Businesses across Texas will reopen in some capacity May 1 as part of Phase 1 of Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to decrease COVID-19 restrictions. As a result, city governments have begun loosening their own coronavirus-related restrictions.
Beginning May 4, the cities of Keller and Roanoke will resume public access to a number of city buildings. Public access is expected to increase even further as part of the governor’s Phase 2 plan beginning May 18, officials said.
“We will be welcoming the public back to Keller Town Hall and the Keller Public Library,” Keller city officials said in a statement. “Other facilities will remain closed as part of the state’s Phase 1 timeline.”
While Keller Town Hall will open as part of Phase 1, communication online or by phone is still encouraged, officials said.
Keller City Council will meet in person for the first time in more than a month at a May 5 meeting, but capacity in the City Council chambers will be limited to 25% to maintain social distancing. City staff will continue to implement enhanced sanitation protocols, officials said.
The Keller Public Library will reopen May 4 with limited capacity and by appointment only. Library hours will be reduced through at least May 17, officials said.
The library will be open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from noon-5 p.m. Drive-thru services will continue, and all returned materials will be quarantined and sanitized. In-person library events will not be held, and community rooms cannot be reserved, officials said.
Additionally, Keller Pointe recreation center and the Keller Senior Center will remain closed due to restrictions that still affect gyms and are meant to protect seniors, officials said. All city of Keller parks, trails, K9-Pointe Dog Park and pickleball courts will remain open, while playgrounds, sports courts and pavilions could reopen as part of Phase 2.
The city of Roanoke will reopen several public buildings beginning May 4, including Roanoke City Hall, public works, police and fire departments, and the municipal court service window.
Roanoke residents will also have access to the Roanoke Public Library via a curbside pickup service. Public tennis courts will also reopen with a maximum of four participants at a time, Roanoke city officials said.
“Although some buildings will be reopened, we highly encourage transactions be handled by phone or online,” officials said. “If you need to stop by in person, social distancing guidelines must be practiced at all times.”
During Gov. Abbott’s Phase 1 plan, a number of Roanoke public buildings will remain closed.
The city has yet to reopen the Roanoke Senior Center, recreation center, public parks and sports courts, pavilions and restrooms, or the community pool. The city also announced April 17 that city splash pads will have a delayed opening for spring and summer.
City services in Keller, Roanoke to reopen as part of governor’s plan
Beginning May 4, the cities of Keller and Roanoke will resume public access to a number of city buildings. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)