- What restrictions are currently in place?
- What City services are changed?
- How do I stay informed?
- Is my business essential or non-essential?
Governor’s Order Eases Restrictions on Businesses and Citizens
On Monday, April 5, 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-35, which related to the COVID-19 vaccines and the protection of Texan's private health information. This order, which reaffirmed the federal statute that expressly recognizes that each individual has the "option to accept or refuse administration of the product" (the COVID-19 vaccines that are not yet FDA-approved), said that no governmental entity should compel disclosure of whether or not an individual has received the vaccine. It expressly stated that the state cannot mandate a "vaccine passport" or other forms of disclosure of vaccination status of an individual, also.
On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34, which supersedes all previous orders. In essence, this order allows counties and cities that are under the 15% COVID-19 hospitalization rate to open their businesses up to the pre-COVID-19 rate of 100% occupancy. It also removes the state-mandated requirement to wear a face covering. It also rescinded Executive Orders GA-17, GA-25, GA-29 and GA-31 in their entirety.
On Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-32, which superseded GA-30. Significantly, GA-32 updates the thresholds for areas with high hospitalizations. The new definition of areas with high hospitalizations is:
Any Trauma Service Area that has had seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity exceeds 15 percent, until such time as the Trauma Service Area has seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity is 15 percent or less.
For the past seven days, the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients in Trauma Service Area E (which includes Hood, Tarrant and Parker Counties) as a percentage of total hospital capacity exceeds 15 percent, making it an area with high hospitalizations as defined above.
Additionally, all licensed hospitals in the Trauma Service Area are required to discontinue elective surgeries as set forth in Executive Order GA-31. The Health and Human Services Commission, the agency responsible for regulating hospitals in Texas, is separately providing notice directly to affected hospitals notifying them of the requirement to discontinue elective surgeries located in Trauma Service Area E.
If you have questions about this notice or your obligations under Executive Order GA-32, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please enter “Executive Order 32” in the subject line for proper routing.
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 email@example.com or call City of Granbury during business hours at 817-573-1114.
Granbury City Hall Open For Normal Business Hours
Granbury City Hall reopened to the public, May 1, 2020, to its normal business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays. Citizens visiting City Hall will still be expected to wear face coverings and 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
- 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.
Granbury Beach City Park Reopens
Granbury Beach City Park reopened to the public, May 8, 2020. 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.
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.
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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.
Click here to see when your business can open and what restrictions may be in effect for you.
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
Hood County Outlines COVID-19 Vaccine Protocols
Please check the Hood County website and the City of Granbury webpages for updates.
Status of COVID-19 Cases in Hood County
|Positive tests (from March 2020)||6,534||6,512||6,449||6,420||6,347||6,307||6,245||6,128|
|New cases (x)||27||78||46||18||164||128||90||512|
|Positive test rate||11.8%||12.5%||11.6%||11.6%||10.6%||9.4%||8.6%||11.7%|
*Last updated at 3 p.m., May 5, 2021, per Jay Webster, Emergency Management Coordinator, Hood County Office of Emergency Management
(x) = "New case" numbers roll over from month to month. Lower numbers generally indicate the first report of the month.
Vaccine Scheduling Update
Those who are scheduled to receive their second dose of the two-dose Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on May 5 have been rescheduled to Thursday, May 6. Only the date has been rescheduled. Vaccination times will remain the same.
Each person who received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine was given an appointment card for their second dose. The appointment time is on that card. Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Update on Moderna Vaccine thru Hood County
Beginning May 2021, the Vaccine Hub will be open on Thursdays ONLY.
On May 6, the Hood County Vaccine Hub will transition to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for those still needing an initial vaccination, and will no longer offer first doses of the Moderna vaccine. The hub will continue to provide Moderna second doses to those who have been scheduled throughout the month of May.
The hub's schedule for the rest of May is as follows:
- Thursday, May 13 – 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Thursday, May 20 – 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Thursday, May 27 – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Jay Webster, Emergency Management Coordinator, Hood County Office of Emergency Management
Executive Order 35 Forbids the Issuance of Mandated Vaccines or "Vaccine Passports"
On Monday, April 5, 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-35, which related to the COVID-19 vaccines and the protection of Texan's private health information. This order, which reaffirmed the federal statute that expressly recognizes that each individual has the "option to accept or refuse administration of the product" (the COVID-19 vaccines that are not yet FDA-approved), said that no governmental entity should compel disclosure of whether or not an individual has received the vaccine. It expressly stated that the state cannot mandate a "vaccine passport" or other forms of disclosure of the vaccination status of an individual, also.
Hood County Businesses Returned to 100 Percent Maximum Capacity
Because COVID-19 related hospitalization rates in Trauma Service Area E (which includes Hood County) no longer exceed 15 percent of total hospital capacity, Hood County businesses (including all restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms and exercise facilities and classes, museums and libraries) are now allowed to return to 100 percent occupancy levels. If you have questions about this notice or your obligations under Executive Order GA-34, please contact us at email@example.com Please enter “Executive Order 34” in the subject line for proper routing.
Hood County has increased to a MODERATE risk of COVID-19 transmission
Efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other influenza-like illnesses 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
- Get your flu shot to prevent the spread of influenza-like illness
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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- Don’t believe the rumors.
- Don’t pass them along.
- Go to trusted sources of information to get the facts about the federal (COVID-19) response.
Check your state, local, tribal and territorial governments’ official websites or social media accounts first for information specific to your community.