Coronavirus Cavalcade – Fort Worth Weekly
Officials from Dallas closed the city’s bars and restaurants because of the COVID-19 pandemic, while Fort Worth officials tiptoed to move more cautiously to reduce occupancy limits. Which approach is best proven? So far, critics and online chatters have been tough on Mayor Betsy Price and tiptoe.
The implications of today’s decisions will become clear later. Currently, however, Fort Worth is reducing local business occupancy limits by half or no more than 125 people, whichever is less. The new policy includes restaurants, bars, event centers, gyms, shops, theaters, and more. Some companies offer price quotes and roadside pickup for phone orders.
The new rules are expected to create financial burdens for business owners, service industry employees, merchants and retail stores. A petition is circulating online asking the state of Texas to temporarily cancel or postpone gross and sales taxes on mixed beverages. Entrepreneurs hope that the delayed or reduced tax burden will provide financial relief for companies facing a tax deadline.
No matter where you go, feel free to inquire about hygiene practices.
North Texas is affected in a variety of ways by the respiratory disease that began in Wuhan, China and has spread internationally. Less than a week ago – Friday the 13th – state and county officials had declared a state of disaster. Organizations cancel or postpone meetings, courses, and events.
The following is a partial list based on press releases, online statements, and various government and media reports.
School districts in the area have announced class cancellations, including for Arlington, Burleson, Crowley, Fort Worth, Hurst-Euless-Bedford and Keller. Fort Worth schools have set up feeding places and breakfast items for children during extended closing times. The school district website lists the various hours and locations of healthy take-away meals for children who rely on school canteen food.
The Main Street Arts Festival is postponing its event from April 16-19 to September.
The Fortress Festival is postponing its annual music event, which was originally scheduled for April 25-26.
Six Flags Over Texas will be closed for the remainder of the month.
Various churches are moving services to the Internet.
The colleges extend the spring break and then run online courses, including TCU, Texas Wesleyan, UNT, and UTA.
The Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History close this month. The Kimbell Art Museum is canceling all public programs and events through April 15th.
The Bass Performance Hall, McDavid Studio, and Van Cliburn Recital Hall have all canceled events through March.
Major League Baseball delayed the regular season from March 26th to mid-April.
The XFL’s inaugural season was suspended at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Sundance Square canceled its events this month.
The Cattle Raisers Convention and Expo will be postponed until fall.
Willie Nelson will be on the road again as the concert with Chris Stapleton on Saturday at Globe Life Field in Arlington has been postponed.
Michael Buble’s concert in the Dickies Arena has been postponed from April 4th to a later date.
The April 18th concert with Kenny Chesney at the AT&T Stadium has been postponed.
The Fort Worth Regional Golden Gloves Tournament, which began this week, was canceled midway through the tournament after USA Boxing announced the suspension of all sanctioned events.
The Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival is postponing its event to October.
The organizers have canceled St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade and Palooza in Mansfield.