Another month of closures for Hillsboro libraries, rec centers
May will bring more of the same in Hillsboro, where city officials now say they won't re-open Hillsboro Parks & Recreation facilities or public libraries before June.
Concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus prompted Hillsboro and other Oregon cities to shutter libraries and most recreational facilities in March. That closure was later extended through April, and it will now last at least through May in Hillsboro as well.
"City crews will make use of the closures to perform maintenance and facility improvements, while library staff continues to provide online services and work with WCCLS on resuming services throughout Washington County," the Hillsboro city government said in a statement Friday, April 24, referring to Washington County Cooperative Library Services, which coordinates the county's system of public and community libraries.
WCCLS provides online services for people with library cards.
The statement from Hillsboro added, "The facilities themselves will remain closed to the public."
The closure affects both branches of Hillsboro's library system: the Brookwood and Shute Park libraries. It will also keep popular facilities like the Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center, the Gordon Faber Recreation Complex, the Hillsboro Community Senior Center, the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, and the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center closed.
Playgrounds and sports courts at public parks are also closed until further notice by order of Gov. Kate Brown.
June is the soonest that Hillsboro could open shuttered facilities.
Brown has begun to outline what Oregon's eventual "re-opening" could look like. However, the governor says conditions have not yet been met for her stay-at-home order and other restrictions to be lifted.
The state took a tentative step toward pre-pandemic normalcy last Thursday, April 23, as Brown announced that in May, hospitals, clinics and dental offices will be able to conduct "non-essential" procedures, which have been on hold due to the crisis. However, many businesses remain closed by order of the governor, restaurants and bars still aren't allowed to offer on-site dining, and landlords are not allowed to evict tenants for failing to pay rent on time.
Several cities have declared their own local states of emergency, including Hillsboro. The city government said Friday it anticipates that local emergency will extend into May as well.
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