The City of Cleburne is prohibiting mass gatherings of more than 50 people to combat the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The limit, in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation, goes into effect on March 17. It will last through the city’s disaster declaration, which ends on March 30. It is a change to the existing 250-people limit, which went into effect on March 16. As of March 16, there are zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cleburne.
“I ask the community to understand that it takes all of us to do what we can to protect the health and wellness of fellow Cleburnites,” Mayor Cain said.
The CDC defines a mass gathering as a planned or spontaneous event with a large number of people in attendance that could strain the planning and response resources of the community hosting the event, such as a concert, festival, conference, weddings, church services, or other assemblies. More than fifty people in a building is allowable so long as they do not congregate in a single space and can practice the recommended 6’ personal buffer.
The regulation does not apply to day-to-day operations of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses.
Events that fit under 50 attendees should follow practices to protect vulnerable populations, encourage good hand hygiene, and social distancing, as outlined by the CDC.
City leadership, including the Mayor and City Council, has been working closely with community leaders in this communitywide effort to combat the pandemic in our home. Mayor Cain has visited with local grocers to understand how they are approaching the current challenges and to encourage the equitable sale and distribution of essential goods to customers so all people can have access to the items they need. Local grocers have expressed having adequate supplies if customers purchase only what they need, when they need it. Mayor Cain is asking the community to refrain from purchasing more groceries than each family normally needs.
The Mayor and city emergency management officials held a conference call with Cleburne church leaders today to work together and follow the regulations while promoting the health and wellbeing of the community both physically and spiritually. On the call attendees asked questions and shared actions they are taking.