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Mar 18

Update 03/13/2020 @ 4:30 p.m.

Posted on March 18, 2020 at 12:16 PM by Bradley Fraley

The health and well-being of our citizens, employees and the community is a top priority for the City of Watauga.  We understand the concern and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are committed to being responsive to the needs of the community as the situation evolves.

In coordination with Tarrant County Health Services and in response to the declarations of a State of Emergency by the County, State of Texas and the President of the United States, the City of Watauga is following recommendations to minimize the potential for spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Included in these recommendations are the closures of the Hector F. Garcia Community Center and the Library to the public as well as the cancellation of Watauga sponsored events for the next 2 weeks, effective immediately.

City offices will remain open at this time, however, City Administration strongly recommends that citizens utilize alternative methods of contact with staff including the use of the City’s online payment portal and contact via phone or email.  Please remember that the City is expecting heavier than normal call volume, so the wait times may be longer than usual. 

We strongly encourage you to use the City’s digital applications.  You can access updates on the City’s website. 

If you haven’t registered for emergency updates through the City’s Civic Ready application, you are encouraged to do so. The Civic Ready notification tool will be utilized to provide emergency updates. All other updates may be found on the City’s website and the City’s Facebook page.

With the health and safety of our citizens in mind, the City would like you to know:

  • All City facilities are cleaned and sanitized daily as part of our normal business operations. In light of COVID-19, we have increased the extent of daily cleanings and taking steps to ensure all City buildings have ample hygiene and sanitation supplies available.
  • City facilities have hand sanitizer in place at varying locations throughout the buildings, and we encourage our employees and the public to utilize sanitizer to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
  • Consistent with the CDC, we encourage all citizens and employees to follow appropriate preventive actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases. Please stay home if you aren’t feeling well or believe you may be at risk.

The City will continue to keep the public updated and appreciate the cooperation of all concerned.

More information regarding the COVID-19 disease is available from:

Tarrant County Public Health

Texas Department of State Health Services

The following is a partial list of programs that have been cancelled:

  • The 2020 State of the City Event
  • All Library events through March 27, 2020
  • All Recreation and Community Services events through March 27, 2020 including the Donut Dash, Pickleball Clinic and the Paws in the Park Event
  • The Animal Services Microchip Event and Vaccination Clinic

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