March 18, 2020
DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY
CITY OF HALTOM CITY
OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER
The City of Haltom City is working with its partners at Tarrant County Public Health to closely monitor the COVID-19 outbreak. As of 5:00 p.m. on March 17, 2020, Tarrant County Public Health has identified six positive cases of COVID-19 in Tarrant County, with one confirmed death. On March 17, 2020 Tarrant County extended its disaster declaration for a period of 90 days unless rescinded by an order of the Commissioners Court.
HALTOM CITY DECLARES PUBLIC EMERGENCY DUE TO COVID-19
On March 18, 2020 the City of Haltom City declared a State of Emergency due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The declaration is effective at 12:01 a.m. March 19, 2020 and will be in place until further notice.
A copy of the signed Emergency Declaration is linked above and embedded below.
The City of Haltom City is enacting mandatory, precautionary measures to limit the spread of COVID-19:
- Gatherings of 50 people or more are cancelled.
- Bars, lounges, taverns, arcades, private clubs are closed.
- Restaurants can only serve food through drive-in/drive thru services, take-out and delivery. Sit-down dining is prohibited.
- Auditoriums, theaters, stadiums (indoor & outdoor), arenas, civic centers, gyms, meeting halls, conference centers, large cafeterias, or any other confined indoor/outdoor space are closed.
- High risk population is encouraged to not attend any non-essential gatherings during this order.
- Nursing homes, retirement and long term-care facilities will prohibit non-essential visitors unless to provide crucial assistance or end of life visitation.
- ALL employees must stay home if they are sick.
- The occupancy of the following locations are limited to 50% occupancy as set forth on the business' certificate(s) of occupancy or 50 individuals, whichever is less:
a. Event Centers;
b. Hotel Meeting Spaces, and Ballrooms;
c. Retail Stores;
d. Convenience Stores;
e. Plazas; and
f. Places of Worship.
- This 50% occupancy limit does not apply to areas not listed above, including office buildings, government buildings, critical infrastructure such as airport and transit facilities, residential buildings, grocery stores, manufacturing locations, non-profit service providers, homeless and emergency shelters, day cares and medical facilities.
Businesses of all types should implement social distancing with customers to the greatest extent possible. Retail locations, convenience and grocery stores, churches, and other publicly accessed areas should ensure that their patrons maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves.
The precautionary measures listed below will be effective immediately and will remain in place until further notice.
- City Hall interior will be closed. Employees will be utilizing email, electronic meetings, and telephone to conduct business.
- Police and Fire Emergency Responses will continue as always. However, Police and Fire Department’s interiors will be closed to facility tours and visitors. Police and Fire lobbies will remain open to emergency walk-ins and customers needing to report an emergency. Employees will be utilizing email, electronic meetings, telephone, or other means to conduct business.
- Water bills can be paid by utilizing the drop box on the East side of City Hall instead of the inside window. Accepted payment options for the drop-box include check & money order. Cash payments may also be placed in the drop-box ONLY DURING BUSINESS HOURS, which are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (excluding holidays). No change will be provided, and any payment in the amount over what is due will be credited to the account. The drop-box will be emptied at the end of each business day. Payments may also be made through the automated phone system and through the online payment portal.
- All city sponsored special events will be cancelled or postponed.
- The Haltom Senior Center will be closed. We will be delivering lunch to our Senior Center members...please call the center to make your lunch reservation by noon the day before at 817-834-8021.
- The Recreation Center is closed.
- All organized athletic uses in city parks and fields are cancelled.
- The Haltom City Public Library interior will be closed. Citizens needing to check-out and/or check-in library materials are encouraged to use the library drive thru.
- All city facilities will be closed to walk-in traffic. Employees will be utilizing email, phone & internet to conduct city business.
- Ancillary Boards and Commission meetings are suspended.
- City Council Meetings, Zoning Board of Adjustments, Economic Development Corporation, and Planning and Zoning meetings will be scheduled on an as-needed basis, with social distancing and precautionary measures in place. Fluid changes may take place as it relates to these meetings.
ABOUT THE COVID-19 VIRUS
COVID-19 causes a respiratory illness with fever and cough, may lead to severe pneumonia and is similar to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
Coronaviruses are part of a large family of viruses, which can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. Symptoms are similar to the flu and include runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever and a general feeling of being unwell. This is more common in people with weakened immune systems.
At this time, it is believed that the virus is easily transmitted through person-to-person contact, especially in group settings and it is essential we work to slow transmission to the greatest extent possible.
Although there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the best way to prevent infection is to take these precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Tarrant County Public Health COVID-19 Hotline is 817-248-6299 (business hours only).
211 (for individuals needing assistance related to COVID-19, enter COVID-19 as search term, or dial 211; this line is serviced 24/7)
Texas Department of State Health Services
Centers for Disease Control(CDC)