The city of Temple will close eight facilities to walk-in customers starting Friday, as the number of COVID-19 cases among its employees and across Bell County continues to rise rapidly.
More than half – 56% – of the 43 infections among city workers since March have occurred in the past 30 days, Temple spokeswoman Emily Parks said.
The Municipal Building, Human Resources, Temple Public Library, Historic Post Office, Parks and Recreation Administration Building, Public Works Service Center, Hillcrest Cemetery, and Public Services / Municipal Court will be closed Friday through Jan. 18, according to a press release.
Services at these facilities will be available online, by phone, by appointment, curbside or driving, the city said.
“We are seeing an increase in positive cases among city staff, so we want to stay proactive in our efforts to ensure the health and safety of our employees and our community,” said City Manager Brynn Myers. “This decision was made to protect our community and our staff, and to do our part to help prevent community spread. Our intention is to minimize the risk of the virus spreading. “
The closures only apply to these facilities, Parks said in a press release.
Some city employees will be telecommuting as the county goes through its third wave of COVID-19, according to a press release.
“As we head into the holidays, we want to take action to keep our community and our staff safe,” Myers said. “By telecommuting during this time, we are reducing the potential for community spread and, hopefully, impacting the transmission of the virus at a critical time. “
The city of Temple, Myers said, will continue to operate at full capacity and provide telecommuting services to employees.
“We will continue to monitor the data closely and if we see any facility, office or team with an increased infection or exposure rate, we will implement additional measures specific to that area,” the director said. municipal.
Employees who cannot telecommute will be required to follow pandemic safety guidelines, including social distancing, frequent hand washing and wearing face coverings.
“We are committed to protecting the health of our staff and our community,” Myers said. “It is in the interests of staff and the public that we are renewing these measures.