The Virus that Causes Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‑19)
The purpose of this page is only to offer a general overview of the existing public health situation that is causing facility closures, event cancelations, and service level adjustments. The information on this page was current as of April 2, 2020.
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the COVID-19 outbreak can be characterized as a pandemic. At this time, the public is urged to stay at home, to minimize non-essential gatherings with people who are not in the same household, to avoid eating or drinking at bars and restaurants, and to limit in-person contact — except for in the pursuit of essential services including healthcare, groceries, banking, utilities, child care (for essential service employees), and government services. To receive official COVID-19 information, sign up for the latest CDC updates.
THE PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO MONITOR THE FOLLOWING SOURCES FOR THE MOST CURRENT PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION:
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
- Tarrant County Public Health
Closures, Cancellations, and Service Level Adjustments
- KENNEDALE CITY HALL: MONDAY, MARCH 23, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Staff will return phone calls and emails during regular business hours (Weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). If you are unsure of whom you might need to speak with, please email City Hall or leave a message at 817-985-2105. View the notice that will be posted on all doors to City Hall and Mayor Brian Johnson’s most recent Declaration of Public Health Emergency at cityofkennedale.com/closure.
- KENNEDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY CLOSED: MONDAY, MARCH 16 THROUGH THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2020
During this closure, staff will be returning phone calls and emails during the temporary business hours of Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- KENNEDALE SENIOR CENTER CLOSED: MONDAY, MARCH 16 THROUGH THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2020
Through a partnership with Sixty & Better, shelf-stable and/or frozen meals are being delivered to members who wish to receive them. If you or someone you know needs nutritional assistance, email City Hall or leave a message at 817-985-2105.
- PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: THURSDAY, APRIL 2, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
The parks themselves – including trails, basketball courts, fishing dock, pavilions, and the disc golf half-course – will remain open, but play structures and swings will be marked as not for use at this time.
KPD Response to COVID-19
- Officers authorized to wear N95 masks and protective gloves
- Dispatch offering the option to complete reports over the phone for non-violent crimes that do not require an officer on-scene
- Temperature monitoring, frequent hand washing, and social distancing
- Disinfecting vehicles daily with wipes and weekly with mist
- Protocols for reduced staffing or symptom development while on shift
Simple Recycling Service Suspended
Simple Recycling collection is suspended until further notice.
No Facility Reservations
Reservations are not being accepted or honored for any City facility. If you have questions, please leave a message at 817-985-2136 and Library staff will respond.
Stay Informed and Engaged
The City of Kennedale will continue to evaluate service levels. Monitor the City’s online presence for current information in this rapidly changing environment:
- This page (www.cityofkennedale.com/COVID) will offer a list of closures and service level adjustments (with links to full details)
- cityofkennedale.com/cal will offer notices of canceled events or programs
The public is urged to stay at home, to minimize non-essential gatherings with people who are not in the same household, to avoid eating or drinking at bars and restaurants, and to limit in-person contact — except for in the pursuit of essential services including healthcare, groceries, banking, utilities, child care (for essential service employees), and government services.
Statewide Restrictions Effective through April 30, 2020
Governor Greg Abbott’s current executive order (PDF) includes:
- Minimize social gatherings and minimize contact with people who are not in the same household
- Every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings larger than 10
- No dining in; drive-thru, carryout, and delivery are allowed
- Gyms, bars, restaurants, food courts, massage establishments, tattoo studios, piercing studios, and cosmetology salons closed
- No visiting nursing homes, state-supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities except to provide critical assistance
- Schools closed to in-person classroom attendance before May 4, 2020
- People are not prohibited from accessing essential services or engaging in essential activities such as going to the grocery store or gas station; hunting or fishing; attending religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship; or engaging in physical activity like jogging or bicycling, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and to minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household
- All critical infrastructure will remain operational and government entities and businesses will continue providing essential services
Tarrant County Restrictions Effective through April 30, 2020
Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley’s Executive Order (PDF) includes the following language: "All persons currently residing within the incorporated and unincorporated territory of Tarrant County shall stay at their place of residence, except as allowed by this Order. All persons may leave their residences only for Essential Travel, to work in Essential Businesses, Government Service, or Essential Critical Infrastructure, or to perform Minimum Basic Operations, as defined below."
Pursuant to a Declaration signed by Mayor Brian Johnson, the City of Kennedale is following guidelines and restrictions put in place by the State of Texas and by Tarrant County. However, staff cannot interpret any directives imposed at these levels of government (including the Executive Order modified by Judge Glen Whitley on April 3, 2020 (PDF)). Each business or individual must consult the State and County documents to determine how your business or personal activities might be impacted.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19 from April 1 through December 31, 2020.
- FFCRA Fact Sheet for Non-Federal Employees (Federal Employees)
- Responsibilities and Rights under FFCRA
- Employee Paid Leave Rights
- Temporary Rule: Paid Leave under the FFCRA
- Questions and Answers (Q&A) about FFCRA
Fraud and Scam Protection
- Department of Justice (DOJ) Coronavirus Fraud Prevention
- Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Avoiding Coronavirus-Related Scams
Administration Actions and Federal Agency Resources
USA.gov is cataloging all U.S. government activities related to coronavirus.
Federal agencies’ coronavirus websites with important information and guidance:
- Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS)
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Department of Education (DoED)
- Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- Small Business Administration (SBA)
- Department of Labor (DOL)
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
- Department of State (DOS) (View All Travel Advisories)
- Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
- Department of the Treasury (USDT) (Assistance for Small Businesses)
- Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
- U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC)