UPDATE on CORONAVIRUS - https://www.fortworth.com/coronavirus/
On March 21, Fort Worth Amends Disaster Declaration for the COVID-19
Mayor Betsy Price signed an amended order to the emergency declaration in place within the City of Fort Worth due to a local public health emergency and in a continued effort to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The following goes into effect today, Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. –
- All in-person worship services are no longer permitted, with the exception of worship support staff to facilitate online services.
- All malls and non-essential retail establishments including barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, spas, massage parlors, estheticians and related personal care businesses are closed and no occupancy is permitted.
- Also closed: bars, lounges, taverns, commercial amusement and entertainment establishments, bingo halls, theaters, gyms, fitness classes, yoga and personal training facilities, similar facilities and classes, private clubs, tattoo and piercing parlors and tanning salons, residential meeting spaces, event centers, hotel meeting spaces and ballrooms, outdoor plazas and markets
Essential services such as grocery stores, pharmacies and other establishments that sell household goods will remain open but must enforce social separation. This includes:
- Convenience and package stores, pharmacies and drug stores, day care facilities, medical facilities, veterinary facilities, non-profit service providers of essential services, homeless and emergency shelters, office buildings, jails, essential government buildings, airports and transit facilities, transportation systems, residential buildings and hotels, manufacturing and distribution facilities.
In-house dining at restaurants remains closed, but drive-in, drive-through, takeout and delivery are still permitted.
There is no distinction between the types of gatherings in the amended declaration. There should be no gatherings of more than 10 people.
For more information visit: http://fortworthtexas.gov/COVID-19.
STOCKYARDS UPDATES, CANCELATIONS & POSTPONMENTS
Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive - The City of Fort Worth has declared a disaster declaration in response to growing public health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
A mandatory cancellation of events, meetings and gatherings is now in effect. Visitor Centers at the Fort Worth Stockyards will be temporarily closed. In addition to this closure, the Fort Worth Herd stop the twice-daily cattle drive until further notice. For a list of current closures and cancellations, please visit www.FortWorth.com/updates.
Cowtown Coliseum Stockyards Championship Rodeo and Wild West Show - Due to the ongoing concerns of Covid-19, we have made the decision to cancel all events at the Cowtown Coliseum until further notice. Please check our website at http://www.stockyardsrodeo.com for more information.
Billy Bob's Texas - Billy Bob’s Texas will respectfully and dutifully comply with this order. Beginning immediately the entire club will be closed until further notice.
Ticket buyers for any canceled shows will be refunded at point of purchase. Ticket refund related questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust accordingly. Check our website, follow us on social media, and subscribe to our newsletter for the most up-to-date information and details on concerts and events at Billy Bob’s Texas.
We anticipate heavy call volume over the next several days and appreciate our guests’ patience as we work hard to respond to all inquiries. Thank you for your patience and trust in Billy Bob’s Texas. We appreciate the continued support.
Fort Worth’s tourism industry continues to maintain the highest standards for sanitation and has taken additional steps to equip its hotels, attractions and public spaces to prevent the spread of infectious diseases amongst residents and visitors. We are committed to providing a safe environment for guests, team members, athletes, fans and attendees in Fort Worth. Fort Worth is open for business, and the health and safety of our visitors is priority. Please remember: There are no restrictions on travel anywhere within the United States. Visit Fort Worth is in constant communication with the Center for Disease Control, Tarrant County Public Health, the City of Fort Worth and U.S. Travel Association.
The Fort Worth Convention Center and Will Rogers Memorial Center are prepared and equipped with additional hand sanitizer stations throughout the facilities as well as posters emphasizing the importance of hand-washing.
Dickies Arena is proactively preparing the venue, implementing cleanliness and sanitization efforts, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They have established processes to provide the safest environment for guests, team members, athletes and artists, and all those who visit Dickies Arena.
Visit Fort Worth is guided by information and instruction from the following experts and agencies:
- Centers for Disease Control
- Tarrant County Health
- DFW International Airport
- City of Fort Worth
- U.S. Travel Association
You may hear different names for this outbreak. Commonly called coronavirus, the disease has been formally named COVID-19. The virus that causes the disease was just named SARS-CoV-2.
Visit Fort Worth urges travelers to follow public health authorities’ recommendations for good hygiene and is currently working with local, state and federal authorities on coronavirus preparedness measures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides comprehensive information on its website. The CDC is also updating coronavirus travel-related information here.
The public health department for Tarrant County, which includes Fort Worth, posted this global tracking map of cases and a general information fact sheet.
Health experts recommend common best practices for healthy travel, especially:
- Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water, especially after contact with common surfaces such as handrails.
- Avoid close contact with people who have fever and cough
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue. Throw away tissue immediately and wash hands.
The links below are updating information daily as this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Tarrant County Public Health
Coronavirus Hotline: 817-248-6299
Tarrant County Public Health
Texas Department of State Health Services
In the U.S. and Worldwide
Centers for Disease Prevention & Control (CDC)