Good news for Amarillo businesses and citizens as COVID hospitalization rate falls

Due to a decrease in the hospitalization rate for COVID-19 patients in the Panhandle Regional Advisory Council (RAC) area as determined by the Texas Department of State Health Services, the City of Amarillo is updating its Alternative Service Delivery Plan under Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-32. GA 32 was issued in October and applies statewide. The updates are effective Thursday (February 4.)

Under GA 32, a Trauma Service Area (or RAC) with seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity is 15 percent or less can reopen at 75 percent business capacity. The Panhandle RAC area, which includes the City of Amarillo, met this criteria Wednesday (February 3.)

The updates include:

● City of Amarillo (COA) Ordinance 7893 regarding businesses requiring customers to wear face coverings will no longer be in effect.

●Events will resume at the Amarillo Civic Center Complex on Friday (February 5) under current restrictions outlined in state executive orders. Please check for current event information. The Amarillo Civic Center box office will remain open by appointment during COVID-19 vaccination clinic hours. Events in the north end of the Amarillo Civic Center will be postponed and/or canceled in order to provide adequate space for the COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The Amarillo Civic Center Complex related readiness plan is available at:

●Businesses, including restaurants, will be allowed to operate at 75 percent customer capacity. Businesses which meet state criteria qualifying as bars can reopen pending approval of the county of residence.

●All Amarillo Public Library locations will be open to the public. Service hours will be Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Curbside service will continue. Pickups will take place between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

●COA Parks & Recreation Department Administration, Utility Billing and Vital Statistics will provide walk-in service. For more information call PARD at (806) 378-3036, Utility Billing at (806) 378-3030 and Vital Statistics at (806) 378-9344. 

●All COA departments at the Simms Building will accommodate walk-in customers. In-person meetings by appointment are preferred and all services will also be provided by phone or email. For more information, call the COA Building Safety Department at (806) 378-3041, the COA Environmental Health Department at (806) 378-9472 and the COA Community Development Department at (806) 378-3098. 

●The COA Animal Management and Welfare Department will be open to the public for animal adoptions and to locate lost animals. The shelter will accept surrender of pets by appointment only. Public access will be limited to 50 percent occupancy. Face coverings and six-foot social distancing standards will be enforced. Shelter hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call AAMW at (806) 378-9032.

●PARD will maintain operations with current augmented protective measures. Park reservations/rentals will be allowed at 50 percent capacity. Restrooms will remain closed with the exception of regional parks. Amenities such as tennis courts, volleyball courts, etc. will be open. Athletic field rentals and leagues/tournaments at secured sites are allowed following state guidelines. Leagues/tournaments at unsecured sites and indoor facilities require departmental approval. Aquatic facilities for general usage and rentals/reservations will be at 50 percent capacity. Golf amenities will be at 50 percent capacity. The Amarillo Zoo will be open for general usage at 50 percent capacity. All special events will require approval of the COA Environmental Health Department. For more information call (806) 378-3036.

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