City buildings will remain closed

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The City of Knoxville intends to keep its buildings, including the Knoxville Public Library, closed beyond Friday, May 1.

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced this week that libraries may reopen if social distancing and other safety practices were followed. City Manager Aaron Adams says the City wants more time to evaluate the safety of reopening. As it stands, with the governor’s remaining restrictions, it would hardly be possible for the Knoxville Recreation Center to reopen.

As for the library, it is hosting curbside pick-up Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. You must call in to place your order at 641-828-0585, and please allow up to 48 hours for your order to be processed. Everyone who places an order will be given a time to collect the materials (in an effort to enforce social distancing). Items will be in a bag with the initials of the person who made the order.

Adams is concerned about the high numbers of COVID-19 that the state is still seeing. Marion County borders Jasper and Polk, two of the 22 that present the greatest concern for the state. All precautions taken by the City are for the health of staff and residents to maintain a safe Knoxville.