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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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.