Most Winfield city offices will reopen to the public Monday with safeguards in place, after being closed since March due to the coronavirus.
All offices, including city hall and the operations center, will reopen with their regular hours, Winfield City Manager Taggart Wall said on Thursday. The only exception is the fire/EMS department, which will remain closed at this time due to the sensitive nature of the work performed there.
The first floor of city hall, where the customer service department is located will only be accessible through the front door facing Ninth Avenue. The west door facing Millington Street will be unlocked to allow access to the second floor offices, but the door allowing access to the customer service area will be locked, Wall said.
Masks are available for customer-facing employees, and customers are encouraged to wear masks in accordance with state guidelines, Wall said. Customers who are sick are also encouraged to not do business in person.
Wall said the city will encourage increased hygiene practices and sanitation once it reopens.
“Safety is obviously our first concern,” he said.
Plexiglass dividers have been installed on counters in the customer service area and countertops and surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized more frequently. Hand sanitizer will be available at every station, and employees will be encouraged to wash their hands more often.
Wall said there are currently no rules on the number of people who can be in the customer service area at once, as long as there is sufficient room for people to practice six-foot social distancing rules.