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Brazos County creates task force to help with the restart after COVID-19

Posted at 6:01 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 19:01:11-04

BRAZOS COUNTY, TX — As the community transitions to recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, Bryan, College Station, Brazos County and the Brazos County Health District have formed the BCS Operation Restart Task Force.

Local businesses are itching to get back to work after weeks of having to close their doors. From the moment the coronavirus started impacting lives, Brazos County officials started organizing the operation restart task force.

“The goal is to be ready to go and open up business, non essential businesses, in the Brazos Valley once the Governor says it’s okay to do it,” says Nancy Berry, Brazos County Commissioner & Task Force Member.

And while business owners wait for the okay to get back to work, the task force is making sure businesses will be ready to re-open.

"The objective of the task force is to make sure each business is ready to go following all the health and safety guidelines,” Berry said.

A dialogue with local businesses is underway as they formulate their pandemic ready programs.

“There's a community task force that's probably got 60 or 70 people on representing local businesses.”

One business owner on that task force is House of Tires Owner Bobby Gutierrez.

“Trying to make sure we have one central place that businesses can look towards to make sure we are all doing the right thing," explains Gutierrez. "The quicker we can get done the quicker we can get these businesses up and going."

As a long time business owner, Gutierrez applauds local officials planning and readiness to set forth a plan to reopen the Brazos Valley.

"They’ve been talking about it before we actually went into shelter in place. It just kind of became a natural thing we are two cities one community.”