Announcement Regarding City Services, Programs & Events in Response to COVID-19
March 13, 2020
CITY OF HALTOM CITY
OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER
Dear Citizens and Friends,
Yesterday, we sent out directives and precautions for our Haltom City employees to follow in order to protect our community and each other during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This follow-up directive will be further reaching as it relates to specific departments, city services and large gatherings. Please know that these decisions are not made lightly but our city leadership’s main priority is the health and well-being of our community and our Great Nation as a whole. This is an evolving situation and we will stay informed and proactively adapt as needed.
The precautionary measures listed below will be effective immediately and will sustain until further notice. The goal is to do things that potentially and significantly limit the spread of COVID-19.
Affected City Services and Community Events
All city sponsored special events will be cancelled or postponed.
The Haltom Senior Center will be closed. Seniors are among the most vulnerable to the COVID-a9. We will be delivering lunch to our senior center members Monday - Friday between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Please call the center to make your lunch reservation by noon the day before at 817-834-8021.
The Recreation Center will be closed for at least two weeks to be consistent with Birdville Independent School District and Tarrant County Health Department recommendations – including the organized athletic uses in city parks and fields. It should be understood during this past week of Spring Break many have been traveling and a 14-day period limiting interaction is important upon their return.
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.
City Boards and Commissions
Our City Council, Zoning Board of Adjustments, Economic Development Corporation and Planning and Zoning meetings will continue but all participants and attendees are asked to not shake hands, create distance when possible and do not attend if sick. All other boards and commission meetings should be cancelled for these ancillary boards unless a meeting is deemed necessary. These meetings should be coordinated by the city liaison and the respective board chairman.
General Precautions for Citizens
- 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 alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Keep at least a distance of 6’ between you and others whenever possible.
- Avoid shaking hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with the inside of your elbow (not your hand!).
- Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
On behalf of our Mayor, City Council Members and staff we are so thankful for our citizenry and it is our sincere hope that these precautions have a positive impact on the health and well-being of our great community. It is better to be proactive than reactive with these types of situations. We attempt to not overreact, but even more importantly, we never want to under-react. We are working to strike the proper balance in our efforts to protect our citizenry and our staff.
I would like to thank our Mayor and City Council for their expressed concerns, support and their dedication to making health and safety the top priority.
Sincerely and Prayerfully,
Haltom City, Texas