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.
The 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:
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order is in effect statewide until 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020 and is subject to being extended, modified, amended, rescinded or superseded.