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.

If you have information about your business that you would like to share on this page, or our Downtown's social media pages, please email Beckyf@dfwi.org and Nicole@dfwi.org

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.

Our Mayor and Council, County Judge and Commissioner's Court and their staffs are working what seem like endless days and nights to address the coronavirus impacts and respond to media and citizen questions - all while keeping the everyday municipal service wheels turning.

DFWI staff is working from home and using multiple technologies to collaborate on keeping our core functions and downtown improvement projects moving forward. Our Clean Team and Ambassadors are working throughout downtown, maintaining and patrolling our center city. Mowing, litter removal, graffiti abatement, security patrols...they all continue apace, ensuring that downtown is exceedingly well tended - even during this unusual time.

The City is doing a great job managing the reuse of the Convention Center Arena as a homeless shelter during a time of stretched resources. Trinity Metro is helping by providing bus service to the homeless shelters where both food and social services are still being provided. This is a vulnerable population, and the efforts being spent here are both critical for all of us and lifesaving for those in need.

These are strange times. But you can be sure that just as your company's staffs are pulling together to keep business going, so too are the City, County, Chambers, DFWI, Near Southside and many of the other NGOs that pull together every day to make Fort Worth work so well.

Andy Taft
President, Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.
 

DFWI & DISTRICT OPERATIONS

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.  

EVENTS

Due to the coronavirus outbreak and CDC recommendations for preventing the spread of the virus, many events have been rescheduled or canceled. Please visit our event page for updated information.

DINING 

The coronavirus, CDC and City of Fort Worth recommendations are having an impact on how our Downtown restaurants are conducting business. Mayor Betsy Price announced Tuesday, March 17, 2020 that the city will close bars and restaurants except for take-out. Many Downtown restaurants will offer a limited menu and business hours may have been affected.

Please visit our Downtown Dining Update page. 

RETAIL 

The business hours of our Downtown merchants may be affected, please check their websites for updated information. For our list of retail updates, click here. To view full list, please visit our shopping page.  

PARTNER UPDATES

Click the links below to view messages from our community partners regarding the coronavirus and daily operations.

Center for Transforming Lives: A message from Carol Klocek

Fort Worth Bike Sharing: A Response to COVID-19

Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce - Leaders Online Facebook Live Series

Fort Worth Public Library locations to collect donations of protective equipment

Sundance Square - A Message Regarding COVID-19

Trinity Metro Adapting Services - March 19, 2020

Trinity Metro response to COVID-19

Visit Fort Worth - Restaurant Updates

Visit Fort Worth - Experience Fort Worth Virtually

United Way of Tarrant County, Hear Fort Worth and Film Fort Worth Extend Creative Industry Relief Fund

LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Tarrant County

TARRANT COUNTY COVID-19 INFORMATION

City of Fort Worth 

CITY OF FORT WORTH - ABOUT COVID-19

City of Fort Worth - Amendment to Stay at Home Order - March 26, 2020

City of Fort Worth - March 24 Amendment to Emergency Declaration

City of Fort Worth Update - March 21, 2020

City of Fort Worth Community Update - March 19, 2020

COVID-19 Information for Businesses

COVID-19 Business Survey

Office of the Texas Governor, Greg Abbott

Governor Abbott Announces Approval Of Emergency Designation For Small Business Disaster Loans From U.S. Small Business Administration