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May 18, 2020

Governor Abbott's Open Texas Phase 2 
Today, Governor Abbott announced the second phase of his Open Texas plan. Effective May 18 massage and personal care businesses including tattoo and piercing studios, laser hair removal, hair loss treatment, etc. may reopen. Childcare centers and youth clubs such as YMCA and scouts may reopen.  On May 22, restaurants can increase dining room service to 50 percent capacity and bars may reopen with 25% capacity. Bowling alleys, skating rinks, aquariums and zoos may also reopen. On May 31, professional sports can resume without in-person spectators, youth camps can open and youth sports may resume with limitations.  On June 1, school districts can hold summer school if following social distancing guidelines. Under the current orders, interactive amusement venues such as video arcades, amusement parks and water parks remain closed for now. Please visit https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas for complete guidelines, restrictions and health protocols for each category listed. We will continue to share updates as the next phases of the Open Texas plan are announced.

May 6, 2020

Governor Announces Phased Opening for Salons & Gyms 
Governor Abbott announced this afternoon that barber shops, hair salons, nail salons and tanning salons may reopen this Friday, May 8 for one-on-one appointments. He strongly recommends that face masks be worn by both the stylist and customer. He also announced that gyms may reopen May 18 with limited 25% capacity, social distancing and other health protocols. Some of the protocols that he mentioned were all equipment must be disinfected after each use, customers are to wear gloves and locker rooms will remain closed. The state’s recommended health protocols for reopening salons and gyms can be found at https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas.

May 1, 2020 Update

City of Lake Worth Facility Re-Opening Dates
City Re-Opening Dates

April 29, 2020 Update

City of Lake Worth COVID-19 Update Phase I Re-Opening Texas
The stay at home mandate will expire on April 30th.  As Texas opens, please continue the following guidelines:

  • Stay Home, if possible
  • Practice social distancing
  • Avoid crowds, limit physical contact
  • Follow CDC health guidelines
  • Wear cloth face covering when in public

Special guidance for 65 and over

  • Stay Home, if possible
  • Business accommodate with special hours, curbside delivery, etc.

Find more details and information on establishment openings and guidelines, here.

April 27, 2020

Governor Abbott's Open Texas Phase I
We have shown that Texas can continue our efforts to contain COVID-19 while also adhering to safe standards that will allow us to begin the process of opening this great state. The Strike Force to Open Texas brings together nationally recognized medical experts with public- and private-sector business leaders to help achieve this mission. But it will take more than experts to win this battle for our families, for our community, and for this great state. We are each called upon to be Texans: to act responsibly as we re-engage in the economy, to continue following all health precautions and sanitizing guidelines, and to care for our vulnerable neighbors. Lives depend on our actions. I know you will respond as Texans. That is why we are first and foremost focusing on protecting the most vulnerable among us, on nursing home mitigation measures, on ramping up testing, and on scaling up contact tracing of the unseen enemy. We will be measured and cautious. Only with your help and with all of these measures in place can we begin to open businesses with careful adherence to health protocols. By coming together, we can prevent the spread of COVID-19 and we can get Texas back to work. View details of Governor Abbott's Open Texas Report.

April 21, 2020

Tarrant County 3rd Modified Executive Order
This Executive Order shall take effect at 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2020, and shall remain in effect until April 30, 2020, unless terminated or modified by a subsequent Order. 

April 17, 2020

Stay the Course: Stay Home, Save Lives
State and national leaders have started talking about the steps for “re-opening” communities and that is good news! However, recommendations are to do this in phases depending on the status of community spread, and we are not there yet. Stay at home orders remain in place as the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise. As of today’s update, Tarrant County is still experiencing substantial community spread. There have been 1,175 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Tarrant County, including 3 in Lake Worth. Please continue to take precautions and limit contact with others as much as possible to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Stay home, be safe and we’ll all get through this together. 

Governor Abbott Issues New Executive Orders
Governor Greg Abbott today announced the establishment of a task force that will advise him on safely and strategically reopening the state of Texas. He also announced that select activities and services that pose minimal to no threat of spreading COVID-19 will be allowed to reopen using a "Retail-To-Go" model, certain restrictions on surgeries have been loosened, and schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. Find details of these new executive orders on the governor’s website.

April 8, 2020

Cancel Holiday Gatherings
We understand that holidays are usually spent together with extended family, but this year we’re asking you to PLEASE STAY HOME during Passover and Easter. Right now, the only people you should be spending time with are the people who live with you in your house. Attend religious services online and set up a virtual family hangout so you can enjoy a meal together, but separately. Make family memories that you’ll be talking about years from now when you’re all together - because you stayed apart in 2020! 

April 7, 2020

Support Lake Worth Dining and Local Businesses
With restaurants now limited to providing only take out, delivery or drive-through services, please consider supporting our local Lake Worth businesses if you are going to order take out. Given the current situation, however, the delivery and take out may not be up-to-date. So if in doubt, please give them a call or check their website. Thank you for supporting our Lake Worth dining establishments and doing your part to practice social distancing during this time. View list of Local Business Hours and Specials.

April 3, 2020 Update

Tarrant County 2nd Modified Executive Order
This Executive Order shall take effect at 12:01 a.m. on April 4, 2020, and shall remain in effect until April 30, 2020, unless terminated or modified by a subsequent Order.  

April 1, 2020

Avoid Over Purchasing

During this time of social distancing, send only one member of your household to the grocery store to pick up essentials once a week. Get what you need, but refrain from over purchasing. Save some for your neighbors. Grocery stores will remain open and shipments will continue flowing. Stay home, be safe and we'll all get through this together.

March 31, 2020 Update

Texas Governor Abbott Issues New Executive Order

Today, Governor Greg Abbott issued a new Executive Order that supersedes his original social distancing order. The new order extends through April 30, 2020. Also, he has closed all Texas schools through May 4, 2020, and that date may be extended. A list of essential services specified in the Governor's Executive Order can be found at www.tdem.texasgov/essentialservices/.

March 30, 2020 

Stay Home Reminder
We've heard from several of you today that there were lots of folks out over the weekend. So we are urging everyone, before you leave home again, ask yourself "is this trip really essential?" Staying home now will help return our community to normal as quickly as possible. You should only leave the house to:

  • Buy food and essential supplies;
  • Go to the doctor or pharmacy;
  • Exercise outside;
  • Take care of a loved one in their home;
  • Go to an essential job.

And when you must make an essential trip or exercise outdoors, remember to limit contact with others by keeping 6 feet apart. Wash hands often and encourage others to do the same. Cover coughs and sneezes. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Disinfect surfaces that are touched often. Stay home and contact your doctor if you are sick. Stay home, be safe and we'll all get through this together.

Message from Parks Department
While we know that everyone is enjoying being outside right now, please practice responsible social distancing. Don’t use parks or trails if you’re exhibiting symptoms, avoid congregating in groups and maintain social distancing. Please follow current CDC guidelines to protect your health. Also, if you take a pet outside of your home, they MUST remain on a leash and you MUST clean up all waste after your pet. Thank you for being good stewards of our neighborhoods and parks at this time. Be safe, be well. 

March 27, 2020 Update

Tarrant County Issues Modified Executive Order
The latest, an Executive Order, signed on March 27, 2020 to help contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Tarrant County.  The order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until April 7, 2020 unless terminated or modified by a subsequent Order. Refer to the county's updated Disaster Restrictions Chart for a full list of restrictions.

March 24, 2020 Update

Tarrant County Issues Executive Order - Stay At Home

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley signed a declaration of local disaster on March 13, 2020 due to a public health emergency. The latest, an Executive Order, signed on March 24, 2020 to help contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Tarrant County.  The order is effective at 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020 and shall remain in effect until April 7, 2020 unless terminated or modified by a subsequent Order. Refer to the county's updated Disaster Restrictions Chart for a full list of restrictions.

March 21, 2020 Update

Tarrant County Restrictions Amended

Tarrant County has amended its disaster restrictions, effective at 6 p.m. on March 21, 2020. The amendment added that all in-person worship services are no longer permitted and added hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, spa and related personal care businesses to the list of non-essential retail establishments that are closed. Refer to the county’s Disaster Restrictions Chart for a full list of current restrictions.

Lake Worth Dining 

With restaurants now limited to providing only take out, delivery or drive-through services, please consider supporting our local Lake Worth businesses if you are going to order take out. Lake Worth is home for many dining establishments that offer a variety of cuisines. Given the current situation, however, the delivery and take out may not be up to date. So if in doubt, please give them a call or check their website. Thank you for supporting our Lake Worth establishments and doing your part to practice social distancing during this time. 

March 20, 2020 Update

Declaration of Local Disaster Continued and Amended

This afternoon the Lake Worth City Council held a special meeting to amend the Declaration of Local Disaster issued by the Mayor, and extended it for not more than 60 days. It mirrors restrictions enacted earlier this week by Tarrant County for restaurants and businesses and adds other provisions for city facilities and gatherings of people consistent with the Executive Order issued by the Governor on March 19, 2020. This includes:

  • City facilities will remain closed to the public: Lake Worth City Hall, Multi-Purpose Facility, Senior Center, and Library. As a reminder, city services remain available online and by phone and public safety (police and fire) services continue without interruption.
  • Limit the size of gatherings to no more than 50 people and mandates the cancellation of all such gatherings of more than 50 people.
  • Closure of bars, lounges, or taverns; amusement and entertainment venues or uses; theaters; gyms and private clubs.
  • Limits the occupancy of event centers, hotel meeting spaces and ballrooms, retail sales and services, convenience stores, plazas, places of worship and malls to 50% occupancy as set forth on the business’ certificate of occupancy or 125 individuals, whichever is less. This 50% occupancy limit does not apply to any business not listed above, including office buildings, government buildings, critical infrastructure such as transit facilities, residential buildings, grocery stores, manufacturing and industrial locations, non-profit service providers, homeless and emergency shelters, day cares, and medical facilities.
  • Sets forth strong recommendations for the purpose of mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

Please refer to the Amended Declaration for full details. The restrictions will remain in effect through May 20, 2020 unless repealed by the City Council prior to that time.

March 19, 2020 Update

Texas Governor Abbott Issues Executive Orders

Governor Greg Abbott announced a series of Executive Orders relating to COVID-19 preparedness and mitigation. The four orders serve to limit public gatherings and help reduce exposure for people across the state. These orders are in accordance with federal guidelines issued by the President and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CD), and will aid in the state's efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Order No.1In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
Order No. 2In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order.
Order No. 3In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
Order No. 4In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, schools shall temporarily close.

These orders will be effective on a statewide basis starting at 11:59 p.m. on March 20, 2020 and will end at 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020, subject to extension thereafter based on the status of COVID-19 in Texas and the recommendations of the CDC. View Governor Abbot's Executive Order.

March 18, 2020 Updates

Declaration of Disaster (effective at 12:01 a.m.)

This afternoon, Lake Worth Mayor Walter Bowen signed a Declaration of Local Disaster for public health emergency to minimize the potential impact for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our community. The declaration enables the City of Lake Worth to become eligible to seek emergency assistance if needed in response to impacts of the global outbreak of COVID-19. There is no reports of coronavirus in Lake Worth currently and we are making every effort to keep it that way. The declaration of disaster will last for the next seven days unless otherwise extended by the City Council. 

Both President Donald Trump and Governor Greg Abbott issued National and State emergency declarations on March 13, 2020 allowing federal and state assistance to areas affected by COVID-19 as it continues to impact the United States. Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley has also signed a declaration of local disaster due to a public health emergency. A public health emergency declaration assists federal, state and local government in securing supplies, equipment, and funding to respond to and recover from emergencies.

Lake Worth Restaurant & Business Operations

We know you have questions about restaurants and other business operations with our city. Lake Worth Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency states that we will follow the recommendations of Tarrant County.  View Mandatory Reduction and Closures.

Message from Lake Worth Municipal Court

Court scheduled for Wednesday, April 15th Cancelled.  Anyone who was scheduled to appear in court during this time will be notified by mail of their new court date and time. If you have any questions regarding reset date, please contact the court at 817-255-7900.

March 17, 2020 Updates
Special City Council Meeting scheduled for Friday, March 20, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. located at City Hall, Council Chambers, 3805 Adam Grubb, Lake Worth, Texas 76135

Message from Lake Worth Municipal Court
Court scheduled for Wednesday, March 18th Cancelled.  Anyone who was scheduled to appear in court during this time will be notified by mail of their new court date and time. If you have any questions regarding reset date, please contact the court at 817-255-7900.

March 13, 2020 Updates
City of Lake Worth Facility Closings
After an extensive review of all city operations and in accordance with recommendations by Tarrant County Public Health Department issued March 13, 2020, the following City of Lake Worth facilities are closed to the public effective at the close of business on Friday, March 13 and will remain closed until further notice. All city business is encouraged to be conducted online, by email, or by phone.  All Lake Worth Police Department and Lake Worth Fire Department operations remain unchanged. Please see listings below.

The following facilities are closed to the public until further notice:

  • Lake Worth Animal Services Shelter 817-238-8739
  • Mary Lou Reddick Public Library 817-255-7973
  • L.O. Bud Irby Lake Worth Senior Center 817-255-7971
  • Lake Worth Multi-Purpose Facility
  • Lake Worth Municipal Court 817-255-7910
  • Lake Worth Water Billing 817-255-7907
  • Lake Worth Permits Department 817-255-7920
  • Lake Worth Police Department public vestibule 817-237-1224
  • All Lake Worth athletic fields, athletic filed reservations, and pavilion reservations are canceled and closed until further notice. Please contact 817-237-7210 for athletic field and pavilion information.

Our number one priority remains the well-being of our citizens and employees. We're taking all necessary precautions to protect our community. Lake Worth is working closely with the Tarrant County Public Health Department and the Texas Department of State Health Services to stay up to date on this evolving situation.

If you have additional questions please contact the Tarrant County Corona-virus Hotline at 817-248-6299.

Message from your Lake Worth Police and Fire Departments
In an effort to protect our employees and the citizens we serve, our teams have implemented enhanced screening procedures when you call for assistance. Our dispatch team has additional screening questions and would like to know if you have experienced fever, a cough, or any recent travel. The responding paramedics or officers may be seen wearing extra personal protective equipment as a precautionary measure to keep you, as well as our team, safe. We’re all in this together, and we remain committed to our duty to serve this community by providing 9-1-1 dispatch services, as well as emergency police, fire, and EMS services without interruption. During the closures and recommendations of reduced public exposure, please consider using some of the online resources we have available. A phone has been placed in the lobby, simply pickup the phone and dial 300.  Public fingerprinting has been temporarily discontinued. For more information and questions, please call non-emergency dispatch 817-237-1224.

March 5, 2020 Update
Stop the Spread of Germs
Hand washing

  • Tarrant County Coronavirus Hotline: 817-248-6299
  • Texas Department of State Health Services - COVID-19

The Texas Department of State Health Services is tracking cases of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. DSHS will update the state case count each day by noon Central Time.

Public health departments are working to identify any close contacts of the patients while they were sick so they can be isolated and monitored for symptoms and quickly tested, if needed.

DSHS, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, and other state agencies continue their ongoing preparations so that all of state government is working together to limit the spread of the virus and protect Texans.

There are simple steps everyone can take to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Minimizing exposure is especially important for people who are 65 or older or who have an underlying health condition like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer. People in those groups have a higher risk of developing severe disease if they do get COVID-19, and the safest thing for them during an outbreak will be to stay home as much as possible and minimize close contact with other people. To get ready, they should talk to their doctor about getting additional prescription medications and have enough household items and groceries on hand to stay home as needed.

DSHS has additional information on the COVID-19 for the public, health care professionals, health departments and labs at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus.

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