Wednesday, August 17, 2022

City of Williamsburg to reopen facilities to the public

The Williamsburg Municipal Building. (file photo/WYDaily)
The Williamsburg Municipal Building. (WYDaily file)

Public buildings and facilities in the city of Williamsburg will be reopened to the public early next week.

Williamsburg will enter Phase 3 of its reopening plan Monday, according to a news release from the city.

City facilities have been closed since early March when Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus.

The state entered Phase 3 July 1, and the city’s reopening plan is consistent with Northam’s, according to the release.

City Manager Andrew Trivette said it’s the city’s goal to keep residents and staff safe, as the city and state transition through the reopening process.

“Residents need our services now more than ever and it is our duty to provide these services in as safe a way as possible,” Trivette said. “To do that, we’ll need staff’s help and that of the public: we must continue to take our temperatures, wear masks, socially distance and wash our hands to maintain the recovery and reopening.”

City staff will try to limit instances where a patron will meet with staff in person.

Each city building will be available on a limited basis. Visitors will check in at the lobby to request a service, before waiting for their turn. They will be notified to proceed to the appropriate department by either the lobby phone or a text message.

Everyone who enters a city building will be required to wear a mask and will have their temperature taken. Social distancing will also be implemented.

City services are also available on the city’s website.

Parks and playgrounds are fully open, but Quarterpath Recreation Center will remain closed because it is being used for city employee childcare services.

City workers will continue to telework or work alternative shifts to preserve social distancing.

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