In-person worship services are off and non-essential retail businesses must close in Tarrant County starting Saturday night due to the local health emergency involving coronavirus, county officials announced.
The new restrictions are amendment to those announced Wednesday, which shut down in-person dining and limited gatherings to no more than 50 people.
Saturday’s announcement closed in-person worship services, but allows staff to host online services. It also closes non-essential retail like barber shops, salons and spas, but allows grocery stores and pharmacies to remain open.
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The amended restrictions going into effect at 6 p.m. Saturday.
“We cannot stress enough that Tarrant County residents practice social distancing where you stay at least 6 feet away from other individuals,” Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley said. “You need to have sufficient space to have people be at least 6 feet apart. To whatever degree possible, we would encourage you to have sing-in logs to keep track of everyone you have come in contact with.”
The amended restrictions limit gatherings of people to no more than 10, regardless of the situation.
*Map locations are approximate, central locations for the city and are not meant to indicate where actual infected people live.
**County totals below include all 32 North Texas counties, not just Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant.
How to Avoid COVID-19 Infection:
The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- 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.
*Information shared from the Office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott