Litchfield Park council to discuss COVID-19 impact on facilities, programs and operations

Posted 6/28/20

The Litchfield Park City Council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on city facilities, programs and operations, and to potentially direct staff …

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Litchfield Park council to discuss COVID-19 impact on facilities, programs and operations

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The Litchfield Park City Council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on city facilities, programs and operations, and to potentially direct staff regarding building closures, modified schedules, virtual meetings and other measures to mitigate the spread of the novel coronivrus as infections spike across the state.

Litchfield Park closed its buildings and facilities to the public in mid-March to comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, and Gov. Doug Ducey’s stay-at-home order.

City Hall, 214 W. Wigwam Blvd., and the Litchfield Park Recreation Center and Pool, 100 N. Old Litchfield Road, reopened June 1, with social distancing and other mitigation measures in place.

“Our reopening is going good so far,” City Manager Bill Stephens said at the time. “The mood seems upbeat. Some are happy to be back and see fellow staff, and others are still cautious and a little worried. We do have a few staff members that would qualify for the ‘vulnerable category’ and therefore they’re more cautious. So, where it makes sense and staff would like to continue to work from home, I’m allowing it. I have a couple of staff members in that category.”

As infections began spiking across the state after the stay-at-home order was lifted, Litchfield Park joined other cities in efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus. On June 19, the council adopted a resolution requiring people to wear face coverings in public spaces when they cannot distance themselves from others.

After learning June 23 that a Recreation Center and Pool employee had tested positive for COVID-19, the city closed the facility indefinitely for deep cleaning and disinfecting.

Employees who had close contact with the individual were identified and notified, and were self-quarantining at home, Mr. Stephens said, and the city was working to provide proper notification to others who may have come into contact with the employee.

“Litchfield Park’s top priority is the health and safety of our citizens and employees,” Assistant City Manager/Community & Recreation Services Director Matthew Williams stated.

When the pandemic hit, the city initially canceled all public meetings because it didn’t have the technology in place to conduct virtual meetings, but it began conducting meetings via Zoom and streaming them on YouTube within a few weeks.

Those interested in attending Tuesday’s virtual meeting may visit the city’s website, litchfield-park.org, and follow the links to Zoom or YouTube. They also may attend by phone by dialing 669-900-6833 and entering meeting ID 817 3563 1888.

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