The City of Hopkinsville issued a detailed reopening plan Tuesday for departments and local utility companies.
First up, city employees will be allowed to return to work on a limited basis at the Hopkinsville Municipal Center on Monday. This includes Community Development Services staff.
Telework will continue for most employees.
Hopkinsville Human Resources Officer Kenneth Grabara noted that the city has taken steps to protect employees and visitors when they come to the municipal center.
“Somethings we’ve done internally are we’ve put up plastic barriers at our reception desks and in the CDS front lobby; we’ve put up 6-foot social distancing signs and we will be doing temperature checks on anyone who comes to the municipal building,” said Grabara, who is also the city’s Healthy at Work compliance officer.
Additional guidance has been given to city employees from department heads, including work schedules and staff rotation in the building.
Employees are also being asked to take their temperature before coming to work. If there temperature is above 100.4 degrees, they should stay home.
“We’re trying to get them to do the temperature checks before they come in to the office because if it happens to be above 100.4, we will have to send them home and do extra sanitizing,” Grabara said, noting that the city has a contract with a cleaning company to do regular cleaning and sanitizing.
“In each department it’s a little different,” Grabara said. “The police department has their own custodian, but the city has contracted cleaning services to come in. They will do extra sanitizing of door handles, stairwells and other high-touch areas. Our employees will also be asked to sanitize their work areas when they leave each day.”
Starting June 1, guests will be allowed in the building by appointment only. All guests must be escorted and wear masks.
Grabara said the city will have face masks available for use in the building from the June 1 to July 6, when the building will open for all visitors.
“If they have their own mask, please wear it,” he said. “If not, we will have one for them. We have at least 150 or so masks if needed.”
The tax and revenue drive-thru window will remain open, as it has throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, for residents who need to handle business with the city before June 1.
On July 6, the municipal building will open to all in-person guests. Grabara said in-person city council and other committee meetings could resume by this date as well.
“The projections are it will be later than that, but we felt we needed a plan in place,” Grabara said. “This is all fluid and could change.”
Hopkinsville police and fire departments
Visitors are currently allowed to enter through the Main Street side of the Hopkinsville Police Department; however the department will not be conducting facility tours or ride-alongs until further notice.
Hopkinsville fire stations will remain closed to the public until further notice.
Hopkinsville Public Works
The front office is open with social distancing and masks required by visitors.
Cemetery offices will reopen June 1 by appointment only.
The office can be reached at 270-890-0600 or on Facebook at “Hopkinsville Public Works.”
Human Rights Commission
The staff will continue teleworking and seeing residents by appointment until further notice.
The commission can be reached at 270-887-4010 or on Facebook at “Human Rights Commission Hopkinsville-Christian County.”
Hopkinsville Electric System employees will return to work Monday, and the lobby is expected to reopen June 1 for limited customer traffic.
Hopkinsville Solid Waste Enterprise offices will remain closed to the public at least until June, the release states.
Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation will reopen its facilities in three phases, starting with green spaces and parking lots June 1.
Also opening June 1 in Phase 1 are:
- Ruff, Debow and Trail of Tears parks for walking, exercising and informal play. Disc golf at DeBow and Trail of Tears will reopen as well as the Hopkinsville Stakepark.
- Pavilions for reservations and events with guidelines
- Public restrooms
- Thomas Street Recreation Center front office
- Second Street Community and Conference Center
- The Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex will open for crowd-controllable activities, such as walking and open gym
Phase 2 begins June 15, with the following parks and recreation openings:
- Playgrounds. One full-time employee will be tasked with sanitizing the parks daily.
- Tie Breaker Athletic Complex for practice and local leagues
- Low-impact sports can resume at the sportsplex in compartments/courts. This step will require governor and health department approval.
In Phase 3, Tie Breaker Athletic Park will reopen for tournaments July 1. According to the updated parks and recreation events schedule, the USSSA Baseball Ky State All‐Star Tournament is set at the park for July 11-12, and the USSSA Girls All‐Star Softball Tournament will be July 25-26.
All events at the Tie Breaker Aquatic Center are canceled because the water park will not open this year.