Darren Doyle, story:
Brownsville Mayor Jerry Meredith has announced a state of emergency for the Brownsville city limits and has ordered a closing of city hall to the public.
"We are following suit with all other government agencies in order to help keep the spread of virus to a minimum," he said.
He said the same precautions are being taken by city employees as county offices announced earlier today.
"We are asking our residents to follow all the federal, state, and other government guidelines during this time. Our police and fire department are still available to respond to emergencies, and you can call 911 for that, 24 hours a day."
The Mayor also wanted to remind city public-facing businesses that have been ordered closed indefinitely as by the order of the governor.
Gyms, community centers, theaters, salons, nail salons, spas, entertainment venues and sporting event facilities must close by 5 p.m. Wednesday, the governor said during a press conference. Exceptions to these businesses are those like grocery stores, pharmacies, trash collection, auto repair, health care facilities, retail, home repair, hardware and supply stores, post offices, insurance offices, banks, gas stations, laundromats, and vet clinics.
"We will be enforcing this in the city," said the Mayor.