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Posted on: April 30, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Thank You and a Measured Approach to Reopening City Services

COVID-19

West U Update – Thank You and a Measured Approach to Reopening City Services

As we are all aware, on April 27, Governor Abbott announced the phased reopening of the Texas economy on Friday, May 1, which provides the framework for allowing businesses to get back to doing what they do best - serving their customers and providing a livelihood for their employees.  

The City Council and staff want to THANK YOU for doing your part, the sacrifices you have made and the patience you have exhibited during this extended emergency.

Please know, that we at the City are also anxious to get back to doing what we do best and that is providing all of the services to you our customer.  The COVID-19 virus has caused a significant impact to those quality of life services that many in West U have come to enjoy.  The closure of our neighborhood parks, playgrounds, pools and cancellation of recreational programming.  Basically, those City provided features and services that would have made the stay home order more bearable. 

Other City provided services have continued at normal levels with our front line workers in Police, Fire and Public Works continuing to deliver these services, while practicing social distancing, using a healthy amount of sanitizer and wearing personal protective gear when necessary.  While the remaining services that are behind the scenes had employees working from home continuing to pay the bills, process the paperwork and performing a lot of services that are not seen by public, but are essential to keeping the City running.

The good news is that that sacrifices made over the last six weeks have been successful in helping flatten the curve and minimize the communal spread of the virus. While we appear to have leveled off, we cannot become complacent about the precautions taken that have gotten us to this point.  We will be experiencing the phased reopening of the Texas economy, the City will also begin the phased reopening of City provided services and facilities, but how long that phased reopening takes is up to each and everyone of you in continuing to practice social distancing, good hygiene, limiting unnecessary travel and wearing face coverings when applicable to limit the communal spread.

Tentative Schedule for the Phased Reopening of the City

To start our goal is to return to normal operations by June 1.  To the extent this is possible will be determined by the data on COVID-19 cases and recommendation of health professionals and requirements from the County and State of Texas.  If we experience a decline in cases over the next two weeks, then the following should be expected to happen:

PLEASE NOTE the following is a tentative schedule and may be adjusted depending on the recommendations/requirements from public health officials, the County and the State of Texas.

  • Friday May 1 (per the Governor’s  Executive Order GA-18)
    • Tennis courts reopen, subject to maximum number of people per court and social distancing.
    • Permits issued for all construction related activity, not just for what was deemed essential construction prior to April 27.
  • Friday May 8
    • The possible opening of three parks (Friends, Liberty and Jennies Elizabeth Hughes). 
      • These parks have fewer amenities and play features where the virus can live and a reduced chance of communal spread. 
  • Tuesday May 19  
    • The possible opening of the remaining parks. 
      • The reason we are waiting longer on these parks is to ensure a decline in the COVID-19 cases, because these parks have a lot of amenities and play features which can provide surfaces for communal spread.
    • The possible reopening of City Hall and the Public Works Administration buildings to the public.
      • Subject to reduced occupancy, social distancing and face covering requirements. 
  • Monday June 1
    • Tentatively set to reopen all facilities to the public.
      • Subject to reduced occupancy, social distancing and face covering requirements. 
    • Tentatively restart parks and recreational programming, subject to recommendation and guideline from public health officials.
    • Tentatively set to return to normal staffing schedules. (pre-COVID-19 schedules)

Please keep in mind that the hours of operation for facilities (buildings & pools) in Parks & Recreation will be dependent on the rehiring of part-time staff, lifeguards and instructors, as well as, guidelines from public health officials and requirements from the County and State of Texas.

CURRENT CLOSURES, SERVICES AND UPDATES:

For the latest information on the impact or changes to West U services, please visit www.westutx.gov/covid19

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