City of Austin facilities to begin reopening

Published 3:25 pm Thursday, May 28, 2020

Opening to be done in phases


City of Austin facilities will begin to reopen to serve the public and will do so in phases beginning Monday, June 1, with different hours of operation by location, based on the following schedule:

• City Hall – Starting Monday, June 1, City Hall will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This will include the offices of Park and Recreation, Administration, Engineering, Building, and Planning and Zoning. Anybody with questions can contact the department – Administration at 437-9940, Engineering/Building/Planning and Zoning at 437-9950 and Park and Recreation at 433-1881.

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• Library – The Austin Public Library will continue with their curbside pickup from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. They will begin scheduling public computer access in one-hour increments for patrons 16 and over by appointment only starting June 1. Appointments will initially be scheduled twice a day at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.; this will be evaluated on an on-going basis and may be expanded as necessary. Computer usage will be limited to eight computers per session. The library does have internet hotspots available for checkout. Individuals should call the library at 433-2391 with questions and to schedule curbside and computer access.

• Jay C. Hormel Nature Center – The Nature Center building will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 1-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. At this time, the exhibit space will remain closed. The Nature Center trails remain open each day until 10 p.m. Anybody with questions can call the Nature Center at 437-7519.

For health and safety purposes, the City of Austin has implemented several protocols to help reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 including:

• Encouraging the use of facial coverings at all locations;

• Requiring use of hand sanitizer upon entering city buildings (provided); and

• Managing traffic flow to ensure social distancing standards are met.

Although City services are beginning to reopen, the public is still strongly encouraged to access service needs over the phone or online, if possible.

Please stay home if you are feeling ill or have any of the following symptoms: fever, chills, a new cough, shortness of breath, a new sore throat, new muscle aches, new headache or new loss of smell or taste.