City to start gradual reopening of facilities on Saturday

Adam Curtis Public Affairs Press Releases

Some City facilities, particularly those associated with outdoor recreation, will reopen Saturday following the expiration of Gov. Doug Ducey’s stay home order on Friday, while many buildings will remain closed for now as staff plans and prepares to open them safely.

Outdoor amenities including the skate park in Veterans Memorial Park, the dog park in Tompkins Park and sports facilities like ballfields and basketball, pickleball, volleyball, and tennis courts will reopen on Saturday. Lobbies at City facilities including the Sports Division, City Hall, the Pedro Castro Maintenance Center, the Ethel H. Berger Center (EBC), Sierra Vista Police Department, and Sierra Vista Public Library will reopen on Monday.

Two men playing pickleball.

The Oscar Yrun Community Center will remain closed for construction, with plans to reopen in late June. Customer service for leisure program registrations and payments can be completed over the phone or in person at EBC.

Residents are still encouraged to take care of any business online whenever possible. While lobbies will be open, most buildings will remain closed to the public for now apart from their lobbies while the City ensures adequate sanitation supplies can be sustained and procedures can be established to protect staff and the public.

Online payments are encouraged, although customer service staff will be available to take credit card and check payments at some facilities. Cash payments are temporarily suspended.

“We’re encouraged by the guidance provided by Governor Ducey that allows us to start opening back up and we thank our residents for being patient during this tough time,” Sierra Vista Mayor Rick Mueller says. “However, please understand that this is not the moment to move full speed ahead. We must still practice common sense hygiene, adhere to social distancing as much as possible, and respect safety measures to ensure we do not lose the extraordinary progress we’ve made in fighting COVID-19.”

Updates regarding the status of particular facilities and programs are provided below. The status of City facilities is subject to change based on the latest state and federal guidance and on the number of active COVID-19 cases in the area. For ongoing updates and the most current information, head to the City’s combating coronavirus webpage.

Library launches curbside pickup program Monday

While the library’s lobby will reopen Monday, to include takeout orders at the café located inside, most of the library building will remain closed until further notice and a curbside pickup program will be available in the interim.

The curbside pickup program starts Monday and will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday. Patrons may place up to 10 items on hold via the library’s digital catalog or by calling the library (520) 458-4225. Then they must call the library to schedule a time to pick up their items from the front of the library.

The pickup program will be contactless, meaning staff will not be available to handle returns or any other services at that time. The items will be labeled with the patron’s last name and the last four digits of their library card number.

Patrons may now make returns via the library’s drive-thru drop box located in the library parking lot. Starting Monday, book drops by the library entrance will also be open 24/7.

A temporary computer lab will also be available starting Monday located off of the lobby inside the Mona Bishop Room. Patrons will have an hour limit and computers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Patrons are urged to only use the computer lab for critical needs.

Visitor Center providing curbside delivery

Like the library, the Sierra Vista Visitor Center will be accepting requests for printed information online and via email and phone beginning Monday. Visitor Center staff will deliver information to drive-up patrons while observing physical distancing and safe handling procedures. Delivery will be available during normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Henry F. Hauser Museum reopens Monday

In conjunction with the Ethel H. Berger Center lobby, the Henry F. Hauser Museum will reopen to the public on Monday featuring the exhibit Fry Pioneer Cemetery: a Century of History & Culture.

The museum will be open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Cove prepares for reopening June 1

The City is preparing to reopen The Cove on June 1 with limited hours and programming, enhanced sanitation protocols, new signage, additional staff training, and other safety measures in place to ensure compliance with state and federal guidelines.

Vista Transit Center remains closed

The Vista Transit Center will remain closed until further notice, while transit service will continue to operate with enhanced safety measures in place to help ensure proper sanitation and social distancing.