As of midnight, Thursday, March 19th, all bars, lounges, taverns, private clubs, theaters, gyms, and other amusement businesses in Tarrant County must close in an attempt to halt the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Gatherings are capped at 50 people and restaurants, craft breweries, distilleries, and wineries must switch to takeout or delivery only.
Total building capacity limits remain at half of the regular capacity or no more than 125 people for event centers, hotel ballrooms and meeting rooms, retail establishments, convenience stores, plazas, churches, mall common areas and individual businesses in malls. These restrictions do not apply to grocery stores, government buildings, offices, medical facilities, daycares, homeless or emergency shelters, airports or manufacturing facilities.
The change in policy also extends Tarrant County’s declaration of local disaster for 90 days. As of Wednesday afternoon, there were more than 80 known cases of coronavirus in Texas. At least three Texans, including one in Tarrant County and one in Collin County, have died from COVID-19. Nationwide there were more than 7,000 cases and nearly 100 deaths.