Let us join together in prayer as the local body of Christ-followers as we serve our city. Let us bathe our ministries and communities in prayer.
- Face masks will be required in all Tarrant County businesses and at outdoor gatherings with more than 100 people beginning at 6 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Aug. 3. This applies to employees and visitors at businesses that offer goods or services to the public.
- Individuals are required to wear masks when in areas open to the public where social distancing is not feasible and where it is estimated that 100 people or more are present.
- All people 10 years or older are strongly urged to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in an area open to the public where it is difficult to keep six feet away from other people or working in areas that involve proximity with coworkers.
- The requirement of a face covering does not apply if covering the nose and mouth poses a significant mental or physical health risk to the individual.
- Face coverings include masks, scarves, bandannas or a handkerchief. And residents are asked to maintain social distancing of at least six feet from others when not in their own homes.
- At restaurants people should wear a mask when walking in and keep it on until they are seated. Then they can take the mask off. But if they get up to walk around, or go to the restroom, they should put the mask back on, officials said.
- Face coverings include masks, scarves, bandannas or a handkerchief.
- Churches and polling places for voting are exempt.
The City of Fort Worth is working with its partners at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, and Tarrant County Public Health to closely monitor the COVID-19 outbreak.
City of Ft. Worth COVID19 Updates
MAY 1, 2020: Re-opening Fort Worth
The City of Fort Worth stands ready as a resource for you as we work to meet the challenges of the days ahead. In that spirit, the City’s Code Department has worked closely with Fort Worth’s Committee on Re-Opening the Economy (CORE Team), comprised of local business and community leaders to establish a set of helpful guidelines and recommendations as you work toward re-opening your business or establishment. To be clear, these are guidelines – not requirements – that are outlined to help you think through what it means to live, work, and play responsibly during this time.
If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 817-392-8478 or COVID19@fortworthtexas.gov.
APRIL 29, 2020: Fort Worth Adopts COVID-19 Disaster Declaration to Align with Governor’s Orders
On April 29, City Council adopted a Resolution of Public Health Emergency adopting the provisions of Executive Orders issued by Governor Abbott to align with the governor’s Open Texas Plan, including GA-18 and GA-19
The resolution will continue Fort Worth’s state of disaster past April 30, 2020.
Per the GA-18, every person in Texas shall, except where necessary to provide or obtain essential services or reopened services, minimize social gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.
Additionally, temperature screenings at public-facing city facilities began Wednesday, March 18. Those entering city facilities during normal business hours will have their temperature checked using a forehead thermometer, and people with a temperature of 99.6 degrees or more will be asked to leave, and to contact their health care provider. This includes city employees.
White House: Guidelines for Opening Up America Again
April 23, 2020: President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives.
Proposed Phased Approach:
- BASED ON UP-TO-DATE DATA AND READINESS
- MITIGATES RISK OF RESURGENCE
- PROTECTS THE MOST VULNERABLE
- IMPLEMENTABLE ON STATEWIDE OR COUNTY-BY-COUNTY BASIS AT GOVERNORS’ DISCRETION
Important Information for Faith-based Organizations
FAQ Regarding Participation of Faith-Based Organizations in PPP and EIDL
April 3, 2020 SBA PPP Affiliation Interim Final Rule
- Are faith-based organizations, including houses of worship, eligible to receive SBA loans under the PPP and EIDL programs?
- Are there any limitations on how faith-based organizations can use the PPP and EIDL loan money they receive?
- How will churches qualify if have not been informed of tax-exempt status by the IRS? Do organizations have to request and receive tax exempt status or just meet the requirements of 501(c)(3) status to be eligible?
- Will my organization be sacrificing its autonomy or its First Amendment or statutory rights if it requests and receives a loan?
- What legal requirements will be imposed on my organization as a result of our receipt of this Federal financial assistance? Will those requirements cease to apply when the loan is either repaid in full or forgiven?
- Is my faith-based organization disqualified from any SBA loan programs because it is affiliated with other faith-based organizations, such as a local diocese?
- Does my faith-based organization need to apply for this exemption or include any documentation of its religious beliefs or practices to fall within this affiliation exemption?
- How do I know where my organization fits in SBA’s size standards table? Should I use the table to determine whether my organization is a small business that is eligible to participate in the PPP program?
COVID-19 Parenting Resources – We are all living in uncharted territory during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Below you will find resources to help navigate parenthood in this unprecedented time.
My encouragement to ALL of us is to begin praying, creating and adjusting our benevolence plans, building up benevolence funds (storehouses) and collaborating with our nonprofit partners now.
If you are worried about COVID-19, or are having symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever), please call us. We will talk with you about your symptoms to determine if you need to schedule an appointment for an evaluation and possible testing, if you should go to the hospital or if you should stay at home.
Volunteer Opportunities in Fort Worth
A listing of ServeBridge Nonprofits and Church Partners volunteer opportunites. This list will continue to grow as needs are reported.
Important Contact Information
For questions about the Fort Worth response to COVID-19 and the Stay at Home declaration:
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For health questions about COVID-19:
Although there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the best way to prevent infection is to take these precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. More info…