COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Update: Oct. 12

Tarrant County Judge approves opening bars at 50 percent capacity

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley announced Monday he will open Tarrant Bars bars at 50 percent capacity starting Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Whitley said the decision was made in consultation with local hospital CEOs, as well as local mayors and bar owners. He said he believes they can reopen safely. Gov. Greg Abbott gave county judges the authority to reopen bars and nightclubs.

Judge Whitley said the state guidelines for masks and social distancing remain in place and urged patrons to follow those guidelines. "If flagrant violations of occupancy requirements are ignored or COVID cases make up more than 15 percent of our hospital capacity, I won't hesitate to close bars," he said.

Residents who witness establishments breaking the guidelines may submit a tip to the TABC by emailing or by calling 1-888-THE-TABC (1-888-843-8222).

Update: Sept. 17

Governor Abbott issues executive order expanding capacity of certain services

Gov. Greg Abbott announced in a press conference today (Sept. 17) that capacity in many Texas businesses will be allowed to expand next week thanks to steady and significant improvements in COVID-19 trends statewide since their peaks in July.

The executive order issued details include:

• Retail, restaurants, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms, museums and libraries may expand to 75% capacity beginning Monday, Sept. 21

• Bars will remain closed

• Nursing homes, assisted living and other long-term care facilities that do not have an active COVID-19 outbreak may reopen to visitation on Thursday, Sept. 24

• Hospitals in regions with COVID-19-related hospitalizations under 15% will be allowed to resume ordinary, elective surgical procedures

Several other business types will remain at 50 percent capacity for now, including wedding reception venues, movie theaters, amusement parks and waterparks, bowling alleys, fine arts performance halls, video game facilities, zoos, aquariums, natural caverns and more.

Gov. Abbott did not specifically address changes to his statewide mask order in today’s press conference other than to say that wearing masks, social distancing and other CDC-recommended sanitation protocols were responsible for the state’s downtrends in hospitalization and positivity rates.

For a complete list of current restrictions and protocols, visit the Open Texas website.

Update: Aug. 25

Tarrant County Judges extends executive order regarding masks to Nov. 30

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley today issued an executive order extending to Nov. 30 the original June 26 executive order requiring employees and visitors to businesses to wear masks or face coverings. The order also requires any entity providing goods or services directly to the public to implement a Health and Safety Policy and post it for the public to view.

City of Mansfield Health and Safety Policy

Updated Health and Safety sign 8-26-20

Update: July 2

Governor establishes statewide order requiring face coverings, limits gatherings

Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than 10 and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others.

Mayor David Cook issued a Ninth Amended Declaration of Public Health Emergency for Mansfield, adopting the provisions in the executive orders and proclamations issued by Governor Abbott.

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Governor Abbott releases a video on the importance of social distancing

211 Texas activated

The State of Texas has activated the statewide 211 network to provide COVID-19 information 24/7 to residents. 211 specialists from across the state are available to answer the most frequently asked, non-medical questions on the coronavirus based on material provided by the CDC and the DSHS.  Any questions the 211 specialists cannot answer will be referred to the information lines of the state health department and local public health officials, in Mansfield’s case the Tarrant County Health Department.