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Posted on: May 12, 2020

City of West Monroe announces opening of buildings and services

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In response to Governor John Bel Edwards’ recent announcement for Louisiana to enter Phase 1 of coronavirus reopening, the City of West Monroe has made the following changes to its city buildings and facilities:

  • Beginning on Monday, May 18, City Hall will be open to the public.
  • Beginning on Monday, May 18, the City’s Water Billing Department, located on the first floor of City Hall, will be open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Kiroli Park will remain open to the public and beginning this Thursday, May 14, the park’s hours will be extended from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. The following park amenities will remain closed:  all playgrounds and water fountains. Restoration Park and restroom facilities will also be open.
  • Both the lobby of the West Monroe Police Department and administrative offices of the West Monroe Fire Department will re-open to the public, beginning on Monday, May 18.
  • The Ike Hamilton Expo Center and West Monroe Convention Center will open, with limited capacity for events, beginning on Monday, May 18. Contact either facility for information on availability.
  • The West Monroe Farmer’s Market will open to the public on Monday, May 18. The Farmer’s Market will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays. For information about the Farmer’s Market, call (318) 322-2203.
  • The West Ouachita Public Transit will remain available to the public. Call (318) 397-3299 for more information about the Transit System.
  • The West Ouachita Senior Center and The Rec will remain closed to the public at this time.

West Monroe Mayor Staci Mitchell has continued to stress to all city departments to take extra precautions to disinfect public facilities, practice social distancing and not gather in large groups. The public is strongly encouraged to use proper hygiene and follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Under Governor Edwards’ Phase 1 reopening plan, many businesses and churches will be able to open at 25 percent capacity. Business owners and church leaders are encouraged to obtain their building square footage. One source for obtaining that information is the Ouachita Parish Tax Assessor’s office at www.opassessor.com. Businesses are also encouraged to register at www.opensafely.la.gov

For additional questions regarding buildings within the City of West Monroe, contact the West Monroe Fire Department at (318) 397-0758.

“As our community enters Phase 1 of reopening, we encourage our business owners to follow the guidelines outlined by Governor John Bel Edwards,” said Mayor Mitchell. “We look forward to businesses and churches reopening in a safe manner and ask the public to continue to be patient and shop responsibly.”

Additional updates from the City of West Monroe can be found online at www.westmonroe.com or www.facebook.com/CityofWestMonroe

For more information from the CDC, please visit www.coronavirus.gov

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