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‘Stay at Home’ Order Issued For Tarrant County; Restaurants Can Continue Takeout

The order is in effect as of 11:59 p.m. tonight, and will continue through April 3

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Amy McCarthy is a reporter at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

On Tuesday morning, mayors of Tarrant County cities teamed up to announce a stay-at-home order for residents of the county.

Last week, Fort Worth mayor Betsy Price first ordered restaurants in the city to reduce their dining room capacities, then shuttered those dining rooms altogether. The new countywide order requires that people stay home unless they’re working in an “essential” job or need to leave the house for food, medicine, or other necessary supplies.

Fortunately, restaurants will be allowed to remain open for curbside pickup and delivery in Tarrant County, which is similar to other orders issued across the state. The new Tarrant County guidelines come two days after Dallas mayor Eric Johnson issued a similar order for the city of Dallas. While picking up takeout, though, diners have to make sure that they’re following the six-foot social distancing guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control.

Tarrant County’s shelter-in-place order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. tonight, and will continue through April 3.