GEORGETOWN, Texas - The City of Georgetown has announced that it will be reopening several of it's facilities and lobbies to the public starting on Monday, May 18.
According to the city, the openings will be in accordance with the orders from Governor Greg Abbott's office, as well as the city's ability to provide "essential safety measures and enforce occupancy requirements."
“While we reopen some city facilities to provide better access to additional city services, we do so very cautiously. We continue to prioritize your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of our staff," ” Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross said. "The last thing we want to do is contribute to a second spike of COVID-19 cases in our community. So, we ask everyone coming to our facilities to follow the safety guidelines we’ve put into place.”
Below is a list of safety changes being made in accordance with Texas orders:
- Occupancy limits
- Face coverings, strongly encouraged but optional
- Unless physical distancing cannot be maintained, in which case, masks will be provided or other accommodations will be made.
- Minimizing touch points
- Hand sanitizing stations
- Sanitization schedules
- Signage indicating occupancy limits and directions for self-screening before entering the building
- Safe-spacing, floor markers
- Limited seating
- Limited hours
- Physical distancing
City employees will also be required to take their temperature when they arrive to work. They will also be required to wear masks when interacting with anyone if a distance of six feet cannot be maintained. Any employee handling money will be required to wear gloves.
Below is a list of lobbies that the city will be reopening:
- City Hall, 808 Martin Luther King, Jr. St.
- Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh St.
- Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 D.B. Wood Road (Including the medication collection kiosk)
- Georgetown Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Ave. (iPads and seating will be available in the lobby for people who need to access the internet to connect or disconnect utility service)
- Georgetown Municipal Airport terminal, 500 Terminal Drive
The city says some parks will reopen to the public as well. City staff will continue to monitor orders from the governor's office and work to open additional facilities and services. Pools, summer programs, and other services will be open as soon as it is feasible, the city says.
Below is a list of parks that will be open to the public:
- Garey Park, with new fees
- Garey House: Private tours and outdoor photoshoots
- Bark Park
- Pavilions with one table
- Drinking fountains
- Restrooms: Except at VFW Park and the McMaster Athletic Complex
- Skate Park
- Blue Hole Park
- Parks administrative offices: By appointment only
- Tennis courts and pickleball courts at McMaster Athletic Complex: Limit to four players per court
- Georgetown Tennis Center: Reservation only
The city says that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also has opened the Georgetown and Granger Overlook and the Georgetown and Granger Stilling Basin.
Below is a list of facilities that will remain closed:
- Playgrounds and splash pads
- Pavilions with more than one table
- Exercise equipment
- Basketball courts
- Volleyball courts
- VFW Park
- McMaster Athletic Complex
- San Gabriel Park baseball fields
- Recreation Center
- Community Center
- Parks Administrative Offices, by appointment only
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