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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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“View the current Resolution of Public Health Emergency.

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
    • 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.

View the facility handout.

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