McKinney Adopts Mandatory Face Mask Rule

The cities of McKinney and Plano are adopting measures that require people inside businesses to wear face masks.

The mayor of McKinney signed an executive order Monday evening, requiring businesses and non-profits to develop a plan Tuesday and put the plans into place by Wednesday, July 1.

"In addition to the utmost priority of health concern is economic concern," says McKinney Mayor George Fuller. "We, in the city, can do something to lead by example and try to curb the spread and not have more businesses shut down."

Fuller says businesses found in violation could be fined.

"Hopefully, though, what people will do is step up, take the precaution," he says.

Tuesday at 5:30, the Plano City Council has called an emergency meeting to enact a similar ordinance to McKinney. The city council will meet by video conference to require businesses to adopt a "health and safety policy."

The agenda item reads, in part, "The Health and Safety Policy must require, at a minimum, that all employees and visitors to the business entity’s premises or other facilities wear face coverings when in an area or performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to coworkers or the public where six feet of separation is not feasible."

The ordinance also encourages businesses' health and safety policy to include temperature checks and health screenings. Similar to McKinney's order, businesses could be fined if they do not require masks. The item on the Plano City Council agenda does not list an amount for the fine but says each day a business is in violation would be considered a separate offense.

Plano's ordinance would take effect immediately and does not have an end-date listed.

Through Monday, Collin County had confirmed 2,763 cases of COVID-19. Of those, 42 people had died, 2,078 were listed as recovered and 625 were active cases.