At a press conference on Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that the State’s previously issued stay-at-home order would be allowed to expire on April 30, and that some businesses, including retail stores, restaurants, malls, and movie theaters, can partially reopen Friday, May 1.
The businesses are required to restrict their capacity to 25 percent occupancy, and are encouraged to adhere to social distancing and safe practices.
Also at the conference, Gov. Abbott introduced a publication, Texans Helping Texans: The Governor’s Report to Open Texas. The publication outlines the recommendations of his task force to reopen businesses in Texas. While malls can reopen, food courts and play areas must remain closed. Also remaining closed are public swimming pools, bars, gyms, salons, massage parlors, tattoo studios, and entertainment venues.
Houses of worship should still operate remotely as much as possible, and churches providing services in-person should practice social distancing.
The Governor said this first phase of reopening will help determine how to proceed with more openings in the coming weeks. A second phase of openings is expected to begin on May 18, assuming the spread of COVID-19 within the state remains appropriately contained. As of April 27, Tarrant County Public Health had reported 2,019 confirmed cases; 289 people have recovered, and there have been 53 deaths.
Benbrook City Hall is currently closed, but will reopen to the public on May 1. Essential services are still being provided during the closure; to contact City Hall, please call 817-249-3000 or send an email. City parks remain open, although individuals must follow Tarrant County’s guidelines on social distancing and group size.
The Benbrook Public Library, a separate entity from the City, will reopen May 1 with curbside pickup, and the book drop is open now. The Benbrook Water Authority (BWA), also a separate entity, is currently closed and has not yet announced its plans.
Texans are still encouraged to work remotely if possible, follow social distancing measures, minimize social gatherings, and abide by federal guidance. Texans over 65 are strongly encouraged to stay home as much as possible. The Governor also stated that businesses are not required to reopen, and Texans who want to stay at home still can.
Governor’s Executive Order No. 18, relating to expanded reopening-services - April 27, 2020
Governor’s Executive Order No. 19, relating to capacity of hospitals - April 27, 2020
Governor’s Executive Order No. 20, relating to expanding travel - April 27, 2020
The City of Benbrook has compiled extensive information about COVID-19 on our website, including resources for small businesses and individuals, ways to reduce your risk of becoming infected, and ways you can help. View the information here.