COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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  Under the CARES Act, Tarrant County received a $209 million direct distribution of Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) from the U.S. Treasury. The Tarrant County Commissioners Court has prioritized four pillars to address COVID-19 related needs within the county including rental assistance.

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

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

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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.