Update: City adds library, parks to list of closings

Published 12:30 pm Monday, March 16, 2020

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Mayor Earl Johnson announced Monday morning that the city is taking several steps to help stop the expected spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19.

  • The Andalusia Public Library will close at the end of business on Wednesday, March 18. The library will follow the schedule of the public school system and plans to reopen on Monday, April 6.
  • City parks also will be closed after Wednesday and until the school system reopens. “We simply don’t have the manpower to keep playground equipment disinfected,” the mayor said. For now, the golf course will remain open.
  • Andalusia City Schools Superintendent Ted Watson has informed city officials that school personnel are working out a plan to deliver meals while the schools are closed in response to the virus to those students who normally receive free lunches. Distribution details will be announced later today.

Those closings were added to others announced on Friday, which included:

  • Because we are concerned about the health and welfare of our senior adults, the Adult Activity Center will be closed effective until further notice.

The Senior Nutrition Center will continue to operate. Those seniors who normally have foods delivered from the Nutrition Center will continue to receive those deliveries. Meals also will be provided for those who normally dine-in at the Adult Activity Center. They can be picked up weekdays from 11 a.m. until noon, drive-through only.

That being said, social interaction is important to senior adults, and we encourage our patrons to keep in touch with and check on each other.

  • Our Department of Leisure Services has announced that it will keep the same schedule as public schools. League practices will continue through Wednesday, March 18. The Department of Leisure Services will keep the same schedule as the school system.

In an extended interview on WAAO, the mayor encouraged area residents to use common sense and use some “grandma wisdom,” by washing their hands often, “staying away from sick folks,” and checking on their neighbors as people are encouraged to keep social distances.