City of Monroe moves into phase 2 of reopening plan

city hall, other buildings reopen; restrictions on some outdoor sports loosened
Published: Jun. 15, 2020 at 7:27 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The City of Monroe moved into phase two of its reopening plan on Monday.

Several places are now open for visitors like City Hall, the City Hall Annex and the Monroe Civic Center. Temperature checks and masks are required to enter, but officials are encouraging people to schedule appointments and, if possible, to conduct business online.

Meanwhile, the Monroe transit system is adding a requirement. “June 15th is the first day passengers are required to wear a mask also,” says Marc Keenan, Monroe transit GM.

He says they are also maintaining its nine-rider per bus rule to maintain social distancing. “For some of our buses, we have more than 9 people on the route. So, that means we have to leave some of the passengers still on the street,” Keenan says.

When that happens, “the driver calls in and tells the supervisor. The supervisor sends another bus to that location to pick them up. So, within 30 minutes, 15 to 30 minutes, there should be another bus there to pick them up.”

Playscapes at city parks are now open again. Also, tennis players can participate in doubles play now too at tennis courts.

Sports organizations are now allowed to hold practices, drills and games at city parks. “Now, with a request or a plan to me, outlining what exactly what precautions, what measures you intend to take in order to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” says Robert Johnson, Monroe director of community affairs.

Johnson says some games have already started back at parks like Saul Adler. “We are making sure that they are exercising, or following, the plan they made out for us, and so far they’ve done that, and we’ve been satisfied with the process going forward.”

Community centers will remain closed to the public under phase two.

Meanwhile, the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo can now allow up to 600 people at one time, which is 50% of its total capacity.

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