FBTX ~ In response to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s phased plan to reopen Texas, the City of Farmers Branch will reopen certain facilities to limited capacities on Monday.
City Manager Charles Cox said Farmers Branch City Hall, the Manske Library, Municipal Court and the Animal Adoption Center will all reopen on Monday with the maximum number of people allowed in at 25 percent of Fire Marshal-authorized capacity. In addition, the Farmers Branch Historical Park will reopen its grounds on Monday, but without programming, classes or access to structures.
The Citizen Collection Center will reopen Thursday, May 14.
Fire Chief Steve Parker stressed the "limited" nature of this reopening phase adding that people should follow the governor’s recommendation and not come to a City facility unless necessary, but added that residents will be required to wear a mask at all open City facilities to limit the spread of the virus and out of respect for the health of City employees working to serve the residents. CHECKLIST OF RESPONSIBILITIES OF INDIVIDUALS FROM GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT.
Mr. Cox explained that City employees will also be required to wear facial coverings and that social distancing and heightened hygiene practices are still key to flattening the curve. Hand sanitizer stations will be available at the entrance to all public facilities. He added that all events, classes and activities remain canceled through May 31.
All reopened facilities will observe normal operating hours except for the Manske Library which will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. In special consideration for at-risk populations, hours of 9 to 11 a.m. on weekdays will be reserved for residents ages 50 and up. Additionally, the Historical Park will remain closed on weekends.
Remaining closed are The Branch Connection as well as the Community Recreation and Aquatics Centers. In accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, the Barney Wood Bark Park will also remain closed for now. More info on pets is available from cdc.gov. Those facilities will be re-evaluated for opening along with other businesses in Phase 2 of the Governor’s reopening plan.
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