City of Pflugerville discusses plans to reopen safely
At their April 28 meeting, City Council discussed plans to reestablish City services, programs and events in phases over the coming weeks.
This comes after Governor Abbott announced a plan to reopen businesses across Texas starting May 1. Certain businesses, including retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, malls, libraries and museums may reopen with a maximum occupancy of 25%. The Texas Department of Health and Human Services has provided further guidance on safe practices for reopening at http://gov.texas.gov/opentexas.
“It has been hard on us all to change our lifestyles and see the effects that COVID-19 has had not only on our physical health, but our economic health as well,” Mayor Victor Gonzales said. “Our friends and neighbors, local businesses and I have all been impacted by this pandemic. Resuming our previous lifestyles will be quick for some and take a while for others, and that’s ok. As we begin to reopen and return to our daily lives, I urge you to open safely and cautiously. We know the disease isn’t gone, but we can open in ways that still preserve the community’s health.”
The City’s facilities that see the most foot traffic, the library and recreation center, are working on plans to reopen facilities safely, based on the recommendations of public health officials.
Beginning on Friday, May 1, the Pflugerville Public Library will offer curbside pickup. Patrons can place reserves on up to five items online through their library account. For assistance or to reserve items over the phone, call 512-990-6375. After reserving items, patrons will be notified when they are ready for pickup. Upon arrival at the front of the library, patrons can call 512-990-6381 and library staff will bring items out to their vehicle. Additionally, patrons will once again be able to return library materials beginning May 1. Curbside pickup and item returns will be available Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. The library remains otherwise closed to the public until further notice.
The Pflugerville Recreation Center will remain closed, but will continue to offer virtual programming. Visit parks.pflugervilletx.gov to learn more. Summer programs and aquatic facilities are being assessed on a case-by-case basis and may be limited or canceled. City Council also discussed the feasibility of safely reopening all or part of Lake Pflugerville Park and 1849 Park, ultimately deciding that they cannot be safely reopened at this time. Currently, outdoor sports are limited to four players or less. Therefore, the tennis court at Windermere Park and the Skate Spot will reopen starting Friday, May 1, within social distancing guidelines.
City facilities and public lobbies currently closed will remain closed until it is safe to reopen. All information on the safe reopening of Pflugerville will be posted at pflugervilletx.gov/reopen.