Rosenberg City Council member Kevin Raines said the citizens deserve a treat. So when it comes to the Family Fourth Celebration, he’s all in favor of making sure it happens.

At Tuesday’s Rosenberg City Council workshop meeting, council members agreed to move forward with the celebration.

Parks and Recreation Director Darren McCarthy suggested the city hold the event sans activities, meaning no food trucks, vendors or activities for kids. This is to help enforce social distancing.

“We can do it safely,” Raines responded. “It’s something the people need. We’ve been in lock-down so long. It will be a good gesture.

“It’ll be in July. The weather’s better, health is improving. I think we’ll be OK to have it.”

Mayor Bill Benton agreed.

“I would like to have the event,” he said. “I’d like to have everybody together and have a good time and have a real big party.

“However, I don’t want the rug pulled out from under us and people get sick.”

According to McCarthy, the city could limit its liability, ensure not being in conflict with state guidelines for social distancing at the park, and not take any risks with the safety of attendees while still having the fireworks show that is under contract.

Under this plan, residents and visitors could park at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds to view the fireworks show.

“We want people to know we’re having it,” Benton declared. “It looks like we’re going to proceed with caution with the event.

“I think the main thing we need to do is let folks know to please keep away from each other. Don’t congregate. We’ll give it a shot.”

The rest of council concurred.

The next regular Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held June 2.

Citizens will be allowed to attend council meetings, but must first be screened for symptoms associated with COVID-19, including a temperature check; and must wear a protective mask while in Rosenberg City Hall.

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