HENDERSON, KY 3/1/21– Almost exactly a year since it closed to in-person traffic because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Henderson Municipal Center will re-open to in-person visitors on Monday, March 15.
The City of Henderson has been operating under a state of emergency since March 16, 2020. City offices have been closed to help protect the City work force, which includes many who help provide the essential services of police enforcement, fire protection, and sanitation and utility services.
“It’s been a long and challenging year to keep everyone healthy and everything functioning, but we feel like the reduction in the number of both local and statewide cases of COVID-19 allows us to safely re-open the Municipal Center,” said City Manager Buzzy Newman. “We will evaluate our other offices as time goes on, as more people are vaccinated against the disease and as case numbers decline even more.”
Public meetings will continue to be available via Zoom, live stream on the City of Henderson website (www.CityOfHendersonKy.org), Facebook, Twitter and broadcast on Spectrum Cable Channel 200.
Once the Municipal Center building re-opens, visitors will notice a few changes. Upon entering the front entrance on First Street, visitors will need to use the temperature scanning station in the vestibule before they can proceed.
The lobby receptionist will ask what type of business they need to conduct and either direct them to continue to the Utility Collections lobby or summon the employee they’re there to visit.
Visitors must continue to wear a mask and maintain 6-foot social distancing. Please follow the signage in the Customer Service area.
Visitors to the Utility Collections lobby will be asked to exit the Elm Street door and be mindful of traffic in the drive-thru lanes on that side of the building.
The John F. Kennedy Community Center is partially open, with some restrictions, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Only the weight room is open.
- Pre-registration is required for the available hour-long sessions, and nine spaces are available for each session.
- Masks are required at all times.
- Temperature screenings must be done before entering.
The Parks Department also has resumed rentals of the Denton Shelter and the Atkinson Clubhouse.
“We would like to thank our citizens for working with us during this difficult year we’ve all been through,” Newman said. “None of us ever imagined It would stretch out this long, but we are happy that the conditions, while not exactly normal, are allowing us to take one step toward ‘business as usual’.”