City officials have set reopening dates for some, but not all, Cleburne facilities.
“The city of Cleburne is committed to opening city facilities in a controlled and responsible manner that protects the health and safety of our community as well as our city staff,” Cleburne Communications Manager Dustin Dangli said. “We do have opening plans for our various buildings, however, those plans are subject to change as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Cleburne City Hall reopened to the public on Wednesday. Residents and visitors may now visit the lobby for questions and a kiosk is available for information. If necessary, staff members can be contacted to answer residents’ questions as well. Most other parts of city hall remain closed to the public for now.
City council meetings — the next is scheduled for 5 p.m. May 26 — have also reopened to the public albeit with limited seating. An overflow area with a TV monitor will be available if needed.
The Layland Museum and Cleburne Railroad Museum are scheduled to reopen the first week of June with an ongoing temporary schedule of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Capacity will be limited to 25 percent and staff will disinfect any items that come into contact with guests.
The Booker T. Washington Community & Recreation Center is also slated to reopen the first week of June but only for the facility’s workout area, which will also be limited to 25 percent capacity. The gymnasium, computer room, banquet hall, showers and locker rooms will remain closed for now.
The city will follow gym and fitness center guidelines as outlined by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services including disinfection of equipment before and after use, the requirement that patrons wear gloves and the spreading out of exercise equipment to facilitate social distancing.
Cleburne Golf Links has been open since April 24 with alterations to check in and services for customer and staff safety. The patio is scheduled to reopen to guests on Monday.
City park restrooms are scheduled to reopen on Monday as well. However, playgrounds, athletic fields and basketball courts remain closed for now as per state and Center For Disease Control guidelines.
The drive-thru of the city’s utility billing facility remains open. Customers may also pay or ask questions via the telephone or online.
Curbside check out continues at the Cleburne Public Library.
The service is available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Patrons may request up to 10 items per card and 20 per family.
To check items out, call 817-556-8804 or visit the library catalog and log in. The patron’s library card number serves as the username and the last four digits serve as the PIN number.
Patrons will receive notification, via email or phone call, when their items are ready.
Patrons should then park in the Wardville Street lot and call to let library staff know they’ve arrived. A staff member will place the items on a cart then stand at the door until the patron picks them up.
For disabled patrons, a staff members will place the items in the back seat or trunk of the vehicle.
A reopening date for public access to the library has yet to be determined. There has also been no date set for reopening the Cleburne Conference Center or the Cleburne Senior Center. The senior center is temporarily being used for free COVID-19 testing.
“When these facilities do begin to open visitors may notice extra precautions and procedures including limited capacity, additional safety barriers and more,” Dangli said. “These openings follow state and federal guidelines and are also vetted by our public health authority.”