Updated Tuesday, March 24
On March 24, Tarrant County issued an Executive Order (amended on March 27) stating that all non-essential businesses must close, and individuals should, remain in their homes, effective through April 7, 2020. Following is a summary on the status of various City of Benbrook events and community facilities.
We will be updating this article as new information comes in.
City Hall, 911 Winscott Road, is closed in response to the Executive Order, effective 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 until April 7, 2020, or as modified by Tarrant County. To contact City Hall, please call 817-249-3000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Council meetings are to take place via teleconferencing. The next meeting is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2. Information on how citizens may participate will be provided on the agenda.
City board and commission meetings are currently suspended.
Animal Control Officers are available, but the animal shelter is closed to the public until further notice. Please call Animal Control at 817-249-1610. 4 PAWS will not be doing any adoption events. If you are interested in one of the dogs, please call Caroline at 817-372-9044. Get updates on their Facebook page.
City Parks are open. Pavilion reservations are not being accepted until further notice. The City encourages anyone visiting the parks to follow the social distancing guidelines recommended by health officials.
The Community Center, 228 San Angelo, is closed until further notice.
The Benbrook Senior Citizen Center, 1010 Mercedes, is closed until further notice.
Municipal Court is closed until further notice. The Court is rescheduling activities, and traffic citation due dates are extended. Please see below for more information.
Census Day, scheduled for April 1, has been canceled.
The Farmers Market, scheduled for April 5, has been canceled.
The Benbrook Community Center/YMCA, 1899 Winscott Road, a separate entity from the City, is closed. Get updates on their website or Facebook page, or by calling 817-249-0500.
The Benbrook Public Library, a separate entity from the City, is closed until further notice. They have many online services available on their website and Facebook page; for more information, call 817-249-6632.
Benbrook Water Authority, a separate entity from the City, remains open. Get updates on their website or Facebook page, or by calling 817-249-1250.
Fort Worth Independent School District, of which Benbrook is a part, is closed until further notice. Get updates on their website or Facebook page, or by calling 817-814-2000.
The Benbrook Area Chamber of Commerce has canceled all meetings and events until further notice. Get updates on their website or Facebook page, or by calling 817-249-4451.
The Benbrook Youth Baseball Softball Association has postponed the start of their season until April 11. Get updates on their website or Facebook page.
The Benbrook Fire Department has suspended all tours and non-essential activities. They also will not be accepting donations of food items at this time.
Benbrook Municipal CourtThe Court is rescheduling defendants, jurors, and witnesses set for a hearing or trial through and including April 30, 2020. The Court will send written notices when the new date, time, and location have been set. In addition, all outstanding traffic citation due dates are being extended until April 20, 2020; please keep in mind that many citations and payments can be handled on the City website.
Monitoring the SituationIn a previous announcement regarding slowing the spread of COVID-19, Benbrook Mayor Jerry Dittrich explained, “At this time, health professionals advise social distancing. … As we get additional updates on this public health concern, we will assess the possibility of cancelling other future events. As always, our paramount concern is the health and safety of our citizens.”
In the event of a local medical emergency, Benbrook’s public safety teams are prepared to respond quickly with the appropriate precautions. Meanwhile, City officials fully recognize the seriousness of the crisis. They are monitoring the situation daily, and will carefully consider the best course of action. To keep informed on City developments, we encourage you to subscribe to City News Flashes and other Alerts and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Next Door
At all times, City officials urge citizens to follow the recommendations of public health and safety officials, remain calm, and continue to work together in the spirit of our community.
Helpful ResourcesUnited Way of Tarrant County has extensive information on various local resources. They also have a 2-1-1 hotline, available 24 hours daily. Simply dial 2-1-1.
Texas Workforce Commission Disaster Unemployment AssistanceTexas Workforce Commission has waived certain requirements to apply for unemployment benefit servicesTexas Workforce Commission Information on Preventing and Managing Layoffs
For More Information about the CoronavirusTexas Health and Human Services; the department can also be reached by dialing 211.Tarrant County Public Health; the County has set up a coronavirus hotline, 817-248-6299 (staffed only during regular business hours)The Centers for Disease Control and PreventionBenbrook Police Department non-emergency: 817-249-1610Benbrook Fire Department and Emergency Services: 817-249-1727Benbrook City Hall: 817-249-3000 (staffed only during regular business hours)
In addition, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has created a website providing guidance and resources for businesses in light of the pandemic. For states or territories seeking an economic injury declaration, the SBA has issued revised criteria which are designed to expand access to loans and speed the qualification process.
Minimizing Your RiskThe CDC has prepared a list of guidelines to help reduce your risk of contracting or spreading the coronavirus and other respiratory illnesses. These include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you are sick, stay home.
The White House has prepared a set of COVID-19 guidelines titled, 15 Days to Slow the Spread. The guidelines include avoiding gatherings of 10 or more people.