For the first time in a year, Rosenberg City Council meetings may be held in person again.

At Tuesday’s Zoom teleconference meeting, Mayor Bill Benton spoke in response to Gov. Greg Abbott’s plans to open Texas fully and remove the mask mandate.

“It is my intention that as long as the COVID continues to decrease and we don’t have any spikes in the hospitalizations and we don’t have a lot of infections around here, we get back into the chambers the last meeting of this month,” Benton said. “That is my desire.

“Every day, 1,500 people here at the (Fort Bend County) Fairgrounds... are being vaccinated right here in Rosenberg. I was there yesterday and I saw their assembly line and that’s what they told me. And they’re (for) the most vulnerable citizens.

“With that in mind, with another 25 days, times 1,500, that’s a lot of people.

“Folks will take the vaccine and continue to take precautions. Hopefully, the COVID rate will diminish and if it does... we will be back in the chamber three weeks from today.”

According to Communications Director Tanya Kveton, March 17, 2020 was the last meeting that was normal. March 24, 2020 was in-person for council, but the public was not allowed to attend, and April 3, 2020 was first meeting via Zoom teleconference.

“My hope is March 23, we’ll be back in the chamber,” Benton continued. “We’ll still be spread out and take some precautions.”

A total of 50,923 residents have tested positive for the virus, according to the Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department, which is tracking the impact of the virus county-wide.

In the 77471 zip code of Rosenberg, there are 4,039 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

The next regular Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held March 16.

Citizens will not be allowed to attend council meetings, but can still ask questions via letters, telephone or email.

Email comments to dswint@rosenbergtx.gov.

Meetings can be watched live on the city’s YouTube Channel “RosenbergTXGov,” on the city’s website at www.rosenbergtx.gov/tv, and on Comcast Channel 16 for residents within the city limits.

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