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Photo Essay: Meet The North Texans Out And About On Day One Of Shelter-In-Place

man doing pushups with dog
Allison V. Smith
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For KERA News
Personal trainer Matt Larson works out with his dog Leyla at Tietze Park in Dallas on the first day of the county's shelter-in-place policy. Excercise and pet-walking are allowed under the restrictions.

Midnight brought the official start of Dallas County's shelter-in-place order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Photographer Allison V. Smith spent the first day under the restrictions documenting how North Texans spent time outside.

The order, which runs through at least April 3, requires that people leave their homes only for “essential activities” or “to provide or perform essential governmental functions" or “operate essential businesses.” People can also spend time outdoors as long as they follow federal social distancing guidelines.

Smith ran into a range of Dallasites, from a skateboarder getting some air to a police officer making the rounds.

dallas police officer
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A police officer waits for a Dallas Area Rapid Transit train to pass on the first day of Dallas County's order to shelter in place. Law enforcement is one of the essential professions allowed to operate as normal under the order.
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Skateboarder Nick Lokken lifts from a curb in The Cedars. Dallas County's "Stay Safe At Home" order allows people to spend time outdoors if they practice social distancing.
take out only sign in English and Spainsh
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Executive orders in Dallas County and the state allow restaurants to offer food only via takeout and delivery. That means everything's "to go" at Maracas Cocina Mexicana on Main Street in Deep Ellum.
Isaac Brodsky sells baked goods and coffee at Leila's Baker
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Isaac Brodsky sells baked goods and coffee outside Leila's Bakery & Cafe on Oram Avenue in Dallas. Curbside service started March 24, the same day the county's shelter-in-place order took effect.
construction crew
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Construction crews, like this one on Fort Worth Avenue in West Dallas, are part of the industries considered .essential under Dallas County's shelter-in-place order.

boarded up Franklins Tattoo
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Franklins Tattoo and Supply on Columbia Avenue is closed, but it has a message for folks walking by in East Dallas.
man mowing lawn at church
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A landscaper tends to the grass at Faith Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Grand Avenue in Dallas. Lawn maintenance is considered an essential profession under Dallas County's shelter-in-place order.