Press conference

Brazos County Alternate Health Authority Dr. Seth Sullivan, Bryan Mayor Andrew Nelson, College Station Mayor Karl Mooney, sign language interpreter Sherri Roberts and Brazos County Judge Duane Peters attend a press conference Monday announcing a shelter-in-place order which will go into effect at 9 p.m. today.

Brazos County issued a shelter-in-place order on Monday. The order will go into effect tonight at 9 and last through April 7.

Here's what you need to know about Brazos County's shelter-in-place order:

What does shelter-in-place mean?

Residents of Brazos County, including Bryan and College Station, are ordered to stay at their place of residence. This is being done to limit the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing. This does not mean lockdown.

Can I leave my house?

Yes, but only for essential activities.

What are essential activities?

Essential activities are considered the following:

- Engaging in activities or perform tasks essential to health and safety, such as going to the doctor, dentist, hospital, pharmacy, veterinarian and others.

- Obtaining necessary services or supplies, such as going to the grocery store

- Engaging in outdoor activity while maintaining social distancing, such as walking, running, biking

- To perform work providing essential products and services

- To care for a family member or pet in another household.

What are essential businesses?

Essential business includes banks, gas stations, grocery stores, media services, laundromats, restaurants that provide pick-up options, child care facilities, schools and other places that provide food, religious services and more. 

Can I still get food at restaurants?

Yes. Restaurants are still permitted to be open and serve food, but only for delivery, drive-thru or to-go.

What happens if I don't follow this order?

Violating Brazos County's shelter-in-place order is a Class C misdemeanor and violators could be fined up to $1,000. 

How long will this last?

Brazos County's shelter-in-place order is in effect through April 7, but the order could be extended.

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