- City of burleson stay-at-home declaration
- COVID-19 Cases in Burleson
- City facility closures & adjustments
On April 3, 2020, Mayor Ken Shetter issued an amended declaration of local disaster and public health emergency. This amended declaration went into effect on April 3, 2020, at 11:59 pm. View Declaration. Mayor Shetter’s April 3rd declaration makes changes to the most recent declaration from March 25th, including:
- Only one member of a household may obtain necessary services or supplies unless there is no guardian or caregiver available to care for other members of the household who require supervision or assistance. In the previous declaration, this was strongly recommended, but not required.
- In accordance with Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-14, churches and houses of worship must, whenever possible, conduct their activities from home or through remote audio or video services. If churches and houses of worship cannot conduct activities remotely, federal and CDC guidelines must be followed.
- In accordance with Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-14, people shall avoid visiting gyms, massage establishments, tattoo studios, piercing studios, or cosmetology salons.
- Use of city playground structures, basketball courts, or any park amenity or property closed by the city is prohibited.
- The city manager may close any playground structures, basketball courts, park amenity, or park property the city deems unsafe for the public.
- In accordance with Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-14, language defining “essential critical infrastructure” includes everything listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, Version 2.0.
The City Council ratified this amended declaration at its April 6, 2020 meeting, making it effective through April 30, 2020.
The City of Burleson has issued a stay-at-home declaration by amending the city’s disaster declaration, the new amendments will take effect at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 25 and continues until Monday, April 13, unless extended by Burleson City Council. View entire Declaration.. How are these amendments different from the amendments passed on March 23? View the PDF
- View the slide presentation from the March 25 City Council Special Session
- Stay at Home Order
- To determine whether your business is an “essential service” as defined by Texas Executive Order GA-14, visit the Texas Division of Emergency Management’s website and follow all the steps listed
March 30: View Burleson Fire Department’s slide presentation from the March 30 City Council Special Session
There are currently 13 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Burleson, which is 2 additional cases than was reported on April 3, 2020. Additionally, there are 3 recovered cases. View COVID-19 Case Summary.
There are now 11 total confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the City of Burleson, as well as 2 persons under monitoring. This is 1 more confirmed positive case than the 10 previously reported. We will continue to regularly update residents as new case information becomes available.
For information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), call the Coronavirus Hotline (682) 312-2780 Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There are now 10 total confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the City of Burleson, as well as 3 persons under monitoring. This is 2 more confirmed positive cases than the 8 previously reported. The city will provide the age and gender of confirmed positive cases moving forward (See Graphic). Right now, the State Health Department is not providing the city information about how positive cases contracted the virus. If the city receives that information in the future we will provide it to residents as well.
Today the Burleson Fire Department Office of Emergency Management received notification from Johnson County Medical Authorities of eight positive cases of COVID-19 within the Burleson City Limits and six persons-under-investigation within Johnson County, of which one is within the City Limits. The eight positive cases are three more than previously reported on March 27th, the Burleson Office Of Emergency Management confirmed each reported case.
Late this afternoon, the Burleson Fire Department Office of Emergency Management received notification from Johnson County Medical Authorities of 5 tested positive cases of COVID-19 and 1 person-under-investigation. This is 4 more positive cases than previously recorded. Each reported case was confirmed by the Burleson Office Of Emergency Management, and all reported cases are within the Burleson City limits.
On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the Burleson City Council unanimously approved a Stay at Home Order amendment to its Disaster Declaration. It is imperative that residents only leave home for Essential Travel, to work in Essential Businesses, Government Service, or Essential Critical Infrastructure, or to perform Minimum Basic Operations. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably as possible maintain Social Distancing of six feet. For information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), go to www.burlesontx.com/coronavirus or call the Coronavirus Hotline (682) 312-2780 Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 20 Update
Johnson County Public Health has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Burleson on March 20. Due to privacy laws around personal medical information, we don’t have any answers right now to offer about who this individual is or how they may have contracted the virus.
Burleson City Hall: CLOSED TO PUBLIC ACCESS Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, March 20, all public access to city facilities will be closed. The closure is effective until at least April 13, 2020.
The City of Burleson is still open and will continue business as usual via phone or online. By closing public access to our city facilities we are doing our part to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and allowing our staff to practice social distancing. Below is information on how you can still access city staff.
- Utility Billing: Payments can be made online, over the phone at 1-855-498-9971, mail or drop box, located on the east side of City Hall. Customers can also fax or email bank draft information and utility billing staff can set up payments. New applications for water service can also be taken by fax, email or placed in the drop box. A copy of a drivers license is required. More information.
- City Secretary’s Office:
Phone: 817-426-9662 or 817-426-9665
- Permitting: Permit applications, submittal, and payments may be submitted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax at 817-426- 9362, or dropped off inside the vestibule of city hall. Also accepted are submittals via courier services delivered to the vestibule of city hall. Please call, 817-426-9632, if you have any questions or need assistance.
Inspections will proceed in the following manner:
New Construction: Your inspector will coordinate with the contractor to ensure that no one is on site or within the building during the duration of the inspection.
Existing Structures: Your inspector will coordinate with the contractor to verify the work performed and determine if the inspection may be postponed or is an emergency. All postponed inspections may begin to be rescheduled on April 6, 2020, depending on additional closures. If the inspection is to restore essential services to the residence or business there will be coordination from the contractor and the occupant to ensure the safety of the inspector. These inspections will be performed in a timely manner.
- Economic Development: Phone: 817-426-9613
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com
- Community Development/Planning: Community Development/Planning submittals and re-submittals can be dropped off in the assigned drop-off station in alcove of City Hall. Staff will check the area periodically throughout the day and confirm receipt of the information submitted. Please ensure that all material provided has contact information included so that staff can confirm receipt. Staff business cards will be available, if you have the need to contact staff via email. Please call, 817-426-9611, if you have any questions.
- Engineering Capital Projects: For consultant or contractor inquiries please contact 817-426-9610.
- Human Resources: Call, 817-426-9640
Burleson Senior Activity: CLOSED until at least April 13. City staff is working with area volunteers to meet the needs of seniors who rely on the center for meals.
Burleson Recreation Center (BRiCK): CLOSED until at least April 13. Please check Burleson Recreation Center’s Facebook, for more information.
Burleson Public Library: Curbside service at the library is now available. The Library is closed to the public until at least April 13. To protect against the spread of COVID-19, staff will hold returned items for 72 hours before returning them to circulation. Patrons should follow these directions for curbside pick-up:
- Call the library at 817-426-9209 to place a hold.
- Patrons will receive a notification (email or text) when their materials are ready.
- Drive to the library. Park in the lot.
- Call 817-426-9209. The library staff will ask for the library card number so that the materials can be checked out.
- Library staff will place the materials at the front porch hold pick-ups location. CLOSED until at least April 13.
Russell Farm Art Center: CLOSED to public until at least April 13. All events, classes, and programs will be postponed or canceled until at least April 13. Please check Russell Farm Art Center’s Facebook, for information about particular classes or programs. If you have a reservation at the facility, please contact the facility to inquire about your reservation.
Burleson Municipal Court: all March court dockets will be moved to no earlier than June 1. The Burleson Municipal Court is CLOSED to the public at this time. All defendants, jurors, and witnesses set for an appearance, hearing or trial through April 30 will be rescheduled and will be notified by mail of a new appearance or court date. Use the court’s website for information on how to resolve tickets.
Police Department Lobby: CLOSED to the public, unless there is a scheduled appointment with a staff member.
- Citizens are encouraged to communicate with BPD staff through email, telephone or online options.
- The non-emergency contact number is 817-426-9903. It is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.
- Open records request should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you don’t have online access or need to speak with records personnel about obtaining a police or accident report, call 817-426- 9906.
- If you need to pick up property from BPD, please call 817-426-9938 to schedule an appointment.
- All community meetings in the police department’s community room will be canceled until at least April 5.
Animal Services: CLOSED to adoptions or surrenders, will remain open for emergency calls, which include the following; Injured animals, animal bites, aggressive animals. prisoner’s animals, medical, fire, police department emergencies, loose livestock and traffic hazards.
Hidden Creek Golf Course: In accordance with the declaration of local disaster approved by the City Council on March 25, Hidden Creek Golf Course is re-opening for play on Saturday, March 28. Play will be walking only (accommodations will be made for ADA needs), and hours of operation will be Monday – Sunday, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm. Additionally, the course will be closed to the public for non-golf activities (walking, jogging, etc.) The cost of rounds is as follows:
- Regular Adult 18 Hole: $25
- Senior 18 Hole: $20
- Junior 18 Hole and Adult/Senior 9-Hole: $15
- Junior 9 Hole: $10
See the flyer for more information regarding rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Rounds must be booked by calling the golf course at (817) 447-4444 ext. 5.
City Trails: OPEN. We have dozens of trails that are available and encourage residents to get out and use them, please maintain a distance of six feet. Pleases follow the CDC’s guidance on proper personal hygiene before and after visiting shared outdoor spaces.
City Playgrounds: Playgrounds at all city parks will be closed until further notice. The playgrounds will be roped off around the playground borders. Parks staff will monitor all city parks on a daily basis to ensure that social distancing requirements are observed. Additionally, parks staff will have parked department vehicles with lights on at peak times of day during the weekend at Bailey Lake, Warren Park, and Centennial Park to discourage violating social distancing requirements.
Basketball Court at Warren Park: CLOSED until further notice.
Park Restrooms: All park restrooms will be closed until further notice.
Park Drinking Fountains: Park drinking fountains will be turned off until further notice.
City Meetings: Meetings of the Burleson City Council will continue, but public hearings will be limited or canceled for the upcoming council meetings. City boards and commissions will be discontinued until further notice. Meetings can be watched live online.
FAQs: Stay Home Stay Safe
What can I do?
- Perform tasks essential to your health and safety, or to the health and safety of your family or household members (for example, obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies need to work from home).
- Obtain necessary services or supplies for yourself and your family or household members, or to deliver those services or supplies to others (for example, food, pet supply, and any other household consumer products, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences).
- Go to work at an Essential Business (as defined in the Order) or work from home at a non-essential business.
- Care for a family member or pet in another household.
- Engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet (for example, walking, biking, hiking, or running).
- Move to another residence either in or outside the City of Burleson.
What is still open?
- Government Services: police stations; fire stations; jails; courts; garbage/sanitation; and water utilities.
- Healthcare Facilities: hospitals; clinics; dentists; chiropractor offices; optometry offices; pharmacies; healthcare suppliers; mental health providers; substance abuse service providers; blood banks; and any other healthcare facility. These facilities are no longer allowed to perform elective medical, surgical and dental procedures and should only be performing mandatory procedures.
- Food: Grocery stores; farmers markets; food banks; convenience stores; gas stations; and take-out, drive-through, and delivery restaurants.
- Auto Supply and Repair and bicycle repair
- Childcare services and home – or residential-based care for senior, adults or children
- Schools: Public and private educational institutions, only for the purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions.
- Utility services like water, sewer, gas, electric, internet and telecommunications
- Garbage and recycling
- Maintenance Services: Hardware stores, plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning services, and others who provide services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and essential businesses.
- Construction activity, both public and private
- Animal Services: veterinary care; pet food and supply stores; grooming if necessary for the health of the animal; pet daycare, but only for employees of essential businesses.
- Financial Institutions
- Legal or accounting services
- Laundromats/laundry services
- Hotels, motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities
- Cemeteries and funeral services
- Churches can conduct services via teleconference
- Social services and charitable organizations
- Airport and other transportation operations
What businesses provide "essential services"?
Refer to the CISA Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce PDF
My business is not listed by the CISA as providing an essential service. How do I request a determination from The Texas Division of Emergency Management?
Only if you have determined that your business is not covered by one of the critical sectors identified in the DHS Guidance, and is not a church/congregation/house of worship – please apply using the online form for a determination by the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
What about childcare?
Childcare services and home – or residential-based care for seniors, adults or children are allowed to continue operating
When does this start and how long does it lasts?
The order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 and lasts until Monday, April 13, but can be adjusted as needed.
Can I use rideshare or on-demand service or a taxi?
- Yes, but only for essential travel.
- Do your best to take social distancing precautions: cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze, use hand sanitizer, and wash your hands before and after rides, etc.
Can I move?
Yes, moving is allowed but is generally discouraged.
How do I prove that I am allowed to be outside?
At this time there is no requirement of proof that you are allowed to be outside your residence because the order presumes that citizens will adhere to their civic duty and follow the order for the greater good of the community.
Message from Mayor Shetter
March 14, 2020 Special City Council Meeting
Watch the presentation given to City Council by Dr. Veer D. Vithalani, Interim Medical Director for the Metropolitan Area EMS Authority.
View the Powerpoint presentation given to City Council by Dr. Veer D. Vithalani, Interim Medical Director for the Metropolitan Area EMS Authority.
COVID-19 Global Cases Dashboard
The Office of Emergency Management participates in a daily conference call with Tarrant County Public Health and the State of Texas Department of Public Health. We are well connected and will pass along any related information on the COVID-19 Coronavirus.