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Posted on: March 19, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Penn Releases Statement Concerning COVID-19 and State Executive Order

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Earlier today, Governor Greg Abbott announced an executive order aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus. The executive order also limits social gathering to 10 people, prohibit eating and drinking at restaurants and bars while allowing takeout, closes gyms, ban people from visiting nursing homes except for critical care and temporarily closes schools.  The executive order will be effective midnight Friday through midnight April 3.

In addition to these limitations set by the executive order, the City of Forney will be closing all parks effective at 8 a.m. on Friday. The parks will remain closed until further notice. These decisions are extremely difficult because of the effects they will have on small businesses in our City; however, they are needed to stop the ongoing spread of the virus.

Finally, I would like everyone to know that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has information for those in search of guidance on what to do and how to prepare for coronavirus. For more information about the CDC, please visit

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