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Good evening Burleson,
As you may be aware, Tarrant County and the City of Fort Worth have issued stay-at-home declarations. I know many of you are wondering if we will be issuing similar. Our emergency management team has been reviewing the differences between the City of Burleson current declaration and the Tarrant County and Fort Worth declarations. As a practical matter, we determined the differences between Tarrant County’s and Burleson’s declarations are minimal and we do not feel the need to act in haste to update the city’s document. We will take tonight and tomorrow to determine the best course of action. This delay will also help us to work with Tarrant County officials to clarify a number of questions so that, if we do adopt an amended declaration, it will be in-line with Tarrant County’s and we will be able to avoid confusion in the implementation.
My colleagues on the City Council and I understand how stressful and confusing this time is as mandates are continually being updated. Your safety is our top priority and we are working hard to flatten the curve in our city. One bit of good news—medical professionals we’ve consulted indicated they believe the measures we have taken so far are working to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in this community. Still, we know our work is not done and the coming days are critically important.
If you are a Burleson resident or own a business located in Tarrant County, you will fall under Tarrant County’s stay-at place declaration starting at midnight tonight, March 24: http://www.tarrantcounty.com/…/covid-19-EO-stay-at-home-ame…
If you are a Burleson resident or business located in Johnson County, you will fall under the City of Burleson’s current declaration, https://www.burlesontx.com/2059/Coronavirus
We will have an update for our community tomorrow, March 25, and are currently planning on hosting a Facebook Live event tomorrow afternoon/evening, the time is to be determined.
Thank you for your patience as we work through this ever-changing situation. We encourage you to stay home unless you have an essential need to go out. Be kind, be safe and be healthy, Burleson.
-Mayor Ken Shetter