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City officials and residents attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Eloy’s new City Hall on March 29, 2019.

ELOY — Public access to Eloy City Hall and the Community Services Department will remain closed until May 26, city officials said.

“We are keeping the safety of our staff and residents top of mind while striving to continue to provide services,” the city said in a post Friday to its Facebook page.

Eloy plans to put together a phased reopening plan for city facilities, activities, and amenities next week.

City Manager Harvey Krauss told the City Council during the May 11 meeting that like many other cities and towns, Eloy has been working on a return to service plan.

Gov. Doug Ducey announced Tuesday he was lifting the stay-home order.

“Most of the communities in Pinal County or in the region are looking at a graduated plan to open up the economy or open up city facilities,” Krauss had said earlier. “Next Monday, assuming the governor does relax the restrictions, we would open up City Hall, public safety, the library, community services, public works offices and go back to a normal schedule and normal staffing, with some exceptions.”

Krauss added that additional measures would be taken to protect staff and the public, including setting up plexiglass shields at counters in specific departments that interact with the public and also taking the temperature of all employees before they begin their work shift.

“If they have a temperature of 100.4 degrees, we’re going to send them home,” Krauss said. “We will not require citizens to wear masks. There will be signage that will indicate that if they’re feeling sick that they should call us to make appointments and for service.”

Krauss also mentioned that the staff will be cautious about future public events. The Memorial Day celebration was already canceled, and staff is currently looking at just holding the fireworks show on July 4th and not having any activities that draw a large crowd at Jones Park.

The two question marks remaining on how the city will decide to go forward involve the aquatic center and the summer recreation program.

“Several communities in the area — Chandler, Gilbert, Maricopa, Coolidge — they’re going to open up their city swimming pools,” Krauss said. “Recreational programs, some of the communities are opening up their recreational programs, but they’re applying certain restrictions such as reducing the capacity.”

Krauss told the council that after having talked with the surrounding communities, it would be best that if their public pools are open, then the city should probably also open its pool.

“I think we need to send a unified message to the public in that regard,” Krauss said. “It appears that they’re headed in the direction of opening while putting additional restrictions on reopening these facilities.”

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