City to close City Hall and Pedro Castro lobbies to the public

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Effective Wednesday, January 13, the City will close lobbies at City Hall and Pedro Castro Maintenance Center to public access to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Oscar Yrun Community Center, the Ethel H. Berger Center, and The Cove were all closed recently due to staffing shortages.

Foot traffic in all lobbies has been low for the past several months, so public impact of the closures is expected to be minimal.

“Although we would like to keep our buildings open to the public, the responsible decision is to close them to help slow the spread of COVID-19,” says City Manager Chuck Potucek. “We want this situation to end, so we’re doing what we can to mitigate the spread until the vaccine is available.”

City Council meetings
The City Council work session scheduled for Tuesday, January 12, and the regular meeting, scheduled for Thursday, January 14, will be held in Council Chambers. The public can view the meetings on the City’s website, (search “Channel 12”) or live on television on Cox Channel 12.

The public may participate in this week’s Public Comment agenda items at the Council Meetings. Those attending the meetings are asked to wear a mask and observe safe social distancing.

Library to limit access
The Library will continue to offer computer lab access with a one-hour use limit, Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Book Nook Café, located in the Library lobby, and lobby restrooms will be available during regular hours, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Patrons wishing to borrow materials will be able to pick them up using curbside service.

Outdoor leisure activities to continue
Activities offered by the Leisure Department will continue as scheduled, and outdoor facilities will remain open to the public.

Vista Transit
Vista Transit will continue route operations and the lobby will remain open to allow passengers to purchase passes.

Police Department
The Police Department lobby will be open, although fingerprint services to the public will remain suspended.

The Cove
The Cove will remain closed to the public for the next couple of weeks. City management hopes to reopen the facility in late January.

Alternative ways to make payments
Payments for City services may be made online via the City’s website, (search for “pay online”). Credit card payments can be accepted over the phone, or payments can be hand-delivered and placed in the payment drop box, located at the north end of the City Hall main parking area.

The lobby closures will remain in effect until further notice.