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.
Opening of Texas Order (GA 34)
Effective statewide on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered (GA 34) that there are no operating limits for any business or other establishment and no person is required to wear a face covering.
Individuals are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing. Mask wearing continues to be mandated in airports, on flights, on federal property, and on public transit including buses, trains, and taxis. Businesses and establishments may enforce mask-wearing and other safety measures to remain on their premises.
In areas where the percentage of COVID-19 hospitalized patients is 15% or more of total hospitalized patients for at least seven consecutive days is designated an "area with high hospitalizations" and is subject to COVID-19 mitigation strategies. Dallas County, which includes Irving, is not currently designated an "area with high hospitalizations."
Summary of Executive Order GA 34 of Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Where are COVID-19 vaccines being distributed and who is eligible?
All adults in Texas are eligible to receive a vaccine. You can register for the vaccine in Dallas County here, a full list of mass vaccination hubs and community vaccine providers 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,1B, and 1C, and effective March 29th, all adults in Texas will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Criteria for those groups, according to Texas Health and Human Services are listed below.
What is Dallas County's COVID-19 risk level?
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).
What are the official COVID-19 orders and declarations?
Executive Order (GA 34) Reopening of Texas - Governor Greg Abbott
Executive Order (GA 35) Vaccines and the Protection of Texan's Private Health Information - Governor Greg Abbott
Executive Order (GA 36) Prohibition of Government Entities to Mandate Face Coverings - Governor Greg Abbott
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
Where are the COVID-19 testing sites in Dallas County?
A comprehensive list of testing locations can be found here. All of the locations above are also offering free flu shots.
What are the COVID-19 mental health support lines?
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.
What additional resources are there for COVID-19 information?