San Marcos to close city facilities to public through Jan. 12

Services from the city of San Marcos will still be available online, by phone and at drive-thru windows. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Services from the city of San Marcos will still be available online, by phone and at drive-thru windows. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Services from the city of San Marcos will still be available online, by phone and at drive-thru windows. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

While city parks and green spaces will remain open, the city of San Marcos will close all other public facilities between Dec. 28 and Jan. 12 in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus to city staff after the holidays, according to a press release.

“Throughout this year, positive cases have been at their highest following every holiday since COVID[-19] arrived, and we’ve seen this same trend after Thanksgiving and as we move into Christmas," City Manager Bert Lumbreras said in the press release.

Facilities to be closed for the two-week period include the City Hall complex, Activity Center, Animal Shelter, Municipal Court, Public Library, Grant Harris Building, San Marcos Tourist Information Center, Discovery Center, and utility billing counters at the Municipal Building and the San Marcos Electric Utility Office.

City staff will continue to be available by phone and email during typical work hours. More information is available on the city's website.

“We’re in this together, and we thank our community for their continued efforts to be safe throughout the holidays and to keep our case count and hospitalizations as low as possible," Lumbreras said in the release. "We’ll also be ready to welcome everyone back to our facilities on January 12."


Utilities

Utility customers may email, call 512-393-8383 or go to the city's utility website for assistance or to make payment arrangements. Drive-thru windows at the Municipal Building and the San Marcos Electric Utility office will remain open on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Animal services

Emergency animal services are available through the San Marcos Police Department's non-emergency phone line at 512-753-2108. Information about shelter operations will be posted online.

Public Library

The San Marcos Public Library's curbside service will be available Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The library's catalog is viewable on its website, and items may be reserved online, by email or by calling 512-393-8200. Wi-Fi will also be accessible from the facility's parking lot.
By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.


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