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Austin to begin gradually reopening city offices, services June 1

This includes the Austin Public Library, the Parks and Recreation Department and more.

AUSTIN, Texas — The City of Austin announced on Friday, May 29, it will begin gradually reopening City offices and services starting June 1. This includes the Parks and Recreation Department, Austin Public Library, Animal Services and Code Department.

According to the City, "every 28-days, data and work environments will be assessed to determine the next steps for introducing additional employees back into the workplace." The plan is subject to change.

During a press conference Friday, City Manager Spencer Cronk said the reopenings will happen in a phased approach. Here's a look at how each department will begin to reopen.

Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde, deputy city manager, said many employees in the city staff are eager to work, but some feel concerned about returning to work in person. Rivera-Vandermyde said the City is working with any employees that have concerns by redirecting them to work from home when possible. 

When it comes to events at parks, libraries theaters and other places, Cronk said they're leaning on health experts on guidance, and that there are no plans to have large gatherings anytime soon.

Austin Parks and Recreation 

Kimberly McNeeley, parks and recreation director, said the city will open nine swimming pools the first week of June.Three of them will open Monday.Barton Springs and Deep Eddy Pool does not have a set date to open yet.Summer program operations will be delayed until July 6. Splash pads will be closed until further notice. 

According to the Parks and Recreation Aquatics Department Manager Jodi Jay, the pools will open at 25% capacity.She also says temperatures will be taken at the gate for employees and swimmers.

Originally, around 750 lifeguards were needed to help with Austin pools, but McNeeley said during the press conference that about 200 lifeguards are now ready to work at the limited pools that will start reopening.

Here is a list of pool schedules : 

  • June 1
    • Govalle Pool – Open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.
    • Rosewood Pool – Open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.
    • Shipe Pool – Open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
  • June 2
    • Big Stacy Pool – Open on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. and weekends from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Monday, Friday and Saturday. 
  • June 5
    • Mabel Davis Pool – Open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
    • Northwest Pool – Open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.
    • Walnut Creek Pool – Open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Monday, Wednesday and Sunday.
  • June 6
    • Bartholomew Pool – Open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Austin Public Library

Roosevelt Weeks, director of all Austin libraries, said starting June 1 book drops will begin reopening at every location. Weeks added that items dropped off at these locations will be quarantined for 72 hours. 

A week later on June 8, curbside services will be available to customers at the following locations: 

  • Central Library
  • Manchaca
  • Ruiz
  • Southeast
  • Carver
  • Windsor Park
  • University Hill
  • North Village
  • Spicewood Springs
  • Millwood

Animal Services

Don Bland, chief of animal services, said starting June 1 the Austin Animal Center will open for adoptions at the center with some guidelines. You must schedule an appointment by emailing ASOanimaladoption@austintexas.gov. Only two appointments will be allowed each hour. The building will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

To schedule an appointment to bring in a found pet, you must fill out an appointment request form here. Found pet appointments may only be scheduled Monday through Friday. The intake of animals without an appointment will not be accepted unless the animal is sick or injured. For more information, click here.

Code Department

Daniel Word, who is the interim assistant director of the department, said the following in-person services will soon gradually reopen starting June 1: 

  • Collection of fees and penalties assessed
  • Application and registration fees for licensing programs
  • Administrative hearings

Starting June 1, the Austin Finance Cashier Office will resume normal operations through telework or utilizing an "alternate work schedule." The office will be open for limited onsite operations. The office will be staffed daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be open for in-person services from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On June 15, the ACD Licensing and Registration Intake Office will be open to the public for in-person services related to processing licensing and registration applications and fees. All administrative hearing processes have been rescheduled to begin on July 1. For more information, click here.

You can find more information on the City's phased plan on their website by clicking here.

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