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March 2, 2021
Governor Lifting Statewide Mandates
Effective next Wednesday, March 10 at 12:01 a.m., Governor Greg Abott is increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to 100% and ending the statewide mask mandate. Businesses may still limit capacity or implement additional safety protocols at their discretion. Although the statewide mandates are being lifted, Gov. Abbott urges Texans to continue taking precautions to keep themselves and others safe. If COVID-19-related hospitalizations go above 15% for seven (7) consecurtive days, county judges will have the ability to re-impose COVID-19 mitigation strategies. Read the governor's March 2 press release and Executive Order GA 34.
Following the governor's announcement today, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley told local media that to avoid confusion and misunderstnadings he is lifting the county's mask mandate as well.
February 23, 2021
Tarrant County Mask Mandate Extended
Tarrant County’s declaration of local disaster due to a public health emergency and mask mandate has been extended to May 25, 2021 to help contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Business Occupancies Increase to 75%
The state has loosened capacity restrictions for North Texas businesses following a decline in hospitalization rates for COVID-19 patients. Restaurants, retailers, office buildings, gyms, museums, libraries, and manufacturing facilities may return to 75% indoor capacity. Elective surgeries at licensed hospitals may resume. Tarrant County was notified on Feb. 16 that our region is no longer consider a “high hospitalization” area as defined by Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order 32 because hospitalizations drop below the 15% threshold for seven consecutive days. While the number of COVID-19 cases is currently on a downward trend, we encourage all Lake Worth residents to continue taking precautions to keep yourself and your families healthy and safe. Avoid gathering with anyone you do not live with. When going out, wear a mask, wash hands often, and keep distance from others. To see the latest on COVID-19 figures in Tarrant County, visit coronavirus.tarrantcounty.com.
December 30, 2020
Tarrant County Public Health Administering COVID-19 Vaccines
Tarrant County Public Health began last week administering the COVID-19 vaccine to medical workers (Phase 1A) and they are now moving to Phase 1B, which includes residents 65 and older and others considered high risk. Medical workers, anyone 65 years of age and older, and people 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 can pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine from Tarrant County Public Health at http://www.tarrantcounty.com/covidshot.
December 18, 2020
Testing Site Holiday Closure
The free COVID-19 testing sites will be closed for the holidays on Dec. 24 & 25 and Jan. 1. The sites are normally open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless there is inclement weather. Appointments can be scheduled online at https://curative.com/sites/8358.
Texas Department of State Health Services has created a COVID-19 vaccination dashboard so the public can be informed on how many vaccines have been administered across Texas. You can view it at https://tabexternal.dshs.texas.gov/t/THD/views/COVID-19VaccineinTexasDashboard/Summary?:origin=card_share_link&:embed=y&:isGuestRedirectFromVizportal=y.
December 5, 2020
Governor’s Order Requires Many Businesses to Reduce Occupancy to 50%
Today, Tarrant County received notification from the state that restaurants, retailers and other businesses that have been operating at 75 percent occupancy must reduce occupancy to 50 percent effective immediately due to high COVID-19 hospitalization rates in North Texas. Bars that do not qualify as a restaurant under TABC rules must close on-premise services. These occupancy changes are outlined in Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-32. Additionally, under gubernatorial Order GA-31, elective surgeries will be suspended. Although business occupancy levels are being rolled back, Governor Abbott stated last month that he has no plans for another shutdown.
Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-32 allowed businesses to operate at 75 percent occupancy and bars to reopen in areas without high COVID-19 hospitalization rates. The order defines high hospitalizations as seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients exceeds 15 percent of total hospital capacity within a Trauma Service Area. Tarrant County and Lake Worth are located in Trauma Service Area E (TSA-E), and for the past seven days, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in TSA-E exceeded 15 percent, making it an area with high hospitalizations. Under GA-32, the reduced business capacity restrictions will last until the TSA has seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients is less than 15 percent.
In order to return to a region with low hospitalizations, the City of Lake Worth reminds residents to stay home if you are able to and avoid gathering with anyone you do not live with. When going out, wear a mask, wash hands often, and keep distance from others. Businesses should continue to adhere to all health, sanitation, and social distancing protocols outlined in the governor’s Open Texas Plan.
November 30, 2020
COVID-19 Hospitalizations Increase
As of Friday, Nov. 27 the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 increased to more than 15% of total hospital capacity in the 19-county North Central Texas Trauma Service Area (TSA-E), which includes Tarrant County. When a Trauma Service Area has 7 consecutive days where the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients exceeds 15% of total hospital capacity, it is designated as an area with high hospitalizations. Under Governor Abbott’s Open Texas Plan, the high hospitalizations designation automatically triggers a reduction in business occupancy levels from the current 75% down to 50% and bars are required to close. It's anticipated that North Texas will be designated an area with high hospitalizations and business occupancies will be rolled back to 50% at the end of this week. You can learn more about high hospitalization areas at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/ga3031/.
November 24, 2020
Tarrant County Mask Order Extended
Tarrant County has extended its declaration of local disaster and face mask order for businesses to Feb. 28, 2021. The Tarrant County mask order has been in place since June 26 and a statewide mask order has been in place since July 2. It is not known how long the governor will choose to keep the statewide order in effect. Tarrant County's order means residents here will remain masked through the end of February, even if the state order is lifted before that time. View the Nov. 24 mask order.
November 23, 2020
Public Health Thank You Day
Today is national Public Health Thank You Day. We are grateful for all of the public health professionals in Lake Worth and Tarrant County helping protect and improve the health of our community. Help us help them:
- Wear a mask.
- Keep your distance.
- Wash your hands.
- Avoid gathering in groups.
- Stay home when you are sick.
November 22, 2020
Cases Continue to Surge
There were 10,000 new coronavirus cases in Tarrant County last week and 765 are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. It took 90 days to reach 10,000 cases in Tarrant County in June. It took 7 days to go from 80,000 to 90,000 cases last week. Visit Tarrant County's website for the latest statistics. Do your part to slow the spread:
- Wear a mask.
- Keep your distance.
- Wash your hands.
- Gather only with the people you live with.
November 17, 2020
Tarrant County Public Health Warning
Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja issued a public health warning about the surge in coronavirus cases on Tuesday, Nov 17. In a briefing to Tarrant County Commissioner's Court he said the county has more cases than ever before and the hospitalization rate is the highest it has ever been with 92% of ICU beds occupied. As of Tuesday, overall COVID-19 hospitalizations in the 19-county North Texas Trauma Service Area were at 14.39% of capacity. Under the governor's Open Texas Plan, if the number tops 15% for seven consecutive days, businesses would have to go back to 50% capacity and bars would have to close. You can watch the Nov. 17 briefing online. To jump ahead to the coronavirus discussion, fast forward about 55 minutes.
Public health officials are asking for everyone's help to flatten the curve again. We have hope for immunizations in the near future, we have medications coming that will help lower the hospitalizations and lessen the severity of the virus, but until those therapies are available we need to continue to follow public health guidelines for mask wearing, distancing, avoiding groups and sanitizing.
When it comes to holiday celebrations, the lowest risk for contracting the virus is celebrating in your own home with members of your household and virtually with extended family and friends. If you are going to host a holiday gathering, the CDC recommends organizing an outdoor event with preventive measures, such as mask wearing, social distancing and hand sanitizing. Large, indoor gatherings, especially with people from outside your immediate household, pose the highest risk. More information and tips on how to celebrate the holidays safely, can be found on the CDC's website.
November 13, 2020
Coronavirus Cases Surging in Tarrant County
COVID-19 numbers are on the rise in a big way in Tarrant County. Help us get back on track. Whenever you leave home:
- Wear a mask.
- Keep your distance.
- Wash your hands.
See the latest COVID-19 statistics for Tarrant County.
November 12, 2020
Take Steps to Lower Risk During Holiday Season
Making Thanksgiving and holiday plans? Don’t forget that COVID-19 can spread easily during indoor gatherings. The safest way to celebrate is virtually or with people who live in your household. If you do gather with others, everyone should wear masks and stay 6 feet apart to help keep folks safe. View more public health guidelines for celebrating Thanksgiving safely.
October 12, 2020
Tarrant County Allows Bars to Open
Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley announced today the reopening of bars at 50% capacity beginning Wednesday, October 14, 2020.
October 7, 2020
Governor Abbott's Continued Response to the COVID-19 Disaster
Gov. Abbott issued an Executive Order to open bars and similar establishments at up to 50% capacity in conjunction with county officials. In hospital regions with low COVID-19 hospitalizations. County Judges will be able to opt their county into opening bars beginning October 14th, provided they assist in enforcing health protocols. The Governor's Executive Order also increases the occupancy levels of all business establishments other than bars to 75%.
September 17, 2020
Governor Abbott Expands Capacity For Certain Services
Gov. Abbott announced today that capacity in many Texas businesses will be allowed to expand next week thanks to improvements in COVID-19 trends statewide since their peaks in July.
- Retail stores, restaurants, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms, museums and libraries may expand to 75% capacity beginning Monday, Sept. 21.
- Several other business types will remain at 50% capacity for now, including wedding reception venues, movie theaters, amusement parks, bowling alleys, fine arts performance halls, video game facilities, zoos, aquariums and more.
- Bars will remain closed.
- Nursing homes, assisted living and other long-term care facilities that do not have an active COVID-19 outbreak may reopen to visitation on Thursday, Sept. 24.
- Hospitals in regions with COVID-19-related hospitalizations under 15% will be allowed to resume ordinary, elective surgical procedures.
The governor also urged Texans to not let up their vigilance against the virus. “Texans must continue to heed the guidance of medical experts by wearing a mask, social distancing, and practicing proper sanitation strategies. By maintaining health and safety standards that are proven to mitigate COVID-19, we can continue to slow the spread while opening up the Texas economy." View the governor’s Sept. 17 press release. For a complete list of current restrictions and protocols, visit the Open Texas website.
September 10, 2020
Financial Assistance for Tarrant County Residents
Having trouble paying your rent or mortgage? Financial assistance is available to Tarrant County homeowners and renters for a limited time. Call 817-924-5091, visit https://housingchannel.org or email email@example.com for more information.
August 25, 2020
Tarrant County Mask Order Extended
Tarrant County has extended its declaration of local disaster and face mask order for businesses to November 30th. The Tarrant County mask order has been in place since June 26th and a statewide mask oder has been in place since July 2nd.
View the signed Executive Order
August 1, 2020
Mayor Bowen's General Approval for an Outdoor Event Notice
On July 2, 2020, Governor Greg Abbot issued Executive Order GA-29 and a Proclamation amending GA-28 that mandated masks whenever a person could not socially distance, and prohibited most outdoor gatherings in excess of ten people, unless the Mayor of a city approves the gathering. Under GA-28 as amended, the Mayor may subject outdoor gatherings to additional conditions or restrictions.
In an effort to provide event organizers with a level of certainty, an outdoor event in excess often people is approved by the Mayor and may take place in the City limits without further approval required if the following additional safety measures are adhered to:
- Event organizers are required to encourage event participants to social distance, or wear a face covering if social distancing is not feasible. The City will rely upon the event organizer and the event attendees to self-regulate and use common sense in the application of this requirement.
- Events with more than thirty (30) attendees must have hand washing or hand sanitizing stations available. There should be one station for every thirty attendees. The City of Lake Worth will rely upon the event organizer to self-regulate and use common sense in the application of this requirement.
- Event organizers wishing to host an outdoor event with three hundred (300) people or more, must first submit a written plan to maintain social distancing for approval by the City of Lake Worth. It will be reviewed by the Mayor and a decision will be made upon the request within three (3) business days. In the event the social distancing plan is disapproved, the event may not be held. Social distancing plans for events with three hundred (300) or more people should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following outdoor gatherings are not prohibited by the Governor and therefore do NOT need approval by the Mayor to have an outdoor event: (1) essential services, (2) religious services, (3) local government operations, (4) child-care services, (5) youth camps, (6) youth and adult recreational sports programs, (7) professional and collegiate sporting events, (8) swimming pools, (9) water parks, (10) museums, (11) libraries, (12) zoos, (13) aquariums, (14) natural caverns, (15) rodeos, (16) equestrian events, (17) amusement parks. Other restrictions issued by the Governor may apply to these outdoor events.
Nothing herein shall prevent or restrict the Mayor from revoking approval of any outdoor event, nor prevent or restrict the Mayor from adding to or removing the additional conditions stated above, with or without prior notice to an event organizer or the public.
View the Mayor's signed Notice
July 6, 2020
Funding for Nonprofit Organizations
The Tarrant County Commissioners Court has allocated $20 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) to assist non-governmental, 501c3 organizations in the provision of services to individuals directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program will consider reimbursement of expenses, incurred or anticipated, that are necessary to provide services to aid individuals affected by COVID-19. Applications will be accepted from Wednesday, July 8 at 10 a.m. through Tuesday, July 21 at 11:59 p.m. Visit ngo.tarrantcounty.com for details and online application.
July 2, 2020
Governor Abbott Establishes Statewide Face Covering Requirement, Limit on Size of Gatherings
Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others.
June 26, 2020
Governor Abbott Rolls Back Portion of Open Texas Plan
In a new executive order released this morning, Gov. Abbott has rolled back a portion of the Open Texas plan, citing “recent substantial increases” in COVID-19 cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations. The order includes:
- All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 noon today, June 26. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
- Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.
- Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
- Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.
June 25, 2020
Tarrant County Requires Face Masks in Public Places
All employees and visitors to Tarrant County businesses will be required to wear face masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This requirement begins at 6 p.m. Friday, June 26 and will run through 6 a.m. August 3. County Judge Glen Whitley said the executive order requiring masks in public places is necessary because Tarrant County has seen a 52% increase in new COVID-19 cases, a 67% increase in hospitalizations and a 14% increase in deaths over the past 2 weeks.
“We believe that masks are our best alternative at this time,” he said, emphasizing that he does not want to return to the restrictions instituted in March.
June 23, 2020
Governor Abbott's Amended Executive Order - Coronavirus Cases Increasing in Texas
This week, Governor Abbott issued an amendment to Executive Order GA-26. He provided an update on the increasing spread of COVID-19 and urged all Texans to continue to take precautions.
"COVID-19 is now spreading at an unacceptable rate in the state of Texas, and it must be corralled," said Governor Abbott. "We have several strategies to reduce the spread without shutting Texas back down, but it is up to all of us to do our part to protect ourselves and others. We need all Texans to follow the safety protocols developed by our team of medical experts, including staying home if you are sick or at risk, sanitizing your hands, social distancing, and wearing face coverings or masks. COVID-19 hasn’t gone away, but neither has our ability to slow the spread of it. Texans have shown that we don’t have to choose between jobs and health—we can have both. We can protect lives while also restoring livelihoods. Together, we will keep Texans safe and we will keep our state open for business."
The Governor discussed several steps the state is taking—including increasing enforcement of health and safety regulations, rapidly increasing testing in hot spots, and working with hospitals throughout the state to ensure they have the ability to treat Texans who test positive for COVID-19. Texans should visit open.texas.gov to learn more about the Minimum Standard Health Protocols and how they can help slow the spread of COVID-19.
June 18, 2020
Message from the Fort Worth Environmental Collection Center
The Environmental Collection Center is now reopen. Operations will resume as normal.
- Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
June 12, 2020
Message from the Fort Worth Environmental Collection Center
The City of Fort Worth, Environmental Collection Center (ECC) has had a positive COVID-19 test. With this in mind, the Fort Worth Environmental Collection Center has made the difficult decision to close the site effective immediately to be sterilized. The City of Lake Worth will not be issuing vouchers until instructed. Tentative reopening of ECC is Thursday, June 18, 2020.
June 11, 2020
Small Business Assistance Program Grants
The City of Lake Worth has been working behind the scenes with the small business community financially impacted by COVID-19. We are excited to announce that the Lake Worth City Council approved a Small Business Assistance Program that will provide a total of $65,000 in immediate, short-term financial assistance grants to qualified Lake Worth businesses. The Small Business Assistance Program will provide a grant up to $5,000 to a business with 2-50 full-time equivalent employees or lease/mortgage assistance, or for payroll assistance. Applications will be accepted in person at City Hall, or by e-mail to email@example.com during the 14-day open period or until funds are exhausted. To determine eligibility and for more information, visit https://www.lakeworthtx.org/home/news/small-business-assistance-program.
June 3, 2020
Governor Abbott's Open Texas Phase 3
Gov. Abbott has announced Phase 3 of his Open Texas plan, which increases occupancy for already opened businesses and allows other entertainment venues to reopen. In his announcement, the governor encourages all individuals to continue taking appropriate safety precautions, including practicing social distancing, wearing masks and continuing with their personal hygiene protocols. Persons 65 and older should stay home as much as possible; and Texans should to continue to avoid visiting assisted living centers, nursing homes and long-term care facilities. All businesses should continue to follow the minimum standard health protocols outlined in the plan. Highlights of Open Texas Phase 3 are listed below.
- All businesses currently operating at 25% capacity can expand their occupancy to 50%, with certain exceptions.
- Bars and similar establishments may increase their occupancy to 50% as long as patrons are seated.
- Restaurants may expand their maximum table size from 6 to 10 persons.
- Fine arts performance halls and video game facilities may reopen at 50% capacity.
- Restaurants may expand their occupancy levels to 75%.
- Amusement parks may reopen, at 50% capacity.
For details and a full list of Open Texas Phase 3 guidelines and protocols, please visit http://open.texas.gov.
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
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.1||In 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. 2||In 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. 3||In 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. 4||In 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
- 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.
News releases on COVID-19