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    Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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    Governor’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

    Dec. 28, 2020: COVID-19 hospitalizations reduce occupancy limits in Brazos County

    New restrictions are taking effect in Brazos County and other Brazos Valley counties on Dec. 28, after seven consecutive days of rising COVID-19 hospitalizations. Bars must close, elective surgeries may need to be rescheduled, and many businesses must reduce their occupancy to 50% as outlined in State Executive Orders GA 31 and GA 32

    How does this impact Bryan?

    • Bars: Any establishment that has more than 51% of gross receipts from the sale of alcohol must close to in-person dining. Drive-through, pickup and delivery options for food and drinks are allowed to the extend provided by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
    • Other businesses: Any business establishment that otherwise would have a 75% occupancy limit must operate at up to only 50%.
    • Surgeries: Elective surgeries, as defined in Executive Order GA-31, must reschedule unless they “would not deplete any hospital capacity needed to cope with the COVID-19 disaster.”

    The following activities/services are NOT impacted by these occupancy changes:

    What changed?
    The Executive Order to reopen bars and increase occupancy limits, signed by Governor Greg Abbott in October, contained an important exception. If COVID-19 hospitalizations reached certain levels in local trauma service areas (TSAs), restrictions in those areas would increase once again. Restrictions are triggered when a local TSA has seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients exceeds 15% of total hospital capacity. Bryan is located in TSA N, which includes Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson and Washington Counties. COVID-19 hospitalization rates in TSA N first crossed the 15% mark on Dec. 22. Dec. 28 marked the seventh consecutive day above the 15% threshold in TSA N.

    How long will these additional restrictions last?
    Restrictions will be eased when TSA N reaches seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity is below 15%.

    More information

    Gov. Abbott’s previous executive orders

    July 2, 2020: Gov. Abbott issues statewide mask requirements, fines for violations

    Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Thursday, July 2, 2020, requiring all Texans living in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth while inside a business or other building open to the public, as well as outdoor public spaces, whenever social distancing is not possible. The order is effective as of 12:01 p.m. Friday, July 3, 2020.

    The order does have several exceptions including children who are younger than 10 years old, people who have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask, people who are eating or drinking and people who are exercising outdoors.

    First-time offenders of the order will receive a written or verbal warning. Those who violate the order a second time will receive a fine of up to $250. Every subsequent violation is punishable also by a fine of up to $250. The order specifics that no one can get jail time for a violation.

    The order also limits certain outdoor gatherings of 10 or more people unless approved by local governments.

    June 26, 2020: Bars ordered to close again, restaurants remain open at 50% capacity

    Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. This decision comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations have increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%.

    Included in the June 26 order:

    • All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
    • Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.
    • Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
    • Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.

    May 18, 2020

    Gov. Greg Abbott announced that child care facilities, massage and personal care services, youth clubs and youth sports may immediately reopen; that restaurants may open with 50% capacity immediately; that bars, bowling alleys, bingo halls, skating rinks, zoos and aquariums may reopen on May 22, 2020 with 25% capacity; that youth camps and professional sports may reopen effective May 31.

    May 5, 2020

    Gov. Greg Abbott modified his executive order, GA-18, on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, pertaining to the process of reopening businesses and the economy in Texas. The governor announced that barber shops, hair salons, nail salons and tanning salons would be allowed to open on Friday, May 8, while gyms and some other businesses would be allowed to open at 25% capacity on May 18.

    April 27, 2020

    Gov. Greg Abbott issued three executive orders, GA-18, GA-19 and GA-20, on April 27, 2020, pertaining to the process of reopening businesses and the economy in Texas. The governor announced that he would be letting his stay-at-home order expire as scheduled at 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020. The plan for reopening the state will launch in phases with the first phase beginning on May 1, 2020. Phase 1 allows certain businesses to open at 25% capacity.

    April 17, 2020

    Gov. Greg Abbott issued three executive orders, GA-15, GA-16 and GA-17, on April 17, 2020, pertaining to the process of beginning to reopen businesses and the economy in Texas. The Texas Department of State Health Services also issued guidance for employers, employees and customers of reopened retail services.

    March 31, 2020

    Gov. Greg Abbott issued executive order GA-14 on March 31, 2020, pertaining to social distancing, minimizing social gatherings and in-person contact, and what classifies as essential services and activities in Texas. This order will run through April 30, 2020.

    Mayoral Order Regarding Face Coverings

    On June 26, Mayor Andrew Nelson signed an emergency order requiring that all businesses implement a policy requiring face coverings and social distancing protocols inside Bryan businesses. The order will be in effect starting at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30 and will remain in effect until rescinded.

    How This Affects You

    • This order applies to all commercial entities whether they have public contact or not.
    • In all commercial establishments, employees, patrons, and visitors age 10 and older must use all reasonable efforts to comply with the face covering and social distancing protocols.
    • In public places, people age 10 and older must use all reasonable efforts to social distance and to wear a face covering where social distancing is difficult.
    • An adopted Health and Safety Policy must be posted in a conspicuous location.

    Sample Health and Safety Policies and Signage

    Exceptions to the Order

    • Exercising outside or engaging in physical activity outside.
    • Driving alone or with passengers who are part of the same household as the driver.
    • When doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety, or security risk.
    • While operating outdoor equipment.
    • While in a building or activity that requires security surveillance or screening such as a bank.
    • When eating and drinking

    Read the full order

    All local orders and declarations issued

  • If residents have any questions about these orders, they can call (979) 209-5100 and speak to a representative who can assist them.
  • Operation Restart

    operation restart iconBryan, College Station and the Brazos County Health District are teaming up to safely, quickly and effectively restart the local economy, without overwhelming local healthcare infrastructure.

    Based upon current guidelines provided by federal and state governments for the opening of America and the State of Texas, the Operation Restart Task Force is creating a Pandemic Ready Business Program that will help consumers feel safer and will lower the spread of COVID‐19 by utilizing and communicating the best practices for social distancing within local businesses.

    Small Business Support and Recovery

    Amid the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to provide our local small-business owners with a one-stop-shop where you can learn about and apply for federal, state, and local financial support and recovery programs.

    City of Bryan Facilities are Open (Updated 11-23-2020)

    Most City of Bryan buildings and services are open to the public. Members of the public are still encouraged to continue conducting business with the city remotely, where possible.

    All visitors to city buildings will be asked to continue practicing social distancing of at least 6 feet and safe hygiene. Additionally, all visitors will be asked to complete a questionnaire before being allowed to access city facilities.

    What’s Open?

    Municipal Office Building

    • The building is open to the public for in-person services, including Development Services.
    • The city’s Vital Statistics office is open to in-person visits. Residents can also continue to conduct business online or by phone at 979.209.5007.
    • Fiscal Services is accepting in-person payments at this time. Anyone needing to make a payment can also do so over the phone by calling 979.209.5080.

    Municipal Court

    • The Municipal Court building is open to the public. Anyone with questions before then should call 979.209.5400. Remote payment options remain in effect.

    Animal Center

    • The Bryan Animal Center is open by appointment only. Please call 979.209.5260 to make an appointment. The animal center is open Tuesday-Friday from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. for appointments.

    Coulter Airfield

    • Coulter Airfield is open.

    Police Department

    • The Police Department’s lobby is open to the public. This includes records with the exception of fingerprinting.

    Public Works

    • The Municipal Services Center is open to the public. Residents are encouraged to continue using the Public Works Call Center at 979.209.5900 to report issues.

    Parks and Recreation

    • The Parks and Recreation offices are open to the public.
    • Registration is available online or via phone by calling 979.209.5528.
    • The Cemetery office is open to the public.
    • The Bryan Aquatic Center is open for lap swimming. | View the new regulations
    • Bryan Tennis Center is open.
    • Neal Rec Center is open.

    What’s Still Closed?

    BTU Office

    • The BTU lobby will remain closed to the public until further notice. In addition to the 24-hour payment kiosk, BTU’s drive-through remains open for normal business hours.

      BTU staff are closely monitoring the situation and will reassess processes as appropriate. BTU would like to assure our customers that we have a detailed plan to continue providing safe and reliable energy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Fire Department

    • All fire stations will remain closed to the public until further notice.

    Parks and Recreation

    • Pavilions are not being rented at this time.

    Events and Programs

    The City of Bryan provides a number of programs, activities and events to members of the community. If programs or events are canceled, they will be listed here.

    Current cancellations are as follows:

    To assist us in ensuring our programs are safe for everyone, we ask that anyone who has been sick refrain from participating in our programs and events. City staff reserve the right to ask anyone who could place others at risk of becoming ill to leave at any time.

    Child Care Facilities

    Texas Health and Human Services is providing updated guidance to the almost 17,000 regulated child care operations throughout the state – including new screening requirements for staff and visitors – as the agency continues to closely monitor the evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

    Community Assistance

    Here are some options if you’re in need of advice or assistance during this uncertain time period.

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    Call 2-1-1 for questions about COVID-19

    2-1-1 Texas has trained professionals available to answer your questions about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and local relief efforts. Call 2-1-1 and select option No. 6.

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    Brazos Valley Council of Governments

    The Brazos Valley Council of Governments (BVCOG) has several pieces of information on the coronavirus (COVID-19), including information for employers about unemployment insurance related to the pandemic.

    CDC Guidance on Wearing Masks in Public

    cdc face mask imageThe CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, like grocery stores and pharmacies, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

    The cloth face coverings recommended are NOT SURGICAL MASKS OR N-95 RESPIRATORS. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

    The CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measures.

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    Health Resources

    The City of Bryan is following the guidance of health professionals, including the CDC, Texas Health & Human Services, Brazos County Health Department and other appropriate agencies, in regards to the coronavirus.

    For information about COVID-19, including steps to prevent illness, symptoms and what to do if you are sick, please visit:

    Coronavirus updates from the City of Bryan

    Cities announce new funding opportunity for local businesses
    July 14, 2020

    Cities announce new funding opportunity for local businesses

    As the effects of COVID-19 continue to impact our community, the cities of Bryan and College Station once again are joining forces to make funding available to qualifying local businesses.

    Posted in: Articles, Coronavirus
    Masks available to businesses participating in Operation Restart
    June 30, 2020

    Masks available to businesses participating in Operation Restart

    Operation Restart is now providing face masks to ensure that participating businesses and their customers have every tool possible to contain the spread of COVID-19.

    Posted in: Articles, Coronavirus
    COVID-19 assistance available for small businesses and residential tenants
    June 10, 2020

    COVID-19 assistance available for small businesses and residential tenants

    Applications are now open for two assistance programs aimed at helping Bryan small businesses and Bryan residents who rent and were negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    New COVID-19 assistance programs available soon
    May 26, 2020

    New COVID-19 assistance programs available soon

    Several new assistance programs will soon be available through the City of Bryan’s Community Development Department to help individuals and businesses with COVID-19 relief.

    How has COVID-19 Impacted Your Small Business? Take Our Survey and Let Us Know
    May 12, 2020

    How has COVID-19 Impacted Your Small Business? Take Our Survey and Let Us Know

    The City of Bryan is collecting information regarding economic impacts to our small businesses (under 500 employees) as a result of the coronavirus. Your responses are very important. They will be used to help guide city in preparation of a small business recovery plan.

    Posted in: Articles, Coronavirus
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