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TARRANT COUNTY FIRST AMENDED DECLARATION OF LOCAL DISASTER DUE TO PUBLIC HEAL TH EMERGENCY

TARRANT COUNTY FIRST AMENDED DECLARATION OF LOCAL DISASTER DUE TO PUBLIC HEAL TH EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, the World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus, now designated COVID-19,
as a global pandemic on March 11, 2020; and
WHEREAS, COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019; and
WHEREAS, symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe illness and cause further
complications including death; and
WHEREAS, the COVID-19 virus mainly spreads between people who are in close contact with one
another through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes; and
WHEREAS, the continued worldwide spread of COVID-19 presents an imminent threat of widespread
illness, which requires emergency action for the protection of the people of Tarrant County; and
WHEREAS, a declaration of local disaster and public health emergency includes the ability to reduce
the possibility of exposure to disease, control the risk, promote health, and compel persons to undergo
additional health measures that prevent or control the spread of disease. These measures include
isolation, surveillance, quarantine, or placement of persons under public health observation, including
the provision of temporary housing or emergency shelters for persons misplaced or evacuated. A
declaration allows the request of assistance from the Governor for state resources; and
WHEREAS, this Declaration activates the Tarrant County Emergency Management Plan; and
WHEREAS, the County Judge has determined that extraordinary measures must be taken to mitigate
the effects of this public health emergency and to facilitate the efficient, rapid, and cooperative response
to the emergency; and
WHEREAS, the County Judge issued a Declaration of Local Disaster due to Public Health Emergency
on March 13, 2020 and the County Commissioners issued a Renewal of Declaration of Local Disaster
due to Public Health Emergency on March 17, 2020, and the County Judge hereby issues this First
Amended Declaration of Local Disaster due to Public Health Emergency to implement additional
measures to ensure the protection of the residents of Tarrant County.
THEREFORE, Be It Proclaimed by the County Judge that:
1. This First Amended Declaration of Local Disaster due to Public Health Emergency shall continue
for a period of not more than seven days from March 18, 2020 unless continued or renewed by
the Commissioners Court.
2. A declaration of a local state of disaster activates the Tarrant County Emergency Management
Plan.
First Amended Declaration of Local Disaster
Due to Public Health Emergency
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3. This Declaration authorizes the County to commandeer or use any private property as provided
by law.
4. This Declaration hereby limits the size of gatherings to no more than 50 people and mandates
the cancellation of all such gatherings of more than 50 people until further notice. This
Declaration does not prohibit gatherings of people in multiple, separate enclosed spaces
(including separate cubicles) in a single building such as different floors of a multi-level office,
residential building, or hotel, so long as 50 people are not present in any single space at the
same time. This Declaration also does not prohibit the use of enclosed spaces where more than
50 people may be present at different times during the day, so long as more than 50 people are
not present in the space at the same time. The uses in Sections 5, 6, and 7 are not considered
“gatherings,” but are limited or prohibited as provided in Sections 5, 6, and 7.
5. This Declaration hereby orders that a restaurant with or without drive-in or drive-through
services; drive-in restaurant; drive-through restaurant; or microbrewery, micro-distillery, or
winery may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-in, or drive-through services, if permitted by
law.
6. This Declaration hereby orders the closure of the following: bars, lounges, or taverns;
commercial amusement establishment, bingo halls; theaters; gyms; and private clubs.
7. This Declaration hereby limits the occupancy of the following locations to 50% occupancy as set
forth on the business’s certificate(s) of occupancy or 125 individuals, whichever is less:
a. Event Centers;
b. Hotel Meeting Spaces, and Ballrooms;
c. Retail Stores;
d. Convenience Stores;
e. Plazas;
f. Places of Worship; and
g. Malls (the occupancy of a mall is limited as follows: (i) common areas in a mall to 50%
occupancy as set forth in the business’s certificate(s) of occupancy or 125 individuals,
whichever is less, and (ii) individual retail stores within a mall to 50% occupancy as set forth
in the business’s certificates(s) of occupancy or 125, whichever is less).
The 50% occupancy limit does not apply to areas not listed above, including office buildings,
government buildings, critical infrastructure such as airport and transit facilities, residential
buildings, grocery stores, manufacturing locations, non-profit service providers, airports,
homeless and emergency shelters, day cares, and medical facilities.
8. This Declaration hereby authorizes the use of all lawfully available enforcement tools.
9. This Declaration shall take effect at 12:01 a.m., March 19, 2020.
ORDERED this the 18th day of March 2020, at , 4:45 p_m.\
-Glen Whitley, County Judge

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