit SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the coronavirus.