COLLIN COUNTY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Residents in Collin County are being ordered to “stay at home” due to the continuing outbreak of coronavirus, the county judge announced Tuesday.

The order was issued by Judge Chris Hill Tuesday morning and he also made the announcement at a news conference with city mayors. The order goes into effect immediately and is expected to last at least seven days unless it is renewed.

The order reads: “All persons in Collin County are hereby ordered to stay home, except for travel related to essential activities. Entertainment activities are not considered essential activities.”

The “stay at home” order means that residents will only be allowed to leave their homes for “essential” means, which can include grocery shopping, seeking medical attention or going to jobs that are still open.

While the judge said he believes “all businesses, jobs and workers are essential to the financial health and well-being of our local economy…” those businesses that wish to stay open must abide by guidelines from the county and the state. This includes guidelines such as limiting gatherings to 10 or less people, staying six feet from one another and keeping with hygienic practices set by the CDC.

Hill also made it clear for those who have questions about whether the reason they are leaving the home is “essential.”

“If you are shopping for essential clothes that you need, then absolutely I would say that’s a valid reason. If you are shopping for the latest styles this spring, I would ask you to stay home,” Hill said.

Anyone who experiences COVID-19 symptoms are also ordered to stay home for at least 14 days unless they are leaving to get medical treatment. The 14-day period starts on the first day symptoms started appearing. Those with symptoms are also being told to stay at home for at least 72 hours without the use of medicine after those symptoms have improved.

This order is an extension of a disaster declaration that was already in effect for Collin County.

Collin County joins Dallas, Denton, Hunt, Rockwall and Tarrant counties in issuing “stay at home” orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Comments (20)
  1. Brittany says:

    I am in the process of moving into a new home. Does this order mean I am unable to move my stuff?

  2. seodfworg says:

    Thank you for taking the financial well being of the county into consideration and allowing businesses to stay open!

  3. Lawrence LaBee IV says:

    @Brittany It means you should be moving expeditiously, getting your essentials and everything moved in, but then staying put. I’d think that moving is an essential process, but that once you get everything sorted, that you’d be expected to stay at home from that point. Congrats on the new place! Stay safe!

    1. Brittany says:

      Thank you, and you as well.

  4. Amber says:

    Dallas County still allows for drive thru and delivery food service. However the state of Ohio does not concider food service essential and forced drive-thrus to remain closed while the state is under quarentine. Where does Collin County stand on drive-thru and delivery food service?

  5. Greg says:

    @Amber – Ohio DOES consider food service essential and IS allowing drive-thrus to stay open:, please do not spread mis-information.

  6. Melissa Addison says:

    What a weak order. Considering all businesses as essential is throwing employees of those businesses and their families to the wolves! Shame on Judge Hill and the commissioner who insisted this order be a paper reflection of what is necessary to save lives.

  7. Justin Wilkinson says:

    Question – Are running trails and parks open to the public at this time or does this close them?

  8. Analyn Urpi says:

    It is not very clear as far as folks being outside – cycling, running, walking outdoors. If someone is outside, can they still participate in those activities as long as they are keeping the social distance rule?

  9. Sharon adams says:

    Well without people there is no economy. Obviously Collin county values money more than people.

  10. Das says:

    We’re the only ones saying all businesses can remain open? Well, that’s it for public safety!

  11. Phillip Morgan says:

    This just goes to show that your government and many business don’t not care about you. In the end its all about the $$. People stop waiting for bushiness and your government to step in and protect you. You have to take care of your self! If you are in fear of the COVID, then you make the decision to stay home, stop being a slave to the system.

  12. denise says:

    If Gov. Abbott’s order considers a business to be non-essential then how can Collin County turn around and consider it essential. This order will not accomplish anything, and only gives non-essential businesses the go ahead to do business.

  13. Roberta Baker says:

    What a joke – stay at home order but business operates regular? Thanks for all the help in keeping COllin County citizens safe—-NOT

  14. Truman says:

    I am really confused! If I need to stay at home then who’s gonna work, and if our business is essential and need to remain open then who’s gonna stay at home?

  15. One of the gentlemen who spoke mentioned that a “select group” in Collin County had been tested for the virus, but that testing was not yet available to the general public. Please provide more details. Why a “select group” only? Who is in this group? I don’t have symptoms and no one in my household does, but why aren’t we hearing about testing locations for the general public in Collin County? Also, until the mayor of Frisco spoke, I found the press conference extremely confusing.

  16. Teri says:

    This is really a joke. I agree with Truman..can’t stay at home if your employer’s business is still open. This virus is multiplying daily and killing people of all ages. Unless we stay at home for several days and stop spreading it more will die – and what a torturous death. Why is Collin County the only one around us that does not care about its citizens lives? I am so blown away by this decision.

  17. Rockashellar says:

    Ok so what if you are in high risk group (65+ or other health issues listed). Does that 65 year old with diabetes and heart disease have to come to work. The boss told them they are essential business but the employee is high risk and has high risk people at home in family. What to do?

  18. Kathi says:

    I have questions! “No more than 10 people… 6′ distance apart.” At the grocery store today, there were about 150 people in one store. They had tape in the checkout line to show people what 6′ looks like, until you get up to the cashier. There, you are about 2′ from the cashier and have cash transactions, handling your bags, etc. Are the guidelines exempt in certain places? Like on airplanes?

  19. What about a COV-19 ill hotel resident being evicted from their Collin County hotel because they have COV-19 but not being a resident of the area have no place to go, not sick enough to go to hospital but sick enough to have COV-19 and need a place to be? Anyone know of options for that person?

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