Cities in Collin County including Plano and McKinney have joined a regional initiative to slow the spread of the coronavirus by shutting down on-site consumption at bars and restaurants, and limit their operations to drive-through and take-out.
McKinney was the first Collin County city to enact restrictions. Plano followed suit: At a March 17 meeting, Plano's city council voted to place the same limits.
The council also closed food courts, movie theaters, and gyms.
Plano's restrictions begin on Wednesday, March 18, at 5 pm. The restrictions are in place until at least March 27.
The city of Allen followed suit on March 18 by limiting restaurants to take-out, delivery, drive-in or drive-through service only, with a recommendation that gatherings be limited in accordance with guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is currently 10 people or less.
Both McKinney and Plano had initially taken the same half-measure as Fort Worth, by allowing bars and restaurants to remain open but to limit their occupancy to 50 percent.
But after taking that step on March 16, Fort Worth quickly doubled down one day later by shutting down on-site consumption entirely.
Collin County is not following the example of Dallas County, where Judge Clay Jenkins enacted county-wide restrictions. "We don't have such plans," said a Collin County spokesperson. "The cities are issuing their own directives."