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City of Abilene - Highlights

Posted on: March 19, 2020

Gatherings Limited to 50, City Extends Closures to Limit Potential for Spread of COVID-19

Coronavirus Update as of 3-18-20

 Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams has issued a disaster declaration, effective 8 p.m., Sunday, March 22, limiting the gathering of individuals in our community to 50. This action makes it a criminal offence to hold a gathering of 51 or more people, and will be in effect for 7 days, with the potential for extension.

When a case of COVID-19 is confirmed in Taylor County, Mayor Williams plans to limit gatherings to 10 or fewer individuals.

In a continued effort to proactively lessen the impact of the possible spread of COVID-19 in our community, the following municipal services are closed or are altering hours and operations:

  • Abilene Public Libraries are closed until further notice, effective 3/23/20.

  • Abilene Municipal Court is closed to the public until further notice, effective 3/23/20. Payments may be made online at payabilene.com or by calling 800.444.1187. The Court is still open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm to answer your questions by phone at 325.676.6333. You may appear in court by mail, fax, or by dropoff.

  • Abilene Customer Service Center/Water Utility office is closed to the public until further notice, effective 3/23/20. Payments may be made online at www.abilenetx.gov, through the drop box at 4595 South 1st Street or 555 Walnut, or by calling 325.676.6405 if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Abilene City Hall is open to the public between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., effective 3/23/20. Residents may call City Hall at 325.676.6200 during business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday,  with questions or assistance with services.

  • All Convention Center events are cancelled, effective 3/18/20 - 4/30/20. 

  • The Abilene Zoo is closed, effective 3/17/20 - 4/30/20. 

  • The Rose Park Senior Center is closed effective 3/18/20 - 4/30/20. Drive through meals are available to seniors 60 and over between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday  through Friday. Limit of two meals per car, strictly enforced.

  • Recreation Centers are closed effective 3/18/20 - 4/30/20. 

  • Rentals for all Parks and Recreation facilities are cancelled effective immediately.  Normal operations will resume May 1, 2020. All cancellations will be fully refunded.

  • Spring recreation leagues are cancelled. Contact Community Services at 325-676-6217 or parksandrec@abilenetx.gov for a full refund or for more information. 

  • Adaptive Recreation is closed effective 3/18/20 - 4/30/20. Current Adaptive Recreation program participants may receive a drive-through meal from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Rose Park Senior Center, with a limit of two meals per car, strictly enforced.

  • Splash pads and the Adventure Cove will remain closed through 4/30/20.

  • Safety City is closed through 5/31/20.

  • All public tours of City facilities are cancelled effective immediately.

  • Proclamations, presentations, school age pledgers, and awards and recognitions at Council Meetings are cancelled until further notice.

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