Based on the COVID changes announced by Governor Holcomb yesterday, the City has updated its response. Most city buildings will continue to be closed to the public through April 30, but we will open up most city buildings to the public beginning Monday, May 3. The city will also continue to mandate mask-wearing within city facilities at least through April 30.
During April, city business will continue to be transacted; employees will continue to work and answer phones and emails and will meet with members of the public by appointment only. Please call or email the specific department if you need to meet with a staff member.
Virtual meetings will also continue through April; the meetings will be live-streamed and available via WebEx. If Governor Holcomb’s Emergency Order for meetings is not extended through April allowing this, we will go back to in-person meetings and will let the public know of the changes.
This move is to protect both employees’ and the public’s health and safety. The following details how each building will be affected:
- City Hall and Police Office Building closed – appointment only through April 30;
- Animal Care Building closed – appointment only;
- Donner Center Building closed – appointment only through April 30;
- Utilities Building closed – appointment only through April 30; Drive-through open;
- Fire Stations – continued to be closed to the public;
- Hamilton Center – open for use;
- Gymnastics Center at FFY – open for use;
- DPW Building – continued to be closed to the public;
- Transit – buses will continue to run as normal; mask mandate based on federal guidelines;
- Parks Open; please go to the Parks and Recreation page on the City’s website for more information on youth and adult events at https://columbusparksandrec.com/
- Aviation offices closed – appointment only through April 30.
Mayor Lienhoop urges members of the public to continue to take the virus seriously and follow the guidelines laid out by the CDC and the State of Indiana. Masks, social distancing, good hygiene, and avoiding crowds and groups are key to protecting the community’s health and economy.
Mayor Lienhoop also encourages members of the public to get vaccinations when they are able – to prevent the transmission of the virus and help us get back to normal activities, events, work, and social gatherings. For information about vaccinations or to find a vaccine site, please visit the COVID-19 Task Force website at https://covid19communitytaskforce.org/