FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CITY ADOPTS PHASED PLAN FOR REOPENING THE CITY
Color-coded Plan Devised with Input from Williamson County and Cities Health District
TAYLOR, TEXAS – The City of Taylor has adopted a new phased-in plan for reopening the City, using mitigation guidance from the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD). The color-coded plan has four phases, ranging in severity from Uncontrolled Community Spread (Red) to Minimal Community Spread (Green). Each phase lessens restrictions with respect to social gatherings, municipal building openings, public meetings, and indoor and outdoor events. The plan will go into effect on Wednesday, September 9.
The City of Taylor has been in what would be considered an Orange status for the past several months, with tight restrictions on social gatherings, facility openings, and indoor and outdoor events. But on Tuesday, September 8, the City moved to the Yellow Phase, which allows for a modified opening of the Public Library, social gatherings of up to 25 people, and the opening of several park facilities that had previously been closed. In addition, this phase allows for events at city facilities with limited capacity if event organizers submit a safety plan acceptable to the City and follow UIL rules where applicable. If after 14 days the City does not continue meeting the mitigation criteria outlined in the plan for the Yellow Phase, all activities will revert back to the Orange Phase level.
Mayor Brandt Rydell said that this plan should help residents and event organizers as they make plans for social gatherings, public meetings, and events. “The COVID-19 pandemic has been a life-altering event around the world, and we understand that people are weary of having to cope with the effects of it. But the virus is still prevalent, and it is still affecting the most vulnerable among us, so we have to balance everyone’s desire to get back to some sense of normalcy with the health and safety of our community. We appreciate the guidance we have received from the Health District as we developed our plan for a phased reopening.”
The City will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation, and work with WCCHD and Williamson County to make decisions about how to move forward. To see the Phased Reopening Guidance and current information, please visit the City’s website, www.taylortx.gov and follow the City’s social media accounts. You can also find the current phase of reopening on the WCCHD website, wcchd.org/covid-19.
View the Guidance for Reopening of City of Taylor Facilities and Events