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COVID-19 Update: March 21

Post Date:03/21/2020

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley this afternoon released a second amendment to the county’s disaster declaration, bringing its guidance in line with the executive order released by the governor’s office on Thursday and further restricting a number of businesses deemed “non-essential.”

In addition to previous orders related to restaurants, bars, gyms, massage parlors, movie theaters and other entertainment establishments, the new declaration orders the closure of the following: spas, hair and nail salons, barbershops, estheticians and related personal care businesses; tattoo and piercing parlors; tanning salons; residential meeting spaces; event centers; hotel meeting spaces and ballrooms; outdoor plazas and markets; malls; and retail stores that do not sell essential household goods.

The declaration allows the following businesses to remain open as long as other recommendations regarding cleanliness and social distancing are followed: grocery stores, retailers selling essential household goods, convenience and package stores, pharmacies and drugstores, daycare facilities, medical facilities, nonprofit service providers, homeless and emergency shelters, office buildings, essential government buildings, airport and transit facilities, transportation systems, residential buildings and hotels, and manufacturing and distribution facilities.

In-person worship services are also prohibited, though staff is allowed to be on site to produce and record service for members to watch from home.

Further clarification was also provided regarding gatherings of 10 people. While any event that would bring together more than 10 people must be canceled, the declaration does not prohibit gathering of people in multiple, separate enclosed spaces (including separate cubicles) in an office, residential building or hotel so long as not more than 10 people are present in a single space at the same time.

The new rules are effective as of 6 p.m. today.

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