Protecting Southlake is a cornerstone of the City’s operations. Part of our commitment to protecting Southlake includes a proactive approach to emergency management that includes strong planning for how we would operate in the face of various emergencies.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Following the recent outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in China late last year, the City’s Executive Leadership Team began working with the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to ensure we are taking appropriate precautions and preparing protocols in case the virus affects our community and/or region.
Local Case Data
The City created a centralized area for Tarrant and Denton County, as well as Carroll ISD COVID-19 case data. The dashboard provides a local snapshot. By clicking on the links below, readers can see the case counts provided by the Denton County and Tarrant County public health offices, as well as Carroll ISD.
Southlake online and local services that support social distancing guidelines are also provided for residents’ information.
State of Texas COVID-19 Updates
- Governor Issues Executive Order for Protocols to Allow Bars or Similar Establishments to Open: Governor Abbott issued an Executive Order October 7, 2020, allowing bars or similar establishments to open October 14 with 50% capacity indoors and no occupancy limit for outdoors.
- Governor Issues two Executive Orders Related to the Reopening of Texas and Hospital Capacity: Governor Abbott issued two Executive Orders on September 17, 2020, allowing for expanded occupancy levels for businesses, and another relating to hospital capacity during the COVID-19 disaster. Read more about the order details in a press release from the Governor’s Office.
- Governor Issues Executive Order For Statewide Face Covering Requirements and a Proclamation to Limit Gatherings: Governor Abbott issued an executive order on July 2, 2020, requiring the use of a face-covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving local leaders the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over ten people.
- Governor Issues Executive Order Limiting Certain Businesses and Services: Governor Abbott issued an executive order June 26, 2020, affecting bars and similar establishments, restaurants, rafting and tubing businesses, and outdoor gatherings.
- Governor Announces Temporary Pause of Additional Reopening Phases: Governor Abbott released a statement June 25, 2020, stating further reopening phases will be paused as the state responds to an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
- Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas: The State of Texas is regularly updating their plans and next steps to Open Texas. For more information on guidelines and openings, visit their Open Texas website.
- Governor Issues Reopening Guidance: Governor Abbott released Open Texas Checklists during his press conference May 18, as part of Phase 2 of his reopening plan.
- Governor Abbott’s Reopening Orders: On May 5, 2020, Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-21, expanding openings of additional businesses and activities. Read more about the order’s details here in a press release from the Governor’s Office.
- The Governor’s Report to Open Texas: The Governor’s April 27, 2020, announcement initiating phase one to open Texas, was accompanied by Texans Helping Texans: The Governor’s Report to Open Texas. This detailed report, available on the strike force website, helps Texans understand phase one by outlining the new protocols, guidance, and recommendations. The report also includes a series of Open Texas Checklists that outline DSHS’ minimum standard health protocols for all Texans. Visit the website here: https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas.
Latest News / Information:
The following information provides updates about actions the City is taking, lists news items the City has recently posted to MySouthlakeNews.com, and gives answers to questions we are receiving frequently.
If you are looking for local daily case counts, please visit Tarrant County Public Health’s website by clicking here.
- Executive Order of Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley issued August 25, 2020: "The executive order issued on June 25, 2020, is hereby further extended until November 30, 2020." Read more here.
- Executive Order of Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley issued June 25, 2020: Effective at 6:00 p.m. June 26, 2020, to August 3, 2020, at 6:00 a.m., that all employees and visitors to Tarrant County businesses premises wear face coverings when in an area or performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public. Read more here.
- City Approves Interlocal Agreement with Tarrant County for CARES Act Funding (June 5, 2020): The Southlake City Council approved an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement with Tarrant County during the June 2 session, to receive funding as part of the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Read more here.
- Southlake Senior Activity Center Provides Curbside Meal Pickup (June 1, 2020): The Southlake Senior Activity Center kicked off the first Metroport Meals on Wheels curbside pick-up. Learn more here.
- Safely Reopening The Marq Southlake (May 29, 2020): We’re excited to announce the reopening of The Marq Southlake. Read more about the reopening here.
- Garbage Service Returns to Normal Schedule (May 22, 2020): This includes recycling and brush pick up. Learn more here.
- Teen Court Still in Session - From a Distance (May 21, 2020): By using a little ingenuity, Metroport Teen Court is still in session despite changes associated with COVID-19. Read more here.
- City Looking to Adjust 2020 and 2021 Fiscal Year Budgets Based on Revenue Projections (May 21, 2020): City of Southlake CFO Sharen Jackson provided a financial outlook during the May 19 City Council meeting.
- Southlake Parks Re-Opening (May 18, 2020): Park amenities and facilities are such as the playgrounds, outdoor basketball courts and restrooms have re-opened, with others scheduled to re-open soon. Click here for more information.
- Economic Recovery Task Force Begins Work – Sets Strategic Goals For Future Success (May 8, 2020): A task force made up of local business leaders has begun its work with the city to help strengthen Southlake’s business environment in the wake of COVID-19 impacts. The team has set strategic goals and has begun to implement recovery ideas, such as relaxing outdoor sales regulations, an idea City Council has already approved. Click here for more information.
- Carroll ISD is providing updates on their Operation #SAFEdragon page.
The links below provide information about both local and statewide testing sites and processes.
Looking for information about cases in Tarrant County? Visit the Tarrant County Public Health site by clicking here.
For information at the state, national and world level, click on the links below.
(Please note that these are links to outside websites.)
These links provide good resources for tracking the progression of the outbreak and finding answers to frequently asked questions.
What You Can Do Today
- Reduce Your Risk of Being Infected or Infecting Others
- Follow Declarations Issued
- Stay Informed From Trusted Sites
We can do a few things and we’ve probably heard them all before. They won’t guarantee to protect us from infection, but they can reduce our risk of infection. These are just as useful for avoiding influenza (flu) virus infection during flu season and for preventing COVID-19, once the local community is known to have it circulating.
Wash your hands for 20 seconds & more frequently than you do now. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Try not to touch your face.
Stay home if you are sick, and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
State, County and City officials are issues orders and guidance. Be sure to understand what the what these include and how they impact you.
The CDC and Texas DSHS have established central resources for tracking the situation. There is also a useful dashboard that has been created that tracks cases worldwide. Check out the resources section of this page for some quick links. The City will also provide updates as needed on this page under the “Latest News” section.