Aurora reopens in measured steps


Aurora continues assessing and preparing an adequate response during the current global pandemic, said City Manager Derek Walker.

“With the community’s health and safety a top priority, we must continue taking necessary precautions as this virus is still amongst us,” he said.

The decision to opening services and events will depend on the city’s ability to adhere to guidelines and mandates from the state and federal government. The city will continue monitoring the situation and local health care’s ability to respond, said Walker.

After Dearborn County enters Stage 3 of the governor’s Back on Track plan, scheduled to start Sunday, May 24, parks and playgrounds will be open, and park buildings and facilities will be available for lease at limited capacity.

All lease holders will be asked to sign a waiver so they are aware of the risks, and agree to hold the city harmless, said Walker.

Beginning Monday, June 1, the Aurora Recreation and Community Center will open with capacity restrictions, limited operating hours to allow for deep cleaning, and other preventative measures.

Beginning Sunday, June 14, as Dearborn County looks to enter Stage 4, the city will open staff and officials offices to the public.

“If you need immediate assistance, staff will be available by appointment when other accommodations are not possible,” said Walker.

Residents still will be encouraged to use the drop box at the utility department to pay bills, and issues or questions will be resolved over the phone or through email when possible.

Also on June 14t, recreational sports leagues and tournaments may resume at city parks.

Stage 5, tentatively scheduled to start Tuesday, July 4, will allow the city to host fireworks as close to July Fourth as possible, with social distancing and other preventative measures in place.

The city’s boards and commissions will begin opening meetings to the public, with capacity restrictions. Video/phone conference options will remain in place and recordings posted to the city’s website, said Walker.

“Unfortunately, given the risks involved and inability to guarantee that the guidelines established by the State Department of Health can be followed, the city will not be opening the city pool this summer,” he said.

“Plans will be made to take advantage of the time and look to make improvements, so the pool can operate more efficiently, and be more appealing for the community to enjoy next summer.”

All dates are tentative and subject to local infection rates and availability of ICU beds and ventilators, he said.

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