City facilities began reopening this week and some programs have resumed as Gov. Kevin Stitt’s Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) plan progresses into Phases 2. City Ordinance No. 3527 allows most City-owned facilities to reopen and suspended programs and services to resume with the progression to Phase 2 of the governor’s OURS plan.
As of Monday, utility customers can conduct business in person at City Hall, though hours for the facility have been temporarily amended to allow staff to clean and disinfect common areas several times a day.
Until further notice, hours at City Hall, 401 S. Johnstone Ave., will be 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Municipal Court has also resumed. Attendants are asked to use the west entrance of the City Hall building and to remain six feet apart at all times. Court seating has been placed six feet apart.
- Adams Golf Course has also resumed 10 minute T times and is operating the restaurant with table spacing in accordance with Section 10 of City Ordinance No. 3527.
- The Bartlesville Public Library is offering curbside service until the facility reopens on June 1. Curbside hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information on how to use the curbside service, see the library’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/bvillelibrary/
- The police department lobby, restrooms at Sooner Park, Johnstone Park and Lee Lake are also open, and parking in the downtown area and traffic enforcement have resumed.
Parks & Recreation
City staff are working to ready Frontier Swimming Pool for opening for the season. The targeted opening date is June 6.
“We are hoping to open the pool for the season on June 6,” said City Manager Mike Bailey. “However, staff is busy working to reopen several City facilities between now and June 1 so the pool opening is dependent on how quickly we are able to move through these assignments.”
City staff is working with Richard Kane YMCA, which manages and operates the City-owned Frontier and Sooner pools, to develop social distancing protocols for the pool.
Additionally, the agencies will evaluate the demand for the pools before deciding whether to open Sooner Pool, located at 420 S.E. Madison Blvd., for the season as well.
Park playgrounds will remain closed until there is no community transmission of the virus, in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Recreation and Park Association. It is anticipated that Sooner, Johnstone and Civitan Park playgrounds could reopen on June 1, with progression of the third phase of the governor’s OURS plan, while other playgrounds would likely reopen sometime after that.
- Sneeze guards will be installed in areas with public contact
- Social distancing protocols will be maintained at all times
- Municipal court will resume with six feet between seats
- Employees will be provided with Personal Protective Equipment, which is mandatory for those who interact with the public and/or work in enclosed places or vehicles
- Facilities will be sanitized several times a day
Other City facilities are expected to open between now and June 1. Announcements of these openings will be made as they occur.