BONIFAY - In a special meeting held this March 19, the city of Bonifay declared a state of state of emergency as a precaution in the wake of the COVID-19.

“The state of emergency will last for a period of seven days unless extended by recommendation and request of the mayor,” City Clerk Beverly Gilley said.

Gilley said as a result of the state of emergency, city elections, which were scheduled for March 24, will be rescheduled for April 28. Gilley current city council members will have their terms extended through the rescheduled elections. She also said the council voted not to disconnect any utilities during the COVID-19 declared Local State of Emergency.

“The City does encourage our residents to continue to pay their bills thru the drive thru or over the telephone (850) 547-4238,” she said. “Though we do understand that these are trying financial times for some of our city and community.”