On March 19, 2020 Mayor Milton Tate signed a Mayoral Declaration of Local Disaster Due to Public Health Emergency. This state of emergency is due to the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, a novel coronavirus. The Mayor's declaration follows the declaration of a global pandemic by the World Health Organization and Governor Greg Abbott's proclamation on March 13, 2020 declaring a state of disaster for all Texas counties in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This state of public health emergency shall continue for seven days, but may be continued or renewed by consent of the City Council of the City of Brenham.
Notable in the declaration is that Section 7 limits the size of gatherings in the City of Brenham to not more than ten people and mandates cancellation of all such gatherings with ten or more persons until further notice. The definition of "gathering" is a scheduled event or common endeavor where ten or more persons are present, indoor or outdoor, public or private, in a confined space, room, or area.
The full declaration may be downloaded below.