City of Bozeman readies for gradual and phased plan to reopen buildings

 

For immediate release: May 4, 2020

Contact:
City of Bozeman
Melody Mileur, Communications Coordinator
406-579-9237 (cell)
Email: mmileur@bozeman.net

Bozeman, MT— Starting on May 11, 2020, City of Bozeman buildings will start a multi-week phased reopening plan to gradually reopen to the public. The plan will start the week of May 11th with the Alfred M. Stiff Professional Building, followed by the rest of City buildings the week of May 18th.  This plan is gradual and phased over many weeks and does not necessarily mean that buildings will open to the public immediately or that all staff will be back to work in the building immediately. The City will continue to assess the plan as it rolls out and may adjust dates as needed.

The plan includes a phased approach for employees returning to work in the buildings as well as full or limited hours for availability to the public. All buildings will be taking precautionary measures to protect employees and the public and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Members of the public may notice differences in how service is provided and are asked to practice patience as staff work within this new normal.

Alfred M. Stiff Professional Building:

The Stiff Professional building will start its phased reopening the week of May 11th. Most employees will return to work in the office gradually over the course of the week with limited hours for the public starting on May 14th from 10 AM – 2 PM. Starting the week of May 18th the building will open with full hours.

City Hall:

City Hall will start its phased reopening the week of May 18th. Most employees will return to work in the office gradually over the course of the week. Starting the week of May 25th the building will open with full hours and most departments will open to the public. However, some departments may have limited hours.

Library:

The Bozeman Public Library will start its phased reopening the week of May 18th. Staff will continue to work from home as they are able and other staff will return to work on staggered shifts.

The Library building will remain closed to the public for all of Phase 1 of the Governor’s Phased Reopening plan. At this time there is no expiration date to Phase 1 per the Governor’s directive.

Digital services will continue to be available. Beginning May 18th the Library will begin offering curbside service of delivery materials to patrons. Details for how this service will be implemented are in the final planning stage. More information will be posted to the Library’s website and social media channels as available.

Parks and Recreation:

The Parks and Recreation Department will start its phased reopening the week of May 18th. Most employees will return to work in the office. Regular field operations are ongoing and resumed in early May. Offices in Beall Center and Story Mill Community Center will open to the public with full hours however gymnasium space in Story Mill Community Center will remain closed to the public.

City park playgrounds will remain closed to the public for all of Phase 1 of the Governor’s Phased Reopening Plan.

The Bozeman Swim Center will remain closed to the public for all of Phase 1 of the Governor’s Phased Reopening Plan.

Reservations for recreation and park facilities and program registration, in compliance with the current phasing of the Governor’s Phased Reopening plan, will resume in person, online or by phone starting the week of May 18th, 2020.

City Commission Meetings/Public Meetings:

City Commission meetings will continue to be held virtually through the month of May with public comment and access information listed in agendas.

With a few exceptions the City of Bozeman’s citizen advisory boards will not convene during the month of May.

For detailed information about individual department operations, visit the City’s COVID-19 webpage at www.bozeman.net .

The City of Bozeman closed its buildings to public entrance in mid-March in response to COVID-19. Despite building closures, City departments continue to complete essential work duties. The Bozeman Police Department and the Bozeman Fire Department continue to provide for our community’s essential health and safety needs. Solid Waste curbside pick-up continues.

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