New Regulations in Dallas for COVID compliance
Studies have found people want face-to face, real-life human interaction so for some in Dallas, Governor Abbott’s Strike Force to Open Texas is a long time coming. Psychologically and behaviorally, we need physical connections and community to thrive. Business openings were allowed and increase capacity in phases with more essential industries allowed to open first but with certain limitations and new health protocols outlined. These regulations were put in place to keep Dallas and other cities in Texas in compliance with preventing the spread of COVID-19. “We have to get to that point where the White House standard becomes the national standard, I think, in order for consumers to feel safe going out, in order for employers to feel completely safe bringing people back to work,” Cuban said on “Squawk Box.” ”I think we can get there, I just don’t know. – Mark Cuban
Accountability for Compliance in Dallas
The Governor has asked Texans to act responsibly as we strategically restart. Best health practices are spelled out on checklists and categorized by individuals, business types and events. The protocols vary slightly for each checklist. However, all are asking for self or employer screening of the symptoms of the coronavirus, consistent hand washing, disinfecting, additional cleaning and sanitizing of high touch areas and social distancing of 6 feet for more. The wearing of non-medical grade face masks should also be considered for compliance.
What the Public Can Do
The Texas Department of State Health Services recommends Texans take some everyday actions to help prevent the spread of any respiratory virus, including COVID-19. These include washing hands often and for 20 seconds, use of hand sanitizer if no water is available, covering coughs and sneezes, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, disinfecting surfaces often, avoiding contact with sick people and practice social distancing. So, seating at restaurants will need to be spaced out to keep in compliance with social distancing of at least 6 feet therefore limiting capacity quite a bit. Handshakes, hugs and kisses will have to turn into waves or elbow bumps.