Governor Abbott continues to issue executive orders establishing Texas’ ongoing plan to safely open businesses and activities in Texas with restrictions to minimize the spread of COVID-19. For details and a full list of guidelines, openings, and relevant dates related to these executive orders, visit www.gov.texas.gov/opentexas. Effective immediately, and continuing until it is modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by the governor, the City and the residents of Azle should follow the provisions of Executive Orders GA-32 (opening bars and expanding occupancy levels to 75% for certain businesses) and GA-31 (re-authorizing elective surgeries for a majority of Texas hospitals) & GA-29 (relating to the use of face coverings). The Governor also announced visitation guidelines, effective September 24, 2020, allowing limited visitation at nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Gov Abbott has continued to extended his Disaster Declaration as a state of disaster continues to exist in all counties due to COVID- 19. The City of Azle does not have a Disaster Declaration as Governor Abbott’s executive orders supersede anything the City could impose.
Pursuant to Executive Orders issued by Governor Abbott, outdoor gatherings of more than 10 individuals taking place inside the incorporated city limits of Azle are prohibited unless approved by the Mayor. A Request for Approval of Large Outdoor Gathering form must be submitted to the City Secretary's office. If your event falls within the unincorporated area of Tarrant County, you are required to obtain approval from the County Judge. If your event falls within the unincorporated area of Parker County, the Parker County Judge has signed a proclamation that allows the citizens of Parker County to have outdoor gatherings up to 100 people. Gatherings over 100 people will require approval from the Parker County Judge.
Gov Abbott has outlined his plan to re-open Texas in a book titled “Texans Helping Texans.” The book provides guidelines/health protocols for individuals, employers, employees, and customers to follow as Texas reopens with restrictions. Please carefully read the executive orders and Texans Helping Texans as they provide very important information.
Gov Abbott stated, "We all have a responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. If Texans commit to wearing face coverings in public spaces and follow the best health and safety practices, we can both slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep Texas open for business. I urge all Texans to wear a face covering in public, not just for their own health, but for the health of their families, friends, and for all our fellow Texans.” As normal business operations resume, everyone must act safely, and should follow the minimum standard health protocols recommended by DSHS, found at http://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus.
City staff participate in conference calls with federal, state, and county officials to stay up-to-date on the developments with COVID-19. The City is providing deep cleaning procedures at public buildings to help support the safety of the public and City employees. As the City re-opens its facilities, we continue to follow the guidance of state and county recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The City of Azle has re-opened most of its facilities previously closed to the public. Fire and police remain operational and responsive to all emergencies. In order to minimize in-person contact, we continue to encourage our patrons to conduct city business either online, via email, by mail or by phone. You may pay your utility bill, court traffic fine, or get accident reports using our on-line payment systems. You can also drop off your utility bill at our night drop box located at City Hall, 505 W. Main St - Bldg 1. For questions or assistance, please call (817) 444-2541.
- City Hall and Police Dept - re-opened lobby areas to the public on June 8 with steps taken to ensure the safety of visitors and employees.
- Azle Animal Shelter - re-opened to the public on June 8 with modified operating procedures. Details here.
- City Parks - re-opened all park amenities on June 5. Reservations for outdoor park facilities may be made.
- Cross Timbers Golf Course - Course is open to the public with strict guidelines.
- Azle Memorial Library - re-opened to the public on May 15 with modified operating procedures to ensure the safety of visitors and the employees. Library hours have been modified - Monday, Wednesday, Fridays from 11 am - 5 pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 pm - 7 pm. Details regarding new operating procedures here.
- Azle Municipal Court - has resumed court appearances and hearings. Payments may still be made by phone at 817-444-2541 as well as online at www.trafficpayment.com. If you have a court hearing, you will be notified by mail or phone of the scheduled date. If you need assistance with your case, please contact one of the following court personnel:
Felicia King - Court Administrator 817-444-5088 Direct Line email: email@example.com
Amber Watson - Court Clerk 817-444-5296 Direct Line email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Azle Senior Center - Closed until further notice. Senior Center staff are making phone calls to its participants to check on them
- All City Community Buildings - Until further notice, all recreation classes and events held in the BJ Clark Building, BJ Clark Annex, and Emmanuel Building are cancelled.
- Music in the Park - 2020 season is cancelled.
- Garage Sales -No garage sales permits will be issued until further notice.
City water supply - Azle water customers can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual as COVID-19 is not present in drinking water supplies. Azle’s Water Treatment Plant disinfection processes provides protection that includes filtration and disinfection of our surface water supplies and disinfection of our ground water sources. Additional information
We encourage all residents to stay up-to-date on this ever-changing COVID-19 situation by visiting the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website, Tarrant County Health Department and Parker County Public Health Department websites.
We will continue to monitor information from the CDC, state and county health officials and adjust our response as necessary to ensure the health and safety of our residents and staff. Please continue to monitor this website for updated information on the city’s response to this situation.