Daily Business Bulletin – April 2, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates every weekday as the Daily Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

April 2, 2020

City of Plano Town Hall

Join us for a virtual Town Hall focusing on COVID-19 Thursday, April 2 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Participate in 3 ways:

Watch Town Hall live here on the City of Plano Facebook page.

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Message from the City of Plano 

Update on the Governor’s Order and Essential vs Non-Essential:
The COVID-19 crisis is ever-evolving. In just three weeks, it’s brought tremendous change and uncertainty. We understand it’s been challenging to deal with rapidly-changing information and instructions.

The City of Plano believes simplicity and clarity are important during crisis situations. On Wednesday, Governor Abbott provided guidance for all Texans regarding what is and is not an essential service. The City believes the Governor’s list is the simplest and clearest way for our residents and businesses to know what they should or should not do.

The Governor’s instructions are clear. All Texans are to STAY HOME. The only time you should leave home is when you are performing or obtaining essential services.

What are essential services?
For specifics, the City of Plano is using the Governor’s list to define what is and is not essential: tinyurl.com/u8j94wo

However, you can start to think through what is and is not essential by asking yourself a simple question: Is this a need or a want?

  • A need is something that is necessary for health and life safety – food, medication or urgent medical care, home repairs, work that is essential and cannot be performed from home, and so on.
  • A want is something we’d like to do, but isn’t a basic necessity and can be delayed to a later date.

In addition to businesses the City of Plano has already closed, the Governor specifically listed services that are not essential:

  • Cosmetology Salons
  • Massage Establishments
  • Tattoo Studios
  • Piercing Studios

Two items the Governor included in his list of essentials are:
– Religious services
– Experiencing the great outdoors, alone or with people living within your household.

With anything the Governor has indicated is essential, you should practice good hygiene, environmental cleanliness and sanitation, and implement social distancing with people who are not in the same household.

This evening, we will post an updated list of FAQs to our website share.plano.gov/COVID-19Update addressing the more detailed questions you have asked us about business types, what to do if your business isn’t on the essential list, and how we will manage the guidelines of the Governor’s Executive Order.

We’re in this together, Plano.

Governor’s Executive Order: tinyurl.com/u9nw6l5