McGrail recognized the strain recent restrictions, due to Tarrant County’s stay-at-home order, have put on residents, but it is not entirely doom and gloom, he said.
McGrail pointed to support of local businesses in the city’s Keep Calm and Carry Out contest, as well as sidewalk art, Christmas lights and other messages of hope around town.
“We are seeing incredible creativity from our restaurants and retailers right now,” McGrail said. “Some are offering services they never have before to keep serving you and keep you entertained at home.”
The mayor also noted the hard work of city and Keller ISD officials to keep public services running smoothly and thanked parents for keeping students engaged in virtual learning.
Library staff have also been diligently working online and by phone to provide residents with library cards and resources, he said. In addition, the senior center continues to coordinate donations for vulnerable residents in the community, and permits, inspections, and fire and police services will remain functioning, McGrail said.
The most important thing to do is to stay home, and if residents must go out they should practice social distancing, he said. The stay-at-home order will only be effective if each of us continue to follow it, he said.
"This is all a balance of life, safety and livelihood, but the harder we work now to stop this virus from spreading in North Texas the sooner things can get back to normal,” McGrail said. “I believe in the innovation and integrity of this community; I believe in our passion to serve one another; and I believe in our ability to get through anything.”