Pflugerville reduces number of events, reviews operations plan for coronavirus

Mostly city staff attended a meeting Friday to discuss the operations plan and cancelling several events and training. (Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)
Mostly city staff attended a meeting Friday to discuss the operations plan and cancelling several events and training. (Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)

Mostly city staff attended a meeting Friday to discuss the operations plan and cancelling several events and training. (Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Pflugerville has announced changes to several events and solidified its operations plan as coronavirus concerns have heightened in Central Texas.

City staff is considering events and programs based on the number of participants, the proximity of the participants, whether the event is indoors or outdoors and the extent of participating by the highest risk residents—those 65 years of age and older.

Pflugerville has canceled several events and functions through April 13, including Pet Pfest on March 18; Pfarmers Market on March 17, 31 and April 14; Clean-up Day on April 4; the Pfloating Egg Hunt on April 4 and Woofstock on April 19. In addition, all city-wide staff trainings have been canceled.

The Pflugerville Public Library has stopped the circulation of materials, though patrons may still access books and materials as well as use study areas and computers. Crafts and snacks are no longer provided, and due dates and reserve pick up dates have been extended. Patrons are asked not to return any materials through at least April 13.

The recreation center and library have canceled programs for the next month that include more than 10 participants. Outside group meetings have been suspended, including family craft night, storytime, hooves and read and line dancing. Activities that have close contact, including basketball and karate are also canceled.


The city will continue to communicate other changes through media, social media and other means that reach more than 412,000 viewers, readers and followers, according to Pflugerville City Manager Sereniah Breland.

The city will also look at ways to continue city council meetings in a safe manner, with video options being explored by Mayor Pro Tem Omar Pena.

During Friday night’s emergency meeting, city council members also heard from several department heads regarding their readiness plans to help stem the tide of coronavirus spreading in the city if cases are found here.

“We know people are concerned,” Council Member Rudy Metayer said. "We know people are panicked. But there is no need to be. There are people with experience that are ready to address this. We will take care of them.”

Council members also discussed work-at-home options for some staff if needed and continuing hygiene best practices put forth by Austin Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By Joe Warner
Joe Warner is executive editor of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor for Central Texas and senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.


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