Update: July 6
Tarrant County provides assistance for renters experiencing loss of income
If you have a COVID-related loss of income that keeps you from paying your rent, and you live in greater Tarrant County outside of the Fort Worth city limits, there is rental assistance available at http://renthelp.tarrantcounty.
Assistance available for non-governmental organizations
The Tarrant County Commissioners Court allocated $20 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) to assist non-governmental, 501(c)3 organizations in the providing services to individuals directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program will consider reimbursement of expenses, incurred or anticipated, that are necessary to provide services to aid individuals affected by COVID-19. Documentation will be required to substantiate a direct relationship between the proposed expenses and COVID-19. The application period begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, and goes through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, July 21.
The NGO Assistance Program website is now live and provides details on eligibility and target areas.
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.
City of Mansfield Health and Safety Policy
Update: June 27
Governor Abbott issues executive order reducing restaurant occupancy, closing bars
Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-28 today that rolled back a portion of the Open Texas plan, citing “recent substantial increases” in COVID-19 cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations.
“Targeted and temporary adjustments to the reopening plan are needed to achieve the least restrictive means for reducing the growing spread of COVID-19 and the resulting imminent threat to public health, and to avoid a need for more extreme measures,” according to the order. Today’s ruling
- reduced dine-in restaurant capacities back to 50 percent beginning Monday, June 29
- closes bars again starting at noon Friday, June 26, except for drive-through, pickup or delivery options
- prohibits outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people unless approved by local authorities
Update: June 26
Tarrant County Judges issues executive order regarding masks
Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley today issued an 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.
Government Orders & Declarations
- Resolution Continuing Ninth Amended Declaration 7-6-20
- Executed Ninth Amended Declaration 7-2-20
- Resolution Continuing Eighth Amended Declaration 6-8-20
- Executed Eighth Amended Declaration 6-4-20
- Resolution Continuing Seventh Amended Declaration 5-26-20
- Executed Seventh Amended Declaration 5-20-20
- Resolution Continuing Sixth Amended Declaration 5-12-20
- Executed Sixth Amended Declaration 5-8-20
- Executed Fifth Amended Declaration 5-1-20
- Modified Fourth Amended Declaration 4-13-20
- Mayor David Cook Statement Regarding Mansfield Golf Courses
- Executed Fourth Amended Declaration 4-7-20
- Executed Third Amended Declaration 3-31-20
- Executed Second Amended Declaration 3-24-20
- Mayor Cook - First Amended Public Health Emergency Declaration 3-20-20
- Official Emergency Declaration 3-18-20
Proclamation Amending GA-28 (7-2-20): Related to limitations on mass gatherings.
Executive Order GA-28 (6-26-20): Related to limitations of certain businesses and services.
Executive Order GA-24 (5-21-20): Related to termination of air travel restrictions.
Executive Order GA-23 (5-7-20): Related to the expanded reopening of Texas.
Governor Abbott Open Texas Report: Related to the guidelines for employers and customers during re-opening of Texas economy.
Executive Order GA-18 (4-27-20): Related to the expanded reopening of services.
Executive Order GA-17 (04/17/20): Relating to the establishment of the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas.
Executive Order GA-16 (04/17/20): Relating to the safe, strategic reopening of select services as the first step to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.
Executive Order GA-15 (04/17/20): Relating to hospital capacity during the COVID-19 disaster.
Governor’s Disaster Declaration Extension 4-12-20: Governor Greg Abbott extends the state’s disaster declaration to May 13.
Texas Attorney General Guidance for Houses of Worship (04/01/2020): Clarifying direction given for in-person religious and worship services under Executive Order GA-14.
Executive Order GA-14 (03/31/2020): Renews and expands the previous directive enforcing federal social distancing guidelines for COVID-19, including closing schools and instructing Texans to avoid eating or drinking at bars and restaurants, to minimize social gatherings, and to minimize contact with people who are not in the same household.
Executive Order GA-13 (03/29/2020): Relating to detention in county and municipal jails during the COVID-19 disaster
Executive Order GA-12 (03/29/2020): Mandating a 14-day quarantine for road travelers arriving in Texas from any location in Louisiana. Does not apply to travel related to commercial activity, military service, emergency response, health response, or critical infrastructure functions.
Executive Order GA-11 (03/26/2020): Mandating a self-quarantine of 14 days for individuals traveling to Texas as their final destination through an airport from the Tri-Stae Area of New York/New Jersey/ Connecticut, or from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Executive Order GA-10 (03/24/2020): Requiring hospitals to submit daily reports on hospital bed capacity to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and for all public and private entities using FDA-approved COVID-19 tests to submit daily reports of all results to the local health department and DSHS.
Texas Attorney General Opinion on Firearms Sales (03/24/2020): Stating that local emergency orders cannot restrict the sale or transfer of firearms.
Executive Order GA-09 (03/22/2020): Expanding hospital bed capacity by directing licensed health care professionals to postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately, medically necessary.
Texas Supreme Court Emergency Order #4 (03/20/2020): Suspending residential eviction proceedings
Governor’s Executive Order GA-08 (3/19/2020): Restrictions on public gatherings, restaurants, nursing homes, schools
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.