- What restrictions are currently in place?
- Is my business essential or non-essential?
- What City services are changed?
- How do I stay informed?
Governor’s Order Eases Restrictions on Businesses and Citizens
On Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott announced a new round of Coronavirus restriction rollbacks for nearly the entire state, which will go into effect starting Monday, Sept. 21. Executive Order GA-30 allows Texas businesses that are currently open at 50 percent capacity to open to 75 percent capacity. This includes most businesses like manufacturers, restaurants, retail stores, gyms and office-based employers.
On Thursday, June 25, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott announced Thursday that the State of Texas will pause any further phases to open Texas as the state responds to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Businesses that are permitted to open under the previous phases can continue to operate at the designated occupancy levels and under the minimum standard health protocols provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
On May 26, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order (GA-23) to announce the second phase of the ongoing plan to open additional businesses and activities in Texas. This announcement expands upon the businesses and activities included in the first phase of the plan to Open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. All newly opened businesses and services are subject to the recommended minimum standard health protocols outlined by the Texas Department of State Health Services. His Open Texas Plan provided an updated list of what types of businesses and activities can resume and when:
- Gyms, exercise facilities (previously announced May 5)
- Hair salons, barbershops (previously announced May 5)
- Non-essential manufacturers and other offices (previously announced May 5)
- NEW - Massage and personal care businesses (includes tattoo and piercing studios, laser hair removal, and hair loss treatment)
- NEW – Childcare centers
- NEW – Youth clubs (YMCA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, etc.)
- Restaurants at 50 percent capacity
- Bars, tasting rooms, and similar establishments at 25 percent capacity
- Bowling alleys, bingo halls, skating rinks, and simulcast racing at 25 percent capacity
- Rodeo and equestrian events at 25 percent capacity
- Aquariums, natural caverns, and similar facilities at 25 percent capacity
- Professional basketball, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, football, and car racing events without in-person spectators
- Day/overnight youth camps
- Youth sports
- School districts can hold summer school if following social distancing guidelines
For complete guidelines and information about upcoming reopening protocols, please visit www.gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas.
People over the age of 65 are strongly encouraged to stay at home as much as possible; to maintain an appropriate distance from any member of the household who has been out of the residence in the previous 14 days; and, if leaving the home, to implement social distancing and to practice good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation per CDC recommendations.
Hood County One of 100 Counties Allowed to move to 50 Percent Capacity Opening
The Texas Department of State Health Services and Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt announced May 12 that Hood County was one of 100 Texas Counties allowed to move to Phase 2 of Governor Greg Abbott’s phased reopening of Texas from the COVID-19 Pandemic. This meant businesses throughout the county can reopen to 50 percent of the allowed capacity and is a change from previous announcements that had Granbury and Hood County businesses at only 25 percent of capacity, or Phase 1. There are 154 counties whose COVID-19 case numbers are so high they are still in Phase 1 of the governor’s plan.
- Click here for the list of changes on what is open now and what will open on May 8 and May 18.
- In-store retail services, for retail establishments that operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy of the retail establishment
- Dine-in restaurant services, for restaurants that operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy of the restaurant
- Movie theaters, museums and libraries can operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy
At the April 1, 2020, Granbury City Council Emergency Meeting, the City Council voted unanimously in favor of City Council Emergency Resolution No. 20-05, amending City Council Emergency Resolution No. 20-04 to reconcile the City Emergency Declaration with the gubernatorial executive orders.
In addition to Executive Order GA-14, the Office of the Attorney General and the Office of the Governor issued Guidance for Houses of Worship During the COVID-19 Crisis to answer questions about guidelines for faith-based gatherings.
At the March 25, 2020, Granbury City Council Emergency Meeting, the City Council voted unanimously in favor of City Council Emergency Resolution No. 20-04, which includes, among other restrictions the following (Please see the full declaration for all restrictions.)
- Individuals are to stay at home. However, individuals may leave their residences for essential travel, essential activities, or to provide or perform essential governmental functions, or to operate essential businesses. This includes traveling to work at an essential business, traveling for the health of yourself or another person, leaving to get food and supplies, or getting outside to exercise.
- To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from any other person. This does not require a household or living unit to social distance when at home.
- In-house dining at restaurants is prohibited. Restaurants with or without drive-in or drive-through services; drive-in restaurants; drive-through restaurants; liquor stores; and microbreweries, micro-distilleries, or wineries may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-in or drive-through services, as allowed by law.
- All businesses operating within the City of Granbury, except essential businesses, are required to close to the public. Please see the "Is my business essential or non-essential?" for resources.
Please direct questions or requests for more information to the Public Information Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call City of Granbury during business hours at 817-573-1114.
Click here to see when your business can open and what restrictions may be in effect for you.
Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order, GA-21, further clarifies the differences in essential businesses and non-essential business and when they can open and at what capacity.
Operations regarding essential and non-essential businesses are addressed in Granbury City Council Resolution 20-04.
To clarify your status as essential or non-essential please refer to these resources:
- Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19
- Office of the Governor: Executive Order GA-14 Relating to statewide continuity of essential services and activities during the COVID-19 disaster
Granbury Beach City Park Reopens
Granbury Beach City Park reopened to the public, May 8. Although the beach is open, there are still COVID-19 related precautions in effect that City staff are asking beachgoers to follow. Please observe all beach rules and the following guidelines:
- Please keep groups to household members only; avoid groups of more than five (5) people
- Maintain social distancing of at least six (6) feet at all times
- Anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should STAY HOME (e.g. -- fever, cough, difficulty breathing, etc)
- The City reserves the right to limit the number of people on the beach to prevent overcrowding
- To prevent the possible spread of COVID-19, loaner lifejackets will not be offered. Please plan accordingly.
Granbury City Hall Reopened
Granbury City Hall reopened to the public, May 1. Normal business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays, are reinstated. City Hall has been closed to the public and working a half staff rotation of employees since the end of March. The reopening was done in line with Governor Greg Abbott’s phased reopening of businesses throughout Texas and will only allow 50 percent of normal citizens numbers in the building at any one time.
Citizens visiting City Hall will be expected to follow all Centers for Disease Control guidelines, including:
- Maintaining Social Distancing -- six feet of distance between individuals not from the same households. Where distancing is not feasible, other measures such as face-covering, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, cleanliness and sanitation should be rigorously followed
- Washing or disinfecting hands
- The wearing of face masks is encouraged, but it is not mandatory
- Further CDC Guidelines can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
Citizens are also asked to “self-screen” before deciding whether to visit City Hall. If any of the following signs or symptoms exist, citizens are required to visit their health care provider and get tested for COVID-19 before visiting.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
- Known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19.
Utility Billing Services
City lobbies are now open to the public, however, utility services can still be managed in a number of methods. Click here for more information on payment methods, connection services, and general utility information.
- All Utility Payments will be due on the Regular Due Date. Bills will be processed as normal.
- A late penalty will not be assessed at this time, however, to prevent possible service interruption, please ensure your payment is made on time.
Spring Bulk Trash Pickup Rescheduled
The April Bulk Trash Pickup for Granbury residents had been canceled by the City’s contractor due to health concerns for their workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Waste Connections has rescheduled for pick up for Saturday, June 13. Trucks will begin routes at 7 a.m. and will be completed by 1 p.m.
- • Bulk trash includes items such as furniture, appliances, limbs, etc.
- • Limbs must be cut and bundled in 4-foot lengths.
- • Refrigerators, freezers and air conditioning units can be placed in bulk trash but MUST have a certificate of freon reclamation or they WILL NOT be picked up
- • Tires, paint, oils and liquids will NOT be picked up.
- • There is a six (6) item limit and you MUST be inside the city limits.
For more information, contact:
Waste Connections: 817-579-8855, email@example.com
City of Granbury Utility Billing: 682-205-1777, firstname.lastname@example.org
Park & Recreation Closures
- baseball/softball fields (Park and Moore Street Baseball Complexes) are closed until further notice.
Cancelation of all City-Sponsored Events through May 2020
The City of Granbury has canceled all City-sponsored events through May 2020.
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- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Hood County
- Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas
Non-Medical COVID-19 Questions Dial-in
If you have questions concerning COVID-19 which are non-medical type questions. You can dial 211 from your cell phone and a 211 specialist across the state can answer your question, this is available 24/7. You can also obtain information by going to www.211texas.org.
Status of COVID-19 Cases in Hood County
*Graphics courtesy of Josh Leblo
|Hood County residents who have tested positive since March 2020||982||932||889||831||778||709||592|
|Active cases (hospitalized or under self-isolation)||32||40||21||58||75||44||23|
|Recovered, released from self-isolation||930||873||850||757||687||651||558|
|Positive test rate||9.5 percent||9.6 percent||9.6 percent||10.1 percent||10.3 percent||10.3 percent||9.5 percent|
*Last updated Sept. 17, 2020, at 7:35 p.m., per the Hood County Public Health Authority
Hood County has decreased from SUBSTANTIAL to MODERATE risk of COVID-19 transmission
This is in reference to the persistent decline in active cases and hospitalizations across Hood County and North Texas over the past month, as well as the success of prevention strategies in our schools and other large organizations. Continued efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other influenza-like illnesses as we enter flu season will continue to keep our community active at work and school. CDC community mitigation strategy guidelines are found below.
Prevention is Key!
- Social distancing is best - if you need to get close to others, "mask up"
- COVER coughs and sneezes with a mask or a sleeve
- Wash or sanitize hands and surfaces often
Review the Department of State Health Services "Open Texas," Hood County, and City of Granbury websites for the latest Executive Orders, reports and guidance on COVID-19:
COVID-19 Questions? Dial 2-1-1 or Check Online With DSHS
- For questions regarding COVID-19, residents are urged to dial 2-1-1 from any phone, or go to the Texas Department of State Health Services website https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus These remain the best sources of information for Hood County residents regarding COVID-19 and self-protection measures. DSHS updates its county-by-county tracking map daily and can be viewed by clicking here.
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