GALLERY: Katy-area community slows down during COVID-19 outbreak

Katy Mills mall is deserted during a rainstorm April 4. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
Katy Mills mall is deserted during a rainstorm April 4. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

Katy Mills mall is deserted during a rainstorm April 4. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

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A strip mall of restaurants on Mercantile Parkway in the Katy area has no cars in the parking lot. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Malcolm E. Beckendorrf Family Park has caution tape around its playground to ensure children do not go on the slides and swings. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Cinemark at 1030 W. Grand Parkway N., Katy, is temporarily closed during the coronavirus pandemic, and its parking lot is empty. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Customers wait outside the Sam's Club at 20424 Katy Freeway, Katy, as the location enforces social distancing inside the store April 4. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Texadelphia at 1321 N. Westgreen Blvd., Ste. 500, Katy, advertises its takeout options during the stay-at-home orders, which temporarily mandated that restaurants no longer serve dine-in customers. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Restaurants at The Gardens at Westgreen shopping center advertise their business while offering pickup orders. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Kohl's at 1200 Fry Road, Houston, locked its doors April 4 before the Easter holiday due to stay-at-home orders. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Texas Roadhouse, at 20840 Katy Freeway, Katy, put together a number system for pickup orders. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Signage at Cornelius Nursery at 1403 Westborough Drive, Katy, states it is still open for customers. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A banner at Newk's Eatry, located 20802 Katy Freeway, Katy, lets residents know the restaurant is ready for delivery and curbside ordering. The brand announced April 13 it would begin selling grocery items and meal kits, too. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Hunan Kitchen and Shogun created handmade and printed signs, respectively, to communicate to customers their to-go, delivery and discount options. However, Cowboy Chicken, which is located in the same strip center, was temporarily closed during the coronavirus as of April 4. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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JCPenney at 23523 Grand Circle Blvd., Katy, is surrounded by empty parking spaces. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Health care providers are testing for COVID-19 at the Katy ISD Legacy Stadium. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Katy ISD buses line the Legacy Stadium parking lot where patients can get tested for the coronavirus. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Spring Creek Barbeque lets residents know it is not temporarily closed during the coronavirus pandemic on April 4. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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MKT Distillery co-owner Nici Jessett takes an order from a drive-thru customer. The distillery, located at 5373 First St., is also giving away free sanitizer to residents, local organizations, first responders and businesses in need. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Katy Fire Department urges residents to make safe choices during the coronavirus pandemic. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
With stay-at-home orders in place, the Katy area was at a standstill in early April.

No children played at a local playground, department stores were boarded up, and movie theater parking lots were empty. Meanwhile, restaurants touted their delivery, to-go and pickup options for meals on handmade and printed signs.


However, activity could be found at grocery stores and the drive-thru coronavirus testing site at Katy ISD's Legacy Stadium.

Check out the gallery above of the Katy-area coronavirus slowdown. Do you have a photo you would like to share with the community on how you, your family and friends or your business is coping with COVID-19? Send them to [email protected].