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City of Brewton responds to increase in cases

The City of Brewton announced many closures on Monday, July 6. Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases locally, city business operations changed effective July 6.
The following changes are in place until further notice.
The utility office has been reduced to drive-thru service only and will be open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. The lobby is not open at this time. Payments can be made online by accessing the city websit www.cityofbrewton.org. A pin number and customer number is required. Applications for new services may be accessed through the drive-thru window. These applications can be sent to kreaves@cityofbrewton.org. Billing will be business as usual and cut-offs will be in effect. Sewer dumping will continue during regular business hours and payments can be made at the drive-thru window.
The City Clerk’s office will be open by appointment only to the public, as all employees will be working remotely. To schedule an appointment, call and leave a message at 251-809-1772 or send questions and inquiries to cityclerk@cityofbrewton.org. An employee will check voicemails and emails every day.
The Greater Brewton Area Chamber of Commerce will be closed to the public. Everyone is advised to email any questions to jcrane@brewtonchamber.com or dpugh@brewtonchamber.com. A voice mail may be left at 251-809-3224.
The municipal court offices will be closed and employees will be working remotely. Please leave a message at 251-809-1760 or email questions to tblankenship@cityofbrewton.org.
At the time of press, there are 396 cases in Escambia County confirmed by the Alabama Department of Public Health. With a spike in cases reported locally at the last city council meeting, citizens of Brewton are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing at this time.
According to Brewton Fire Chief Jeff Salter-the city spokesperson regarding all COVID-19 matters, the city offices were closed due to city employees testing positive. “6 city employees have testing positive at this time. The mayor closed the offices to protect everyone,” said Salter.
Salter confirmed Monday that Mayor Yank Lovelace approved the purchase of 10,000 masks to be given away to any citizen of Brewton in need of protection. “We plan to distribute them to businesses in the area that can hand them out to people as they come in,” said Salter.
According to Salter, the city and county are seeing a spike in cases. “It definitely hasn’t flattened out. We are seeing new cases everyday,” he said.
Salter encouraged everyone to continue to follow all health guidelines set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
He shared, “People need to continue to wash their hands and follow CDC guidelines. When going in any public building, any face covering is extremely important.