College Station Mayor Karl Mooney and Bryan Mayor Andrew Nelson have declared states of disaster in response to the coronavirus.
The declarations authorize the furnishing of aid and assistance and authorize each city to take any actions necessary to promote health and suppress COVID-19. This includes quarantining people and buildings, examining and regulating hospitals, regulating movement in and out of the city, establishing quarantine stations and emergency hospitals and ensuring compliance with these regulations.
The disaster declarations also recommends the size gatherings of all public and private events not to be more than 10 people until further notice.
The declarations take effect immediately and will continue for seven days, but can e renewed by each city's respective City Council.
The City of College Station will close its facilities to the public to further reduce health risks to employees and to the public. The closures will take effect at 3 p.m. on March 17.
City employees who are able to telecommute will do so .
The City of Bryan will close its facilities, with the exception of the Municipal Office Building (MOB) and BTU, at 3 p.m. on March 17. BTU's offices will close at 5 p.m. The Municipal Office Buidling will close after the Bryan City Council meeting.
The protocol will continue through March 31, then be reevaluated.
Essential city services in both cities will continue.