Visit Irving, Texas is closely monitoring the international outbreak COVID-19, and we are diligently working with Texas Department of State Health Services and Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS), as well as the U.S. Travel Association, Destinations International and the International Association of Venue Managers to stay abreast of the news, protocol and to share the latest updates.
You can register for the vaccine in Dallas County here, a full list of mass vaccination hubs located around Texas (with registration links) can be found here, and a map of vaccine providers can be found here. Currently, vaccines are being distributed to groups 1A or 1B. Criteria for those groups are listed below.
Effective statewide on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered (GA 32) that every business establishment in Texas shall operate at no more than 75% of the total listed occupancy of the establishment with certain exceptions. In areas where the percentage of COVID-19 hospitalized patients is 15% or less of total hospitalized patients for at least seven consecutive days. "Area's with high hospitalizations" may only operate at 50% occupancy.
Dallas County, which includes Irving, is currently designated an "area with high hospitalizations." Every business establishment in Dallas County including restaurants, retail stores, gyms, and other establishments may operate at up to 50% occupancy as permitted by the County Judge. Bars that don't have a food and beverage permit issued by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC), must remain closed and elective surgeries are put on hold.
Summary of Executive Order GA 32 of Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Assume Personal Responsibility: Public health guidance cannot anticipate every unique situation. Residents should take responsibility, stay informed, take actions based on common sense, and follow the guidance offered by health care experts.
Do an Honest Self-Assessment: All individuals are encouraged to perform an honest self-assessment before engaging in activities outside of the home. This assessment should include asking two questions and if the answer to either of these questions is yes, then exercise extra caution and discretion before leaving the home:
Perform Protective Hygiene, Distance Yourself Physically and Clean the Environment: Dallas County (including Irving) residents and visitors should practice good hygiene and cleaning practices to minimize the risk of transmission of the virus.These include:
Assess the Risk: Individuals should assess their risk and make decisions based on their specific circumstances. Those at high risk for COVID-19 (elderly, diabetic, etc.) and those around them should use extra precautions as outlined by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS).
Effective statewide, Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered (GA 29) that every person in Texas shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space where six feet of social distancing cannot be feasibly maintained. This order will be enforced by a verbal or written warning for first time violators and by a fine not to exceed $250 for a second violation and each violation after that.
Exceptions to the Face-Covering Requirement
Effective August 4, 2020, and continuing concurrently with the Governor Abbott’s disaster proclamation unless rescinded, suspended, or amended, all commercial entities in Dallas County providing goods or services directly to the public must develop and implement a health and safety policy. All people over 10 years old shall wear face coverings when in a public place where six feet of separation is not feasible.
Summary of Supplemental Order of Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins
Health and Safety Policy - Commercial Entities
Face Coverings - General Public
Effective August 4, 2020 and continuing concurrently with the Governor Abbott’s disaster proclamation unless rescinded, suspended, or amended, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins ordered the following continuing requirements after the expiration of stay home, stay safe.
Summary of Continuing Requirements Order of Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins
Executive Order (GA 32) Continued Response to Reopening of Texas - Governor Greg Abbott
Executive Order (GA 31) Regarding Hospital Capacity - Governor Greg Abbott
Executive Order (GA 29): Requiring the Use of Face Coverings - Governor Greg Abbott
Supplemental Order: Dallas County Face Masks Requirement - Judge Clay Jenkins
Supplemental Order: Requirements After Expiration of Stay Home, Stay Safe: Dallas County - Judge Clay Jenkins
Order: Continuance of Declaration of Local Disaster: Dallas County - Judge Clay Jenkins
State of Disaster Proclamation - COVID-19: Texas - Governor Greg Abbott
Local Disaster For Public Health Emergency: Irving - Mayor Rick Stopher
In accordance with Governor Abbott’s Executive Orders, the minimum recommended health protocols for Texans can be found in the Open Texas Checklists
A comprehensive list of testing locations can be found here. All of the locations above are also offering free flu shots.
North Texas Support Line
The North Texas Behavioral Health Authority launched a dedicated COVID-19 mental health support line to provide trauma informed support and psychological first aid to those experiencing stress and anxiety. It is normal to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during times of public crisis. This dedicated line will provide relief to their traditional crisis line while providing the necessary support within our community as we work through this specific crisis. The NTBHA COVID-19 Mental Health Support line is available 24/7 and can be reached at 833-251-7544.
Statewide Support Line
Texas Health and Human Services also provides COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. Operated by the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, the support line offers trauma-informed support and psychological first aid to those experiencing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19. Counseling services are confidential and free of charge to people who call the hotline. The toll-free support line is available 24/7 and can be reached 833-986-1919.
While our staff will not be in the office physically, they can all be reached via phone and email. A full listing of staff contact information can be found on the following pages:
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Irving Convention Center Staff
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