City of Fort Worth to Close Bars and Restaurants Except for Take-Out

March 17,2020


See full NBC DFW article by Matt Jackson here.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price announced Tuesday night that the city will close bars and restaurants except for take-out.

Dine-In will not be allowed under the new restrictions which will be issued on Wednesday, she said.

"Everyone knows this is a fluid situation that continues to evolve," Price said.

The mayor also strongly encouraged grocery stores to enact stronger social distancing guidelines in order to avoid further restrictions.

Dallas issued a similar order on Monday.

Meanwhile, the city council in Arlington voted Tuesday night to allow bars and restaurants to stay open -- but limited to 50 percent capacity or 125 customers.

At J. Gilligan's Bar and Grill in Arlington, owner Randy Ford said customers are confused with different cities issuing different restrictions.

"Maybe county by county is how it should go to avoid confusion," Ford said.

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley said the county may issue its own new restrictions on Wednesday morning in an effort to keep the rules more consistent.

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