Downtown Fort Worth Updates Due to Coronavirus
As we continue to monitor the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, we want to support our business owners, Downtown residents, office workers, and visitors by keeping you informed about the ways in which this is affecting Downtown.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT - May 22
This week the Governor expanded openings for restaurants to 50% capacity. Bars, gyms, nail salons, hair salons and other personal services are permitted to open with limits as well.
Things are not back to normal - yet. The Convention Center is still being used as an emergency homeless shelter and plans are to have it close in mid-June.
Some hotels have not announced a reopening date and some retailers may not reopen. Parking garage usage is still running lower than usual, a sign that offices are still implementing work from home measures.
But adaptations are taking place. DFWI has re-tasked some of our Ambassador team on targeted areas and our Clean Team has doubled down on street and high touch area cleanings. We've begun a new gateway planting effort at key entrances into the Public Improvement District and have worked with property owners on security issues.
We've been touching base with corporate tenants, promoting on street merchants, coordinating with security providers and holding virtual meetings with Downtown residents to gather information and provide answers to questions raised during these unusual months. All the while, we've been keeping downtown "show ready," ensuring that, to the extent possible, our center city looks and acts as it always has; as one of America's downtown showcases.
While all of that has been going on, we've also been looking to the future. We are working to advance a new, ambitious vision for Texas A&M in Downtown Fort Worth. We are poised to relaunch our national office marketing campaign. We've secured nearly $2M in funding for the next Heritage/Paddock Park design phase. We've finished fundraising for an African American Museum study to be conducted when group gatherings can take place again. We are (hopefully) going to produce the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival in the late summer and hope to produce a modified version of the Main Table in September.
As Texas begins reopening, we are enjoying the little things that make life so enjoyable. But we should be cautious not to undo the curve flattening that has caused so much personal and corporate economic trauma.
We should all be mindful to act with caution, following common sense and being "covid-gracious" about the requests proprietors make.
We hope to see you Downtown!
President, Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT - May 7
Your City Awaits
In the Star-Telegram a couple weeks ago, you saw downtown on the front page twice. The first story featured Sundance Square businesses who shared optimism about the future and restaurants retooling by making to-go orders their temporary business model. The other was a photo of an empty Main Street at mid-day, a stark image representing the entire city pulling together to flatten the curve.
These two stories happening in downtown at the same time...read full message here.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT - April 24
As we await the reopening of the economy, talk of "flattening the curve" is giving way to "what is the new normal?"
Based on history, the new normal will be the old normal. Our technology changes, our built environment changes, our modes of transportation advance...but human beings want to be together. We need to be together. Feel that tension in your head or in your house or out there? That's people wanting to be together....read full message here.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT - March 24
While business as usual has been halted for the duration of this national effort to flatten the curve, business has not stopped. Restaurants have retooled and are serving to go orders. For those who have come downtown recently, you have seen that TPW and contractor crews are doing infrastructure work while our sidewalks and streets are less busy. Stories of neighbors helping neighbors and businesses helping first responders are reminding us that we are all in this together...read full message here.
Due to the national efforts surrounding the coronavirus, DFWI offices will be closed. All staff will be working remotely during the duration and can be reached via cell phone or email (visit Meet the Team page for contact information).
Our on-street personnel will continue their duties with some modifications due to social distancing. If you need assistance, please let us know.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak and CDC recommendations for preventing the spread of the virus, many events have been rescheduled, canceled, or moved to a virtual experience. Please visit our event page for more information.
- Texas A&M School of Law Webinar Series
- Click here for a free webinar series addressing business bankruptcy, employment issues, and business issues during the Coronavirus pandemic. Upcoming and previously recorded webinars available.
- Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Leaders Online Virtual Learning Sessions
- Click here to view the upcoming and previously recorded free sessions.
- MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival - VIRTUAL EVENT
- Visit MAIN ST.’s Facebook page for a virtual arts festival experience, where you can browse exclusive artwork, watch performances from your favorite local artists, and much more! #MainStFromHome.
Effective Friday, May 22, 2020, as outlined in Governor Abbott’s executive order, restaurants may operate for dine-in service up to 50% of the total listed occupancy of the restaurant. Business hours may be affected and many of our restaurants will continue to offer curb-side, take-out and delivery options in addition to modified dine-in service.
Please visit our Downtown Dining Update page.
Effective Friday, May 5, 2020, as outlined in Governor Abbott’s executive order, retail stores may open to guests for up to 25% of the total listed occupancy of the store. The business hours of our Downtown merchants have been affected, please check websites for updated information. For our list of retail updates, click here. To view full list, please visit our shopping page.
Resources & Information
City of Fort Worth
Office of the Texas Governor, Greg Abbott
The New Normal - This innovative program is designed to support Fort Worth’s economic and emotional recovery through both service and art and will culminate in the creation of an important and profound body of work that interprets and documents the uniquely Fort Worth experience, during these uncertain, surreal, and often worrisome times.
Get Shift Done - A relief fund and initiative launched in North Texas to address both affected service workers who have lost their paychecks and immediate support for the demand of the non-profits, especially with respect to hunger relief.
North Texas Cares - A funder collaborative made up of North Texas foundations and United Ways that have come together to provide support for organizations that work with people and communities who may be most negatively affected by COVID-19.
Click the links below to view messages from our community partners regarding the coronavirus and daily operations.