Fort Worth enacts more COVID-19 measures but stops short of lockdown
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price signed in a new round of restrictions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 that includes shutting down malls and religious services.
The order went into effect on Saturday, March 21 at 6 pm.
New restrictions include:
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.
Entertainment and personal service businesses are now closed, including bars, lounges, taverns, commercial amusement and entertainment establishments, bingo halls, theaters, gyms, fitness classes, yoga and personal training facilities, tattoo and piercing parlors, and tanning salons.
The order also closes 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 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 should be no gatherings of more than 10 people.
Social separation requires that you observe a 6-foot distance from others.
While these measures are sweeping, they're not as severe as Dallas' newly enacted shelter-in-place order, in which all residents must stay inside their homes unless doing essential business such as getting food. It goes into effect at 11:59 pm on March 23.