The City of Allen is daily contact with local, county and state officials to provide a rapid response to the growing threat of COVID-19. This includes many new or enhanced protocols to protect the safety of our citizens and employees.
On April 27, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced a phased approach to reopening Texas businesses. The changes will begin May 1, following the expiration of his statewide Executive Order on April 30.The City of Allen is assessing the speed at which it may safely reopen public facilities and will post updates to CityofAllen.org when plans are finalized.
Beginning on April 2, the City of Allen will begin enforcing a new Executive Order put in place by Governor Greg Abbott which includes clear definitions of essential businesses and directs all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household through April 30.
On Wednesday, March 25, Collin County reported more cases of COVID-19 in Allen for a total of eight cases to date. Cases are first announced by Collin County and updated at least twice each day at CityofAllen.org/Coronavirus with details provided by Collin County.
On Tuesday, March 24, Collin County reported another case of COVID-19 in Allen for a total of four cases to date. The latest Allen case is a 39-year-old woman who recently traveled within the U.S. She has no underlying health conditions and is isolating at home.
The City of Allen is dedicated to providing essential services while keeping your safety in mind. Effective Monday, March 23, most facilities will be closed in order to limit unnecessary physical contact as we work to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For this reason, all City services will be handled by phone, email, online and in-person by appointment only.
With council members spaced farther apart—and one joining via video call—Allen City Council extended its disaster declaration for public health emergency in response to the global pandemic of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at a public meeting on Thursday, March 19.The original declaration was signed by Allen Mayor Stephen Terrell on Monday, March 16 with an emergency order added on March 18. To continue the declaration, Allen City Council was required to extend it within 7 days.The declaration will last until terminated by the City Council.STATEWIDE RESTRICTIONS ALREADY IN PLACEThe declaration acknowledges the current restrictions put in place by Governor Greg Abbott. On Thursday morning he issued an executive order which goes into effect statewide at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 20. By order of the Governor:- Every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of 10 or more people.- People shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants and food courts or visiting gyms or massage parlors. The use of drive-thru, pickup or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged.-People shall not visit nursing homes or retirements or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.-Schools shall temporarily close.This executive order does not prohibit people from visiting a variety of places, including grocery stores, gas stations, parks and banks, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. This executive order does not mandate sheltering in place.All critical infrastructure will remain operational, domestic travel will remain unrestricted and government entities and businesses will continue providing essential services. For offices and workplaces that remain open, employees should practice good hygiene and, where feasible, work from home in order to achieve optimum isolation from COVID-19.This executive order is in effect statewide until 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020 and is subject to being extended, modified, amended, rescinded or superseded.
On Thursday, March 19, Collin County reported the first COVID-19 (Coronavirus) case in Allen, a 46-year-old man with an underlying health condition who is currently hospitalized. There have been 16 confirmed positive cases and one death associated with COVID-19 in Collin County.
To protect the health and safety of our citizens, the City of Allen amended the local disaster for public health emergency declaration that was initiated Monday, March 16 by issuing an Emergency Order to including additional regulations.1. This declaration hereby orders that a restaurant with or without drive-in or drive through services; drive-in restaurant; drive-through restaurant; or microbrewery, micro-distillery, or winery may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-in or drive- through services as allowed by law.2. This declaration hereby orders the closure of a bar, lounge, or tavern; theater; gym; and private club.3. It is recommended that gatherings be restricted throughout the City of Allen in accordance with guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).4. This emergency order goes into effect at 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020.5. A person who violates any provision of these regulations, upon conviction, is punishable by a fine of not less than $50 and not more than $2,000 for each offense.This order is effective through April 1, 2020.