27 Mar City of Jacksonville makes changes in the midst of pandemic
As the number of Coronavirus cases continues to climb in the United States, the City of Jacksonville is taking steps to protect its employees and citizens by maintaining social distancing. With this in mind, most of the city’s facilities are restricting access. This will help to minimize person-to-person contact as much as possible while maintaining essential services.
For example, city is acting based on guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House Coronavirus Task Force, the North Carolina Governor’s Executive Orders and the Onslow County Health Department
This new city policy became effective at 5 p.m. March 25.
Here’s how it works.
- The drive-up access to city hall’s Utilities department will remain open to accept payments for water and sewage.
- The city is placing phones at two city hall entrances. This will enable residents to communicate with city staff while maintaining physical distance.
- The city already offers the capability to perform a number of functions online. For more information, go to this web page or call (910) 938-5200.
- The public can interact with Jacksonville’s Center for Public Safety by using the Taxi Permit window at the center’s main entrance. All fire stations are currently closed to the public. Another way to communicate with Public Safety staff is calling the administrative line at (910) 455-4000. Please limit calling 911 to emergencies only.
- Some of the city’s recreational facilities will remain open for public use. However, these facilities will be observing the Governor’s order for limiting gatherings to less than 50 persons. For more information regarding Jacksonville’s recreational facilities, go to the web or Facebook page for the Recreation department.
- City parks remain open at this time. However, if residents choose to use playground equipment, they are encouraged to bring their own sanitary wipes or other cleaning products to wipe down equipment before and after use. The scarcity of cleaning products in the area makes it impossible for the city to wipe down all equipment between uses.
- Additionally, some Sanitation pick-ups are suspended. These include Dial-a-Truck electronics and appliance pick-ups. Certainly the purpose is to prevent employee exposure to potential latent virus contamination that may be present on these items.
CHRISTI HILL TEAM
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