On Monday, April 27, Governor Greg Abbott announced the first phase of the State of Texas’ ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19.
In accordance with the latest guidance, previously closed City of Longview offices will begin to reopen with some limitations beginning Friday, May 1; however, services may be altered and some locations will remain closed. Locations reopening for public access include City Hall, Human Resources, Longview Public Library, Municipal Court, Parks and Recreation offices and playgrounds, Community Services, Development Services, Housing and Community Development. While the facility will be open with limited access for adoptions, the Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center encourages customers to schedule appointments for intake of animals. Customers are encouraged to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines when visiting any city facility.
Locations remaining closed until further notice include the Broughton Recreation Center, Green Street Recreation Center, Paula Martin Jones Recreation Center, and the Longview Convention Complex. Also, social gatherings, park pavilion rentals, and community events within city parks and facilities will not be permitted through at least May 15.
Although the library is reopening, regular hours will be adjusted, senior only hours will be offered, occupancy will be limited to 25%, and the computer lab will remain closed until further notice. Also, library special activities will be limited and other safety protocol restrictions will be implemented. The library’s curbside services will continue to be offered Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. See adjusted library schedule below.
Several existing restrictions within Longview’s local disaster declaration issued by Mayor Andy Mack are set to expire at 11:59 p.m., Thursday, April 30. Those expiring restrictions include a mandatory shelter-in-place of residence order, restrictions on non-essential businesses, limitations on travel, the closure of playgrounds, and a voluntary curfew. Rather than renewing local restrictions, the City of Longview encourages all residents to adhere to the orders and guidance issued by Governor Abbott.
Under Phase I of the Governor’s plan to reopen Texas, certain services and activities are allowed to open with limited occupancy, and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is issuing minimum standard health protocols for all businesses and individuals to follow. The Governor’s announcement is accompanied by Texans Helping Texans: The Governor’s Report to Open Texas. This detailed report, available on the strike force website, helps Texans understand phase one by outlining the new protocols, guidance, and recommendations. The report also includes a series of Open Texas Checklists that outline DSHS’ minimum standard health protocols for all Texans.
Governor Abbott also urged Texans to still take precautions to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Abbott’s executive order GA-18 states that “every person in Texas shall, except where necessary to provide or obtain essential services or reopened services, minimize social gatherings, and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.” Among other things, the order provides operational guidelines for services such as retail, restaurants, movie theaters, shopping malls, museums, libraries, services provided by an individual working alone in an office, golf courses, religious services, and local government operations.
Adjusted Library Schedule:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday Senior Hours: 10 a.m. - Noon
Sunday: 1 - 5 p.m.
Library Curbside Services
Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.