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 September 28, 2020. 

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the COVID-19 outbreak can be characterized as a pandemic. There is substantial community spread* of COVID-19 in Tarrant County. The public is urged to stay at home if possible, to avoid gatherings with people who are not in the same household, and to limit in-person contact — except for in the pursuit of essential or re-opened services. To receive official COVID-19 information, sign up for the latest CDC updates.

* The CDC defines "substantial community spread" as large-scale community transmission; healthcare staffing significantly impacted; multiple cases within communal settings.

THE PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO MONITOR THE FOLLOWING SOURCES FOR THE MOST CURRENT PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION:

COVID-19 Hotlines

COVID-19 Testing

To check symptoms or make an appointment, visit covidtesting.tarrantcounty.com. To find a Texas testing location outside of Tarrant County, visit covidtest.tdem.texas.gov.

Cloth Maks Guidelines

Closures, Cancellations, and Service Level Adjustments

  • CITY HALL: CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC 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
  • LIBRARY: CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
    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.
    Summer Reading Club will be offered virtually, with events posted to the Library’s Facebook page.
  • SENIOR CENTER: CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
    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 TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
    The parks themselves – including trails, fishing dock, pavilions, and the disc golf course – will remain open, but play structures, swings, and sport courts will be marked as not for use at this time. Normally, the Splash Pad at Sonora Park would open for the summer in May. However, it will remain closed 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. 
  • REQUEST APPROVAL FOR A LARGE OUTDOOR GATHERING (PDF)
    Pursuant to Executive Orders issued by Governor Abbott, outdoor gatherings of more than ten (10) individuals must be approved by either the Mayor or the County Judge. This form should be used to request approval from Mayor Brian Johnson to hold a “Large Outdoor Gathering” (10+) within the City of Kennedale. If your event will, instead, be in unincorporated Tarrant County, you should request approval from Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley.

EVENTS

Visit cityofkennedale.com/cal to view the latest cancellations or postponements. At this time, there are no plans to hold Public Safety Open House, Drug Take-Back, Trunk-or-Treat/Pumpkin Palooza, or the Christmas Tree Lighting in 2020. If anything changes, this page and the calendar will be updated.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

City Council meetings and any necessary meetings of the various Boards and Commissions are being held via TeleConference and/or VideoConference until further notice. The most recent meeting (if any) will be available on each Board’s webpage. View all recent meetings on the City’s YouTube channel.

ELECTIONS

Tarrant County Elections Administrator Heider Garcia was recently interviewed by NBC DFW regarding new safety guidelines for voting in person. Due to public health concerns, the May 2, 2020 General Election for the purpose of electing the offices of Mayor and City Council Places 2 and 4 for the City of Kennedale was postponed until November 3, 2020.

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:

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County and State Mask Requirements still in Effect
In June, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley signed an Order requiring face coverings in most public situations (now effective through November 30). The Statewide mask order issued by Governor Abbott on June 2, is also still in effect for anyone 10 years of age or older.  As a reminder, the CDC does NOT recommend face coverings for children under 2 years old.

RECOMMENDATIONS AND TESTING INFO

Texans, when able, should continue to minimize social gatherings and in-person contact with those who are not in the same household Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions should stay at home as much as possible and cancel or postpone nonessential travel. Those who do leave home should implement social distancing, utilize cloth face coverings, and practice good hygiene.

If a planned activity is nonessential or for leisure, consider your health and the health of those you are in regular contact with. If you must go out, you are urged to wear a mask, maintain 6 (six) feet of social distance, not touch your face, and wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.

COVID Risk by Activity

Texans, when able, should continue to minimize social gatherings and in-person contact with those who are not in the same household. Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions should stay at home as much as possible and cancel or postpone nonessential travel. Individuals are encouraged to avoid contact with those 65 and older. Those who do leave home should implement social distancing, utilize cloth face coverings, and practice good hygiene.

Tarrant County now has COVID-19 testing sites in Fort Worth and Arlington. Appointments are available Monday through Friday. To do a self-screening and make an appointment go to covidtesting.tarrantcounty.com

Guidance for quarantine and data is posted on the CDC website. For non-urgent questions about COVID-19 call the information line at 817-248-6299 (available 24/7). For more information go to coronavirus.tarrantcounty.com.

* The CDC defines "substantial community spread" as large-scale community transmission; healthcare staffing significantly impacted; multiple cases within communal settings.

Pursuant to a Declaration signed by Mayor Brian Johnson, the City of Kennedale will recognize the more restrictive of the rules adopted by the State of Texas and by Tarrant CountyHowever, staff cannot interpret any directives imposed at these levels of government. Each business or individual must consult the State and County documents to determine how your business or personal activities might be impacted.

Food Pantry

Assistance Programs and Resources

Food Resources

FUMC’s Mission Store and Community Food Pantry (229 W 4th Street) offers produce, canned goods, and staple foods on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
View Other Local Food Resources

Rental Assistance Program For Tarrant County Residents 

If you have a COVID-related loss of income that keeps you from paying your rent and you live in greater Tarrant County (outside of Fort Worth), rental assistance may be available. Get information and applications at renthelp.tarrantcounty.com.

CDC Eviction Moratorium for Remainder of the Year

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced an eviction moratorium through December 31, 2020. Certain tenants who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic cannot be evicted nor be burdened with high fines. The moratorium applies only to nonpayment of rent, and will not protect those who damage the property or violate their lease for any reason other than nonpayment. Late fees can still be assessed.

CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides for Economic Impact Payments to American households of up to $1,200 per adult for individuals whose income was less than $99,000 ( or $198,000 for joint filers) and $500 per child under 17 years old – or up to $3,400 for a family of four.

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. 

Assistance for Small Businesses and Employers

Fraud and Scam Protection

As the number of people with Coronavirus grows, so does the number of scammers trying to take advantage of our collective fear and anxiety to steal our money. Please be wary of anyone requesting your identifying information through emails or phone calls. Be careful about online sales pitches and requests for information purporting to protect your health and well-being. If you have a question about a call or message you have received, call non-emergency dispatch at 817-478-5416 to speak with an officer. KPD is committed to helping you verify the validity of any communication and preventing you from falling victim to fraud.

OTHER RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

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)