Stay @ Home mandates extended through April 30
For the past two weeks, all residents of The Colony have been under a series of "Stay at Home" orders and local disaster declarations issued by Gov. Greg Abbott, Denton County Judge Andy Eads, and The Colony City Council, all of which are meant to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in communities throughout North Texas and the state. Current orders are in effect until at least April 30. Accordingly:
- Residents are encouraged to stay home unless conducting essential activities;
- Businesses that are deemed "non-essential" by definition of the orders must close temporarily. Essential businesses remaining in operation must comply with social-distancing for both employees and the public.
At the beginning of Tuesday night's regular City Council meeting
, Mayor Joe McCourry reminded the community that these stay-home orders are mandatory, but he also reminded residents they are not locked in their homes. "Take care of your essential activities. Take a walk. Take your kids for a walk. Just remember that as you pass others on the sidewalk, keep that six-foot distance," he said.
Mayor McCourry expressed pride in how responsive the community has been regarding compliance with the orders. "I want to say how proud I am of all our residents who are following the orders ... to stay home and be safe in your homes. Everybody should be proud," he said. "Do your part, as you have done. It will keep you safe, and keep all of us safe."
McCourry stressed that if you feel symptoms and/or suspect you might be sick, call your doctor first and seek advice on testing. He also wanted residents to know that there is no at-home test for COVID-19 currently approved by the FDA.
For more information about the city's response to COVID-19, including a listing of facility closures, timelines, city service information, links to health-related resources and guidance, and much more, visit our website: www.TheColonyTx.gov/covid19