Open Frisco, Open Texas
On May 19, the Frisco City Council amended its emergency ordinance to align with Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order and The Governor’s Report to ’Open Texas’. All essential businesses remain open under the operating guidelines previously provided by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
"At a glance" guides for your convenience:
- Open Frisco at a glance (May 19, 2020)
- Frisco Facilities at a glance (May 19, 2020)
- Office, Manufacturers Reopenings (May 15, 2020)
- Retail To-Go at a glance - effective April 24
Governor Abbott’s Executive Order allows the following services and activities to open under Phase II:
*A state recommended ’checklist’ is provided for each business type, as well as a ’checklist’ for patrons. For the Latest updates to these ’checklists’ please visit the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas webpage.
Opened May 22
Child play areas, interactive games, and video arcades must remain closed for May 22 business openings.
Bars (New, effective May 22)
Restaurants - up to 50% capacity (updated, effective May 22)
Bowling Alleys, Bingo Halls, Simulcasting, Skating Rinks (New, effective May 22)
- Bowling Alleys, Bingo Halls, Simulcasting, Skating Rinks
- Bowling, Bingo, Simulcasting, Skating Customers
Rodeo / Equestrian Events (New, effective May 22)
Zoos, Aquariums, Natural Caverns (New, effective May 22)
Others (New, effective May 22)
- Drive-in concerts
- Amateur sports events
- Frisco Athletic Center opened May 18 (modified hours, 25% capacity and new preregistration for FAC Workouts)
- Walkup access beginning May 20:
- Ready to PLAY? Opening on May 22 are City of Frisco playgrounds!
Does My Business Qualify?
Use this City of Frisco tool to calculate 25% of your business capacity.
Enter your business name or address and hit ‘return’. The tool will show your approved maximum occupancy and calculate your 25% capacity. You’ll also find a color-coded column signaling whether you can ‘open’ under Phase I of the ‘Open Texas’ plan. Similar to a traffic signal, ‘Green’ means ‘Yes, you can open’. ‘Red’ means ‘No, you cannot open yet’ and ‘Yellow’ means ‘Slow down and call us.’
Need help? Call 972-292-6495 or email OpenFrisco@FriscoTexas.gov
If your business is listed but does not return an occupancy or you believe the occupancy is incorrect, you may submit a request for Maximum Occupancy Determination or Appeal to the Building Inspections Division for consideration by emailing the attached for to the email address above. Maximum Occupant Load Determination Form (PDF)
Expedited Permitting Process
We are excited there is movement toward opening Texas businesses back up in a phased and safe manner. We’re providing information to assist businesses preparing to open as soon as possible after restrictions are lifted.
While the documents do not change any current emergency ordinance provisions in place, the documents do provide information about an expedited process for any permitting businesses that may need to re-open or continue to operate on a limited-service basis. Please feel free to contact us by email or phone (listed in the documents) with any questions. We look forward to assisting you!
Resources for Small Businesses
- Learn more from the Frisco Economic Development Corporation’s resource page.
- Update on US Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
- Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
- Texas Workforce Commission resources for Employers
- DSHS Guidance for Employers, Employees, and Customers of Reopened Retail Services
- CDC Resources for Businesses and Employers
Resources for Texas Workers
- Unemployment: The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) encourages you to apply for benefits by utilizing the online claim portal, or by calling the Tele-Center at 1-800-939-6631 any day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. if you your employment.
- Job seekers: Visit TWC’s webpage or discover which businesses are hiring in our area by visiting WorkInTexas.com.
- Need training? For training or assistance in finding a job, job seekers can connect with local workforce and job resources including Workforce Solutions North Central Texas which serves our area.
Open Texas: Texans Helping Texans
- The Governor’s Report to Open Texas(Governor Greg Abbott, April 27, 2020)
- Governor’s Executive Order GA-18 (April 27, 2020) - Phase I
- Governor’s Executive Order GA-21 (May 5, 2020) - Phase I expansion
- Governor’s Executive Order GA-23 (May 18, 2020) - Phase II
On Monday, May 11, the Collin County Commissioners Court took the first steps to distribute direct financial assistance for housing, utilities, and groceries; increased COVID-19 testing; personal protective equipment; and, cities’ COVID-19 costs and recovery efforts. For more information, visit this webpage.
Denton County CARES:
(May 20, 2020) Denton County Commissioners unveiled their plans this week for $147 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund, the CARES Act that provided payments to states and local governments impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. See full Release