Frisco declares local state of disaster to contain coronavirus spread

Frisco City Hall
Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney declared a local state of disaster for a public health emergency March 16. (Elizabeth Ucles/Community Impact Newspaper)

Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney declared a local state of disaster for a public health emergency March 16. (Elizabeth Ucles/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Frisco is under a local state of disaster for a public health emergency to contain the spread of coronavirus following a declaration by Mayor Jeff Cheney.

This comes after Collin County declared a state of disaster and public health emergency March 16 via a proclamation from Collin County Judge Chris Hill.

In that proclamation, Hill recommended all public gatherings over 50 people be canceled or postponed.

In an effort to contain the spread of the virus in Frisco, the following changes will go into effect March 16 at 5 p.m., according to a March 16 release by the city:

  • The City of Frisco Emergency Operations Center will operate during normal business hours.

  • The Frisco Athletic Center will be closed through March 27.

  • The Grove at Frisco Commons will be closed through April 13, but the meal program will continue for members in need. Online classes and programs will be available.

  • City parks and recreation facilities will be closed through March 27, but parks and trails will remain open.

  • Practice and play for all city-run sports leagues, including youth organizations, will be suspended through March 27.

  • All city-sponsored special events will be suspended through March 27.

  • The Frisco Public Library will be closed through March 27, but the drive-thru pick up will remain open. Online services will be available.

  • All city board and commission meetings will be postponed until May, with the exceptions of Frisco City Council, Planning & Zoning, the Frisco Economic and Community Development Corporation boards and any other meetings required by law.

  • Citizens are encouraged to watch city council meetings online and submit comments on agenda items electronically to Frisco City Secretary Kristi Morrow at

  • All special event applications and facility rentals will be offered refunds of deposits and fees.

  • Utility billing will stay open.

  • Frisco Municipal Court will remain open to the public during normal business hours, and all dockets will proceed as scheduled. Those feeling ill or concerned about exposure can reschedule court dates by coming to court in person by April 10.

Neighboring cities McKinney and Plano have declared similar public health emergency declarations.

“Emergency declarations at the national, state and county levels are unprecedented, and Frisco is doing our part to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. But we can’t do this alone,” Mayor Cheney said in the release. “Because this health crisis is dynamic, changing daily, our plans will likely evolve, too, so we need your help. For some, tensions and anxiety may be high. So please, practice calm and kindness during this extraordinary time, and we will get through this together.”
By Elizabeth Ucles
Elizabeth is the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Frisco edition. She graduated from St. Edward's University with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric with a journalism concentration and a minor in Spanish in May 2019. Elizabeth covers public and higher education, development and transportation.


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