The City of Bryan has declared a state of emergency that is in effect as of midnight, Wednesday night.
Mayor Carrie Schlade issued the declaration Wednesday afternoon.
In addition to potentially allowing the city to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency dollars should it need assistance with regards to COVID-19, the declaration also closes all city of Bryan government buildings to the public, with the exception of Bryan Municipal Court proceedings and probation.
The declaration also clarifies city government procedures with regards to “essential” and “non-essential” work and staffing during the ongoing pandemic.
For instance, Schlade said, “We have an understanding of who is essential during a Level 3 snow emergency … In this pandemic, different people are essential and unessential.”
The mayor said city departments have been working flexibly to adhere to state orders and recommendations regarding social distancing while still providing essential services and being good stewards of taxpayers’ dollars.
The declaration also suspends the city’s monthly big trash collection until the emergency status is lifted.