The City of Fort Worth is working with its partners at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, and Tarrant County Public Health to closely monitor the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Fort Worth Adopts COVID-19 Disaster Declaration to Align with Governor’s Orders
On April 29, City Council adopted a Resolution of Public Health Emergency adopting the provisions of Executive Orders issued by Governor Abbott to align with the governor’s Open Texas Plan.
The Resolution will continue Fort Worth’s state of disaster past April 30, 2020.
Per the GA-18, every person in Texas shall, except where necessary to provide or obtain essential services or reopened services, minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.
Phase I of the governor’s Open Texas Plan began Friday, May 1; Expanded Phase I begins Friday, May 8.
- Essential businesses and services, as defined by CISA 3.0, or a subsequent version, will remain open but must enforce social distancing.
- Services that are allowed to reopen to the public under specific health and safety conditions in Phase I include (Health and safety checklists for businesses, employees and customers are available at gov.texas.gov/opentexas):
- Certain restaurants, theaters, retail services, and malls with no more than 25% occupancy
- Licensed health care professionals, such as doctors and dentists
- Services provided by an individual working alone in an office
- Museums with no more than 25% occupancy
- Bars, interactive amusement venues such as bowling alleys and video arcades, massage establishments, tattoo studios, piercing studios, are not reopened, except that beginning on May 8 they may provide other services already permitted (such as restaurant or retail) but no other services.
- Religious services, regardless of religion, should be conducted in accordance with the Revised Guidelines for Houses of Worship During the COVID-19 Crisis, as promulgated by the attorney general and governor issued April 21, 2020, as may be amended. However, based on substantial community spread of the virus, it is strongly recommended that religious services continue to be provided remotely, including outdoor drive-up services where individuals remain in their vehicles.
- Beginning May 8, the following may open:
- Cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, tanning salons, and nail salons, must ensure at least six feet of social distancing between operating work stations
- Swimming pools with no more than 25% occupancy
- Wedding venues and services required to conduct weddings and wedding receptions, provided the facilities are at 25% occupancy and follow other required guidelines
- Beginning May 18, the following may open:
- Services provided by office workers, up to the greater of 5 workers or 25% of total workforce
- Manufacturing, up to 25% of total facility occupancy
- Gyms and exercise facilities and classes, up to 25% occupancy; lockers and showers remain closed
- Any person, firm, corporation, agent or employee thereof who violates any of the provisions of this resolution commits an offense that is considered a class C misdemeanor and each day the violation continues shall be a separate offense punishable by a fine of not more than $500.
Residents should continue following all health precautions and sanitizing guidelines and recommendations:
- Continue to stay home as much as possible.
- Wash hands often and for 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Practice social distancing, putting 6 ft. distance between yourself and other people.
- Wear a cloth face covering in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, doorknobs, and other places touched often.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Additionally, temperature screenings at public-facing city facilities began Wednesday, March 18. Those entering city facilities during normal business hours will have their temperature checked using a forehead thermometer, and people with a temperature of 99.6 degrees or more will be asked to leave, and to contact their health care provider. This includes city employees.
More information about COVID-19 resources
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- Select city facilities to reopen in early June
- Camp Fort Worth's start will be delayed this summer
- New campaign promotes reopening responsibly
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- JPS, Lockheed partner to provide telehealth kiosks for vulnerable populations
- Driver license offices to reopen by appointment only with limited services
- Fort Worth ISD continues Meals to Go through June
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- CVS Health opens new COVID-19 drive-thru test sites
- What to know about Phase 2 of Texas business reopening
- JPS Health Network to restore traditional services amid COVID-19 response
- Four children treated for multisystem inflammatory syndrome at Cook Children's
- Texas Workforce Commission phasing out emergency child care programs
- Temporary emergency sheltering in the Fort Worth Convention Center to cease mid-June
- Double Up Food Bucks program at Cowtown Farmers Market enables SNAP recipients to stretch their food dollars
- Facebook donates $150,000 to United Way COVID-19 emergency relief
- SBA releases Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application
- Texas Supreme Court: evictions, debt collections may resume
- Library curbside service begins May 19
- While Gov. Greg Abbott has allowed pools to open, Fort Worth city pools won't be following suit
- New small-business Pulse Survey shows breadth of COVID-19 impact on businesses
- PetSmart adoption centers reopen
- Concerts in the Garden canceled
- Stay-at-home-orders were effective in Tarrant County, but next few weeks critical, HSC analysis finds
- Blue Zones Project continues shifting to respond to community needs
- Gov. Abbott extends COVID-19 disaster declaration for all Texas counties
- New COVID-19 testing site opens in far north Fort Worth
- USDA approves program to feed Texas kids
- Catholic Charities, Tarrant Area Food Bank launch food-finding partnership
- Hillwood matches Facebook donation to provide personal protective equipment to Fort Worth businesses
- Library staff's phone calls provide personal touch for senior citizens
- Kroger Health launches free COVID-19 testing sites in Fort Worth
- Emergency help for Fort Worth families now available
- Fort Worth groups continue to support small businesses by offering $250,000 in cash grants
- Governor expands business openings in Texas effective May 8
- More than $1 million invested in community for COVID-19 relief
- COVID-19 testing options continue to expand throughout the Fort Worth area
- Texas Workforce Commission issues guidance to unemployment claimants
- Read a message from Mayor Price
- Fort Worth Development Services assisting with reopening businesses
- Fort Worth to receive $6.8 million for COVID-19 relief
- Business organizations unite to support Fort Worth businesses with PPE supplies
- Fort Worth Housing Solutions receives CARES Act funding
- New survey available as Texas businesses start to reopen
- Fort Worth to host decontamination unit for N95 masks
- Fort Worth adopts new stand-alone disaster declaration to align with governor's orders
- CARES Act funding to help provide COVID-19 response
- North Texas Area Community Health Centers provide COVID-19 response
- Fort Worth Bike Sharing rolls out essential workers program
- Arts supporters launch 'The New Normal: An Artist's Response to COVID-19'
- How volunteers with a medical background can help during the COVID-19 crisis
- Texas SNAP recipients soon can shop online at certain retailers
- What's permitted under retail-to-go?
- Near Southside launches fund to assist workers in the district
- Updated 'Houses of Worship' Guidance for Fort Worth
- City and partners open community COVID-19 testing sites
- Task force updates child care guidance
- Walgreens opens free drive-through COVID-19 testing site in Fort Worth
- Fort Worth to participate in Thank You Thursdays
- Many recreation, camp and library programs will be canceled or modified for summer 2020
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- From the Office of the Governor: Governor Abbott issues Executive Orders
- City maintaining online list of private COVID-19 testing facilities in the Fort Worth area
- City of Fort Worth, PeopleFund launch new microloan program supporting local businesses
- Collaborative new program to serve seniors during COVID-19 crisis
- Severe child abuse cases continue to rise with 3-year-old's death on Easter Sunday
- Inspector general warns about new Social Security benefit suspension scam
- Feeling crafty? Make and donate face masks to city workers
- Treasury, IRS launch new tool to help non-filers register for Economic Impact Payments
- Texas Workforce Commission cautions claimants regarding fraudulent calls
- Texas gains federal approval of emergency SNAP benefits
- Molly the Trolley service suspended through May 31
- State launches COVID-19 mental health support line
- City looking at financial adjustments from COVID-19, potential ways to mitigate losses
- Texas WIC expands eligible foods
- YMCA feeding kids while schools are closed
- IRS issues warning about COVID-19-related scams
- March, April, May events at Panther Island Pavilion rescheduled
- Social Security recipients will automatically receive economic impact payments
- Fort Worth Bike Sharing rolls along, with enhanced hygiene, social distancing protocols
- Community resources for working parents
- Neighborhood Services Department developing new ways to serve residents
- Fort Worth not assessing utility late fees
- Residents can help Solid Waste maintain critical service levels
- COVID-19 hotline provides news and information to residents, businesses
- How volunteers can help during the COVID-19 crisis
- Seeking help? New one-stop database lists organizations ready to offer support
- Statement from Fort Worth Police regarding stay-at-home enforcement
- More time at home can mean more garbage to deal with
- Free evening meals available for kids
- Water customer service lobby closed
- Protecting yourself from COVID-19 scams
- Get out and enjoy Fort Worth parks, but keep that six-foot distance
- Area grocery stores to offer special hours for seniors, pregnant women and anyone with a compromised immune system
- Know where to get information on the current COVID-19 response by the City of Fort Worth
- Temporary overflow homeless shelter now open
- Visit Fort Worth enhances webpage of restaurants offering curbside, delivery services
- Fort Worth Municipal Court hearings, trials and jury service canceled through May 31 due to COVID-19 concerns
For questions about the Fort Worth response to COVID-19 and the Stay at Home declaration:
Call 817-392-8478 or
For city services questions: Call 817-392-1234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For health questions about COVID-19:
- Community mitigation tips
- Visit Fort Worth - Restaurant updates and curbside delivery options
- Findings in the spread of COVID-19 in Fort Worth and Tarrant County
- View what Texas businesses can reopen on May 22 and May 31.
- View the most recent emergency declaration that goes through May 1.
- Seventh amended emergency declaration April 23, 2020, extended to May 1.
- Sixth amended emergency declaration April 7, 2020, extended to April 30.
- Fifth, amended emergency declaration(March 24, 2020). (Extended to April 7, 2020)
- Fourth, amended emergency declaration (released March 21, 2020)
- Third, amended emergency declaration (released March 19, 2020)
- Second, amended emergency declaration (released March 18, 2020)
- First emergency declaration (released March 13, 2020