The Dyersville City Council has approved a phased reopening plan that will allow the public to access city departments without a scheduled appointment as soon as June 15.
With Mayor Jim Heavens’ emergency proclamation expiring June 2, parks and playgrounds will also be reopened to the public sometime this week, city staff said.
However, the dog park will likely remain closed for an additional 10 days to allow the new grass to continue to grow.
During Phase 1 of the implementation timeline, which spans from June 2 to June 15, city departments will remain closed to the public unless an appointment is scheduled.
Even though the plan allows for unscheduled access to city departments beginning June 15, it is still asking that the public attempt to conduct as much business as possible using remote means, like phone calls and emails, to help limit exposure to staff.
Much of the six-page document prepared by Assistant City Attorney Jenny Weiss outlines the protocol for city staff, which includes wearing masks when interacting with the public and keeping surfaces disinfected.
Under the opening protocol, the Dyersville City Council could also potentially return to its chambers as soon as its next June 15 meeting, although details of exactly how that could be safely executed have yet to be ironed out.
City Clerk Tricia Maiers said that keeping council members socially distanced while also filming the meeting for the public might be difficult, so the continuation of hosting the council meetings virtually might be a reality while things are worked out.
The council is also set to host a special council meeting Monday, June 8 to discuss a rental contract with Debbie Moser, who hosts dance and gymnastics classes in the Dyersville Memorial Building. Moser, who hasn’t been able to hold classes since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, told the council she is ready to host summer clinics and would like to regain access to the building.