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COVID-19 spike prompts city to reverse parts of reopening process
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Warren County resident Kendra Arnold and son Owen enjoy his first trip to Gilley Pool on Thursday. Gilley Pool remains open, although many city services are shutting down due to COVID-19 concerns. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Local residents may yearn for a return to normalcy, but the community is edging closer to a return to COVID-19 shutdowns.

In response to increasing coronavirus cases in this area, the city of McMinnville is closing offices, Parks and Recreation programs, and scheduled performances at Park Theater.

“For the foreseeable future, we are closing the Wellness Center and all classes, effective Monday,” said Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord. “This won’t affect anything outdoors. The pool will remain open. Baseball and softball programs will proceed as planned. Playgrounds will not be affected. This mainly pertains to our services at Three Star Mall.”

McCord estimates the closure will impact a couple hundred people who utilize the Parks and Recreation fitness facilities at the mall. Those facilities closed for a month and a half earlier this year when coronavirus first surfaced.

In addition to the Parks and Recreation closures at the mall, the city made the following announcements Friday afternoon:

• Face coverings are required for all city employees, elected officials, contractors and citizens who enter city facilities. This applies to everyone.

• Anyone entering a city facility is required to have their temperature taken and must answer screening questions successfully prior to being permitted to enter.              

• The Fire Department lobby is closed.

• The Police Department lobby is closed.

• The Bell Street administrative lobby is closed. Walk-up window open. Drop boxes and online payments are available.

• Gilley Pool to remain open with max number of 300 patrons at any given time.               

• Park Theater is closed to public events other than city meetings and city-related business such as municipal court.                

• Public bathrooms, playgrounds, skate park, tennis courts, and all ballfields remain open.

• Baseball and softball leagues are to proceed as planned. 

• All public meetings will continue in-person and will be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube within 24 hours per state guidance.