COVID-19 Update: March 24
Tarrant County this morning issued a “Stay At Home” order, asking residents to leave their homes only for essential activities like shopping for food, going to work and engaging in outdoor activities with safe distancing from others.
The new order closes non-essential businesses to the public, though staff members are allowed to maintain basic operations. Also prohibited are public and private gatherings occurring outside a single household; in-person religious worship services, though staff can be on site to produce, record or stream services to viewers at home; elective medical, surgical and dental procedures; and visits to nursing homes, retirement and long-term care facilities with the exception of providing critical assistance or end-of-life visitation.
Essential businesses allowed to remain open (with social distancing for employees and visitors) include the following and more. You can see the full list online now at www.cityofkeller.com/coronavirus
- Medical services, from hospitals and clinics to blood banks and medical research
- Veterinary care
- Grocers and food service providers (though restaurants are still closed to dine-in)
- Childcare services and home- or residential-based care for seniors, adults or children
- Hardware stores and construction activity, both public and private
- Gas stations, auto supply and repair, and bicycle repair
- Airport and other transportation operations
- Utility services like water, sewer, gas, electric, internet and telecommunications
- Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry services
- Trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal
- Plumbers, electricians and exterminators
- Funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries
- Financial institutions
- Legal or accounting services
- Social services and charitable organizations
The order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. tonight and lasts until April 7.
Here are a few additional updates for today:
GROCERY STORES: Two Keller grocers have heard residents’ requests for shopping hours aimed at seniors and other medically at-risk individuals, and responded. The Tom Thumb here in Keller Town Center (1000 Keller Parkway) has decided to provide this service from 7-9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Walmart Neighborhood Market (2130 Rufe Snow Dr.) will offer the same from 6-7 a.m. on Tuesdays. Economic Development staff has reached out to other grocers in town as well, encouraging them to offer the same.
The city has also temporarily lifted restrictions on grocery stores’ delivery hours to help them keep their shelves stocked.
GARBAGE & RECYCLING: There have not yet been any changes to Keller's garbage and recycling collection schedule. To help keep the potential spread of contamination to a minimum, however, Community Waste Disposal is asking that customers take the time to ensure all trash is bagged and tied. CWD is also asking customers to sanitize their trash and recycling cart handle(s) before and after service to avoid community spread. If there is a chance you or someone in your household is infected, please wait at least four days before setting out trash and recyclables for collection.
SIGNAGE: You may notice some extra signage around Keller businesses in the weeks ahead after the city temporarily relaxed permitting rules last week. Businesses can now advertise whether they are open, and whether they’re offering curbside pickup, to-go, delivery or drive-thru services. These signs must remain on a business’ own property, and we’ve asked them to be careful in avoiding any placement that would impact visibility for drivers. If you notice a sign blocking your view, please give city staff a call.
PARKS: If you’ve walked around any of our parks or trails since yesterday, you may have noticed some new signage reminding folks to continue leaving appropriate space between them and others while enjoying the outdoors. For the most part we’re seeing good compliance on that, so please keep it up.