Metropolis Hall in Cathedral Metropolis will proceed to be closed to The general public, till by appointment, As a Outcome of of rising COVID-19 circumstances.
Metropolis spokesparticular person Chris Parman said The city had deliberate to reopen Initially of 2022, however postponed it Due to COVID-19 spike. Metropolis Hall was equally closed to The general public with out appointments from March 2020 to March 2021, Based mostly on Parman.
“From final March to about August, we have been open downstairs on restricted hours or by appointment solely. Our restricted hours have been … from 10 a.m. to about 3 p.m,” Parman said. “In August, we had a spike in COVID and so then we went to appointment solely. We have been appointment solely since August.”
Metropolis Supervisor Charlie McClendon said many providers Might be provided over the telephone or internet, But when There is a resident who wants a service in particular person, a city staffer will meet them outdoorways.
“People simply Want to name forward or e-mail forward or use our internet website, however We’re offering The city providers And that i hope that Ancompletely different week of this, we’ll Be In a place to be open utterly,” McClendon said. “But You understand, It is Sort of a fluid state of affairs so we’re having fun with It Will undoubtedly at a time.”
There are presently 15 city staffers That are both constructive for COVID-19 or have been uncovered to the virus, McClendon said. This decide was 23 staff in early January, Based mostly on a Jan. 12 Metropolis Council meeting.
Metropolis staffers that have been Succesful Of labor remotely did so from March 2020 to March 2021, Based mostly on Parman. These That are working indoorways at Metropolis Hall have been abiding by California Division of Occupational Safety and Well being guidelines, he said.
The Cathedral Metropolis Police Division’s doorways are additionally closed, however There is a buzzer that goes to dispatch That people can use to get assist, McClendon said. He said the police department, hearth department and public works department are working Inside The sector like they On A daily basis have.
The Coachella Valley added 1,543 new COVID-19 circumstances final week, of which 156 have been Cathedral Metropolis residents. There have been 9,367 circumstances Inside The city As a Outcome of The start of the pandemic.
A quantity of completely different Coachella Valley cities have closed their city halls to stroll-ins, collectively with Desert Scorching Springs, La Quinta and Rancho Mirage.
Ani Gasparyan covers the western Coachella Valley cities of Desert Scorching Springs and Cathedral Metropolis. Attain her at [email protected]