McKinney repeals public health ordinance at special meeting

McKinney repealed one of its ordinances regarding public health in order to better recognize Gov. Greg Abbott's authority. (Cassidy Ritter/Community Impact Newspaper)
McKinney repealed one of its ordinances regarding public health in order to better recognize Gov. Greg Abbott's authority. (Cassidy Ritter/Community Impact Newspaper)

McKinney repealed one of its ordinances regarding public health in order to better recognize Gov. Greg Abbott's authority. (Cassidy Ritter/Community Impact Newspaper)

Before Tuesday’s McKinney City Council work session, a specially called council meeting was briefly held to repeal a city ordinance regarding city initiatives to promote public health.

Ordinance 2020-04-31 was enacted in April. It extended Mayor George Fuller’s disaster declarations and incorporated executive orders by Gov. Greg Abbott concerning COVID-19. The ordinance allowed the city to “take any actions necessary to promote health and suppress the virus and insuring compliance for those who do not comply with the City’s rules.” This included a mandatory face covering policy for McKinney businesses.

However, “some confusion has been voiced by residents concerning the possibility of conflicts” between the city ordinance and state ordinances that have since been passed by Abbott, city documents stated.

Fuller said the move to repeal the ordinance represents McKinney following suit with other cities in the region.

"Nearly every city in North Texas has rescinded their local ordinances once the governor took control," he said. "We are trying to have greater consistency in the region."


Council Member Charlie Philips added that the McKinney ordinance is an add-on to the governor's order and "does cause confusion as to where the chain of command lies."

As a result, the city decided to repeal Ordinance 2020-04-31 in its entirety “to provide uniform regulations and enforcement in response to the COVID-19 virus,” per city documents.

Fuller made a point, however, that Abbott's order regarding mandatory face masks in places where social distancing is not possible is still in effect.
By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.



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