The Rosenberg Family Fourth Celebration is going on as planned.

Mayor Bill Benton said he wants everyone attending the Fourth of July event to use the free coronavirus testing sites beforehand.

“It would be good for anyone who goes to the Family Fourth to get tested,” Benton said at the last regular Rosenberg City Council meeting. “And let people know you’ve been tested as well.

“I’ll be tested Thursday with a blood test for the antibodies, and my kids will be tested as well. I’m not having any symptoms. I feel great. I just want to know for peace of mind.

“If you can get tested, get tested. If we know who has it, we know who to stay away from.”

In May, Rosenberg City Council members voted to move forward with the Independence Day event.

The city will hold the event without activities — meaning no food trucks, vendors or activities for kids. This is to help enforce social distancing.

According to Parks and Recreation Director Darren McCarthy, the city will limit its liability, ensure no 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.

To get tested at one of the free sites in Fort Bend County, visit https://www.fbchealth.org/ncov/ or call 281-238-2363.

The next regular Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held July 7.

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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