The City of Etowah has noted some updates in regard to its reopening plans.
City Manager Tina Tuggle clarified that children under 18 will be permitted in the Etowah Community Center when it reopens so long as they are accompanied by an adult.
“In the past we have had drop off for minors at the ECC,” Tuggle said. “At this time we do not feel that it is acceptable to do so without a parent or guardian.”
Tuggle noted that the planned reopening of the community center on June 1 will be gradual.
“As the State of Tennessee did not release standards for the reopening of community centers, we took steps to have what we call a ‘soft reopening,’” she explained. “This will allow us time to determine if we can continue the required social distancing and expand on the number of persons that enter the center at one time.”
Tuggle added that officials hope to open things up more in a timely fashion after the reopening.
“We are taking all precautions that we can at this time and continue to follow the state guidelines,” she noted. “We hope to be able to have new expanded hours for our senior citizen and other classes as we move forward in the coming weeks.”
She added that reopening the L&N Depot for tours won’t happen on the timeline they had originally hoped.
“I had hoped to reopen the depot for tours again on June 1, however we will be unable to do so at this time due to the fact that the trains will not be running during the month of June,” she said. “We will advise as soon as the train schedule and depot services will return to normal.”
Previously, Tuggle had announced that most city facilities would open by June 1, with some restrictions.
Etowah City Hall is planned to open on June 1 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for walk-in visitors and phone calls will be received until 4:30 p.m.
“We are going to be closing an hour early so we can disinfect the front lobby,” Tuggle said at the time.
The Etowah Carnegie Library is also planned to open on June 1 with the operation hours being 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A dedicated time for seniors will also be in place in an attempt to keep the potential exposure to the coronavirus at a minimum.
“Citizens age 65 and older only can come in the library between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.,” said Tuggle. “We want to mitigate any potential infection for them, if possible.”
Tuggle had noted that opening dates would be subject to change, however.
The opening dates will be determined by how quickly the city is able to receive the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) they have ordered.
“We are going to continue social distancing, but our employees will also be using digital scan thermometers which should be in any day,” said Tuggle. “Many places are going to limit the amount of people to 10. Also, people should expect to answer questions or have their temperature checked before they will be allowed to enter some buildings, as is with the standard CDC guidelines.”