FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) — Officials in Fort Worth are taking another step in following social distancing guidelines by closing all basketball and volleyball courts throughout the city.
The Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management said the decision was made after “this weekend’s lack of social distancing” at parks in the area.
Officials said crews will be removing basketball rims and volleyball nets at all the courts in order to keep residents safe and at home during the coronavirus outbreak.
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Tarrant County is currently under a “stay at home” order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 as cases and deaths continue to increase in North Texas.
Under the order, residents are being told to stay inside their homes unless they need to leave for “essential” activities such as grocery shopping, medical reasons or for jobs that are still operating. Residents are allowed to go outdoors for fresh air, but they must follow guidelines such as staying at least six feet apart from each other and not gathering in large groups.
Since launching a COVID-19 hotline and email address last week, Fort Worth has received more than 3,000 calls related to the virus, and nearly 750 emails.
Inquiries spiked March 25, the day after the city’s stay home order went into effect.
The calls range from questions about what businesses are allowed to be open, to reporting perceived violations of the city’s order.
Fire department Mike Drivdahl explained Monday that calls to non-emergency numbers or even 911, would be routed to the hotline, and then referred to fire or code compliance on a case by case basis.
He said city departments were not responding to every report of a possible violation, comparing it to how the department handles fireworks calls on July 4.
Large problems like a restaurant are garnering more attention than a couple of people too close on a trail together.