With a countywide shelter-at-home order taking effect Friday, the city of St. Helena is closing the Interim City Hall and the library to the public and holding a special City Council meeting Monday morning.
City playgrounds and park restrooms are closed, according to a press release issued Thursday. The playgrounds will not be roped off, but signs will indicate they are closed.
City Hall and library staff are available during business hours via phone and email, with most staff working remotely.
The library’s appointment-based checkout service has been discontinued. Library books and materials should not be returned during the closure. A new "Chat with a Librarian" feature and online services like Libby, Hoopla and Kanopy are available at shpl.org.
The City Council will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Monday, March 23, at the Carnegie Building to ratify a Proclamation of a Local Emergency and conduct other city business. The council’s March 24 regular meeting has been canceled.
Police, fire and public works operational services will continue.
The Public Works Department reminds people to flush only toilet paper. Wipes should be placed in the garbage because they can clog the sewer system.
Police Chief Chris Hartley said each officer and police vehicle is equipped with masks and full protective suits in case they contact someone known to be infected with COVID-19.
Officers have been instructed to maintain the six feet of social distancing. Police vehicles are being decontaminated before and after each shift.
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