The City of Grapevine, at the guidance of Tarrant County Public Health and the Tarrant County Judge, is implementing the following actions to keep residents and visitors safe and to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We also encourage all private sector companies, groups, and organizations to take the same steps in working towards stopping the spread of COVID-19 by limiting group gatherings and to practice social distancing.
“It is in the best interest of our residents, employees, and business merchants to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by practicing social distancing, personal care, and not taking part in large group gatherings with particular attention to the active adult population (over 60) in our community. We will continue to monitor these events per the direction of Tarrant County Public Health and will reassess as needed.” - City of Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate
Effective immediately, the following programs, events, and/or venues are closed:
Current Restrictions Issued by Governor Abbott (bit.ly/3drYOQZ) and Tarrant County (bit.ly/2wznXIP): Stay at Home -Stay Safe: Defined as follows: All persons should stay home except when performing essential needs/errands as listed in the Stay Home - Stay Safe orders listed in the above Tarrant County link.
Latest News (03.30.20): The President extended the social distancing recommendations for 30 more days. Governor Abbott issued orders that require a 14-day quarantine for any travelers coming to Texas from the following locations California, Louisiana, Washington, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, and Miami. There was already a mandatory quarantine in place for New York.
- The Library and its drive-through are closed to the public but e-services such as ebooks and audiobooks remain available. For more information, visit Library.GrapevineTexas.gov.
- The REC of Grapevine
- All city organized/sponsored youth sports suspended
- Community Outreach Center (and all programs)
- Municipal Golf Course
- Convention Center
- Palace Theater
- Municipal Court hearings
- All Board meetings are canceled until further notice
- Special event train excursions and all Grapevine Vintage Railroad excursions have been suspended until further notice
- Rental facilities
- All parks and recreation facilities and pavilion rentals are canceled - Visit GoGrapevine.com to view cancellations specific to the Parks & Recreation Department
- The National Drug Take-Back Event (originally scheduled for April 25)
- All non-essential fingerprinting - Visit Police.GrapevineTexas.gov to view cancellations (and animal services updates) specific to the Grapevine Police Department
- We have seven positive cases in the City of Grapevine. Four are travel-related and three are from an unknown source. View a list of cases provided to us by the Tarrant County Health Department.
Current Restrictions Issued by Governor Abbott and Tarrant County
- Schools - closed
- Restaurants should only be open to provide takeout, delivery or curbside service. Dine-in service is not allowed (outdoor dining is considered part of the restaurant)
- Non-essential retail - closed
- Gyms and massage parlors, barbershops, hair salons, nail salons, and spas - closed
- Visitation at long term care facilities prohibited
- All gatherings restricted to 10 people or less
- Churches and other worship facilities closed except for the personnel needed to stream/record services
- Places that are allowed to remain open must have sufficient space to allow for 6 feet or more between people
- It is highly recommended that employers provide work from home options to the greatest extent possible
To mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley signed (on March 21) a second amended disaster declaration due to a local health emergency. Visit TarrantCounty.com for the complete order which includes a more comprehensive list.
The new restrictions, which went into effect on Saturday, March 21 at 6pm, will close in-person worship services but will allow worship support staff to facilitate online services.
- The new rules also close malls and other non-essential retail establishments such as barbershops, hair salons, nail salons as well as spas and massage parlors
- Essential services such as grocery stores, pharmacies and other establishments that sell household goods will remain open
- In-house dining at restaurants remains closed but drive-in, drive-through, takeout, and delivery are still permitted
- There should be no gatherings of more than 10 people regardless of the situation. There is no distinction between the types of gatherings in the amended declaration
- "We cannot stress enough that Tarrant County residents practice social distancing where you stay at least 6 feet away from other individuals," Whitley said. "You need to have sufficient space to have people be at least 6 feet apart. To whatever degree possible, we would encourage you to have sign-in logs to keep track of everyone you have come in contact with."
- COVID-19 causes a respiratory illness with cough, fever, and shortness of breath, and may lead to bronchitis and severe pneumonia
City Facility Updates
Beginning Wednesday, all City facilities will be closed to the public. A reduced staff will remain on-site, and others will be working remotely to assure that you get what you need. Please call the direct line of the department you are trying to reach and you will be assisted. Most parks and trails are open with the exception of current closures due to rising lake levels. Visit bit.ly/2y4IqWr for a complete listing.
Many City services are available online as listed below:
Books available for checkout may be picked up at the library drive-thru
Pay traffic tickets at MunicipalOnlinePayments.com.
Make facility reservations for the future at GoGrapevine.com.
Apply for a building permit at App.MyGov.US.
Police records are available at GrapevineTexas.gov.
Pay utility bills at UB.GrapevineTexas.gov.
Birth and Death Certificates may be requested online at TXApps.Texas.gov
Restaurant Details Updated
Restaurants are being very innovative in ways to still provide service while having their dining rooms closed. Some are offering free delivery, new curbside areas, and specials. The Governor has released some restrictions that allow alcoholic beverages to be taken to go/delivered from restaurants. City staff is gathering information on businesses that remain open (ie restaurants providing curbside, takeout, and delivery, along with other types). The information we currently have and will be adding to is available at GrapevineGIS.Maps.ArcGIS.com.
On-Site Dining Prohibited - Signage Update
During the period that on-site dining is prohibited, we have the following guidelines in place for all sign permit requirements for food service establishments:
- Temporary signs, banners, etc. placed on private property or on buildings advertising “curbside service”, “take-out open”, sales, and similar copy are permitted without permits or fees.
- The signs must be placed only on the private property on which the food service establishment exists, and never on the public right-of-way
- Signs and banners must not block visibility for vehicles at driveways or intersections
- Signs may be removed or ordered removed if they pose any type of hazard as deemed by the Police Chief, Fire Marshal, or Building Official
- This policy is intended to help support our restaurants during this difficult period, however, the policy may be revoked for good cause at any time by the City Manager.
Small Business Administration Loans
Additional information regarding the Small Business Administration Loans may be found at SBA.gov.
Most Board and Commission meetings are canceled, as well as Parks and Recreation events.
Grapevine Cares Hotline
If you have a non-medical, city-related question related to COVID-19 or have a neighbor that needs assistance, please call our Grapevine CARES hotline at 817.410.4455.
Active Adults Update
Due to the temporary closure of The REC, we are delivering meals directly to the active adults that normally dine at The REC. In addition, GRACE and Meals on Wheels also serve some other residents that are unable to leave their homes. If you become aware of a resident that needs assistance in any way, please contact the Grapevine CARES hotline at 817.410.4455. Several grocery stores, including Tom Thumb, Wal-Mart, and Dollar General have set special hours for seniors.
Beginning on Monday, March 23, the TEXRail train schedule will move to an hourly schedule to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. They have also reduced bus service. Rides during this two-week period will be complimentary.
Solicitor Permits Suspended
Door-to-door door soliciting permits have been suspended.
Federal Economic Relief Efforts
The President signed the coronavirus relief package that does several things. This bill responds to the coronavirus outbreak by providing paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing, expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits, and requiring employers to provide additional protections for health care workers. That is the first bill in a series that the President has proposed.
Cancellations & Refunds (due to COVID-19)
Individuals or groups who have purchased tickets to any of the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (CVB) events scheduled to take place between March 14-31, 2020 (via Ticketline on GrapevineTexasUSA.com), will be issued an automatic refund to the credit card used to purchase tickets within the next 5 - 10 business days. This includes all excursions and special event trains on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, as well as events at the Palace Arts Center, Grapevine Convention Center, Grapevine Concourse, Nash Farm and Settlement to City Museums. For additional information, please call 817.410.3185
The REC of Grapevine memberships will be extended to reflect the length of the current facility closure. All participants who have purchased tickets for paid events will be refunded. Other programs, classes, and leagues will receive refund/credit to their household accounts.
Grapevine residents are urged to help reduce potential community spread of COVID-19 by implementing the following:
- If you have recently traveled, individuals and families are advised to monitor your health and report any signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19, which may include fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath to your primary care physician
- Everyone should wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom. Also, wash them before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If there’s no soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid people who are sick
- Stay isolated when you are sick
- Cover your cough and/or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch often with a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
The public is encouraged to monitor the city’s website (GrapevineTexas.gov) and City managed social media outlets for up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and the status of city-sponsored events and closures.
Grapevine Cares Hotline: 817.410.4455
City of Grapevine staff are managing a phone bank from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday to assist with non-medical, city-related COVID-19 inquiries. You may also leave a message after-hours and someone from our team will return your phone call.
For additional information regarding the Grapevine Public Library, please visit Library.GrapevineTexas.gov
For additional information regarding the Convention & Visitors Bureau, please visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com