Editor's note: A lot happened this week. The coronavirus pandemic has continued to dominate daily life in Fort Worth — and the headlines, too. Here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular stories.
1. These Fort Worth restaurants forced to close temporarily due to coronavirus. It’s not “goodbye,” it’s “see you later.” That’s the hope for these Fort Worth restaurants that have chosen to cease all operations amid the COVID-19 outbreak, which has forced bars and restaurants to close their dining rooms. Here’s an ongoing list of who’s gone dark — just temporarily.
2. Fort Worth and Tarrant County enact 'work-safe' coronavirus policy. In their fight against the spread of COVID-19, Fort Worth, Arlington, Mansfield, and other cities in Tarrant County expanded their disaster declarations on March 24 — but did not enact the same "shelter-in-place" orders that were made by Dallas and other major cities.
3. Beloved West Fort Worth grocery store says goodbye after 77 years. Independent grocer Roy Pope Grocery, a West Fort Worth institution for almost eight decades, has decided to call it quits. The owners made the announcement March 19 in a letter posted in the store, which invited customers to “renew cherished memories of this establishment.”
4. Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants wade through COVID-19 confusion re: mixed drinks to go. When Texas Gov. Greg Abbott forced restaurants to go to pickup and delivery operations only, he threw what seemed to be a lifeline with a waiver that allowed them to also deliver alcoholic beverages. But confusion about what constitutes a "mixed drink" has ensued.
5. Fort Worth preschool teachers share 5 fun backyard activities to cure cabin fever. Being cooped up at home can take a toll on anyone. Add small children to the scenario and “sheltering in place” could create a whole new level of cabin fever. Experts from Fort Worth-area preschools and childcare centers share creative ways to have fun in your own backyard while staying at home.