Operations and Facilities Update - June 1, 2020
As the City of Smyrna continues moving forward in this COVID-19 environment I want to provide you with a few updates.
Last week the Governor issued a new Executive Order that, among other things:
- Increases the size of allowed gatherings from 10 to 25 people
- Allows professional and amateur sports to resume
- Allows bars and nightclubs to open June 1 if they meet mandated safety requirements
- Continues to order entertainment venues to remain closed
- Keeps the shelter in place order for the medically fragile and people over age 65 in place through June 12
- Extends the Health Declaration of Emergency through July 12
The Governor, the CDC and the Department of Community Health are still encouraging everyone to wear masks in public settings and maintain a social distance of at least six feet.
Considering the Governor’s order and consistent with our cautious approach in Smyrna to make incremental, data-driven decisions that protect the health of our citizens and staff, the following are some updates on City facilities:
- Riverline Park reopened today, Monday June 1, 2020
- All pavilions at city parks are now open for use
- All playgrounds at city parks will be open by Wednesday, June 3 and will be sanitized by city staff regularly, consistent with CDC guidelines
- Organized sports activities are allowed on city fields with social distancing and less than 25 people. Please contact Smyrna Parks and Recreation for availability and permits.
- City staff is preparing Tolleson pool to be ready to open – no date announced but we are working to get it open as quickly as possible while adhering to the DPH guidelines for reopening public pools
- The Wolfe Center will remain closed until at least June 12
- City staff has been working staggered shifts and all employees return to regular shifts Monday, June 1 with temperature checks, mandatory face coverings and other cleaning and disinfecting requirements
- Staff will begin preparing city buildings to open to the public – The Smyrna Police Department headquarters opened Monday, June 1 and citizens can expect to see City Hall and Brawner at minimum will open within the next week or two.
- We have installed plexiglass at the Community Center welcome desk and are working on other precautions and protocols to reopen this facility as soon as possible
- The Smyrna Public Library begins computer access by appointment this week and are working to prepare for opening by the end of the month
- The Smyrna Recycling Center is open by appointment two days a week, and is in the process of adding days and appointments with intent to open fully by end of month.
- Booking for city facilities for events with less than 25 people may begin as early as this week.
- All public meetings, including city council, planning and zoning, and license and variance, will take place in the large gym at the community center until further notice to allow for social distancing.Temperature checks and masks are mandatory for all in attendance.
We will continue to provide updates as they are available.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we get through these challenging times.
Please continue to follow the Governor’s orders – no gatherings of 25 or more, wear face coverings in public, wash your hands often, and exercise strict social distancing of at least six feet.
Y’all this Smyrna community continues to amaze me – I appreciate your support of neighbors in need and local businesses, and your resolve to get through these difficult times and get this pandemic in our rear view mirror. I’m so proud of our outstanding city! Stay safe. #SmyrnaStrong