Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center

The city of Auburn began the process of returning to regular operations and reopening city facilities this week. 

The phased reopening started on Wednesday and will continue through June 1. 

A number of city facilities will open on Tuesday, including the public lobbies of City Hall, the Development Services Building, Environmental Sciences, and the Auburn Public Library. 

The library will operate under restrictions, though. Library staff will be on hand to retrieve books for patrons; browsing the library's collections will not be allowed. Computer services will also be limited and subject to time and space restrictions. The library's hours of operation will also be reduced to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The Utility Billing Office will open Tuesday on an appointment-only basis, with full services set to resume on June 1.

The Auburn Police Division lobby already opened on Wednesday, but the administrative lobby will remain closed. On Tuesday, the Auburn Fire Stations' lobbies will be open, while the police records service counter will reopen in the new Public Safety Building.

Municipal court sessions are set to resume on June 1 in the new Public Safety Building, located on the corner of North Ross Street and Magnolia Avenue. Dockets will be limited to a maximum of 30 defendants. Defendants whose court dates fall between June 1 and July 31 should expect to receive continuation notices soon. 

Parks and Recreation facilities are also reopening. The Auburn/Opelika Skate Park already opened on Monday. Samford Pool will open for lap swimming only on Friday, while the lobbies at Dean Road Recreation Center, Frank Brown Recreation Center, Harris Center, and the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center are set to open on Tuesday. Some of the programming at the recreation centers are also set to reopen on June 1. 

The Boykin Community Center will also reopen on June 1, but a number of programs will remain closed, including basketball free play in the gymnasium and outdoor courts, and the weight room. The cardio room will open with a limit on the number of patrons. 

The City Market is also set to return to Town Creek Park on Saturdays from 8 to 11 a.m., starting on May 30. 

A number of safety precautions will also be instituted with the phased reopening. All public lobbies will have hand sanitizer and masks available. Those engaging in close-contact transactions are encouraged to wear masks. Social distancing, continual hand washing and plexiglass installation are some of the other measures the city is taking to protect employees and residents. 

For more information on the city's phased reopening, visit www.auburnalabama.org/coronavirus/facility-and-program-impact/.

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