Camarillo City Hall Reopening to Walk-In Traffic and Public Meetings (Post Date: 4/1/21)
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Camarillo, California – The City of Camarillo is pleased to announce that Camarillo City Hall (601 Carmen Drive) will be reopening to walk-in traffic, beginning Monday, April 12, and in-person public meetings will resume on April 28.
Beginning Monday, April 12, 2021, City Hall will be open to conduct in-person business, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., excluding City observed holidays. Although in-person business will be available, the City strongly encourages the community to take advantage of the City’s online, phone, and email options, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. A list of how to access City services is available within the Frequently Asked Questions listed at www.cityofcamarillo.org/covid19.
Safety protocols are being finalized for reopening. Social distancing measures will be strictly enforced, and all visitors to City facilities and all in-person attendees at public meetings must wear face coverings at all times. Safety barriers have been installed throughout City Hall to support distancing protocols. Face coverings will be required upon entry to City Hall and will be provided for individuals who do not have one.
In-person City Council meetings will resume April 28, 2021. Safety protocols are in place for City Council, staff and community members. Face coverings will be required to be worn during meetings. Public seating is limited due to distancing requirements, although we do expect that adequate seating will be available to accommodate attendees for most meetings.
City staff continues to evaluate the reopening of the Camarillo Library. In doing so, staff must consider inefficiencies and limitations associated with maintaining required protocols at limited occupancy. Given the recent State announcement that libraries across California may open at 50% occupancy and under retail guidelines, City staff will be presenting a reopening plan for the Camarillo Library to the City Council for their consideration at the April 14th City Council meeting. We anticipate a safe reopening, at limited capacity, will be possible in May of 2021. The curbside pickup program is still going strong and is expected to remain operational for the foreseeable future.
“We have to gauge what is the safest for the public,” explained City Manager Greg Ramirez. “We are all eager to get back to business as usual and resume some normalcy, but we cannot open up our facilities until we are confident that we have all safety protocols in place and are not creating an unsafe situation for our community members.”
The City’s highest priority throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been the safety of our employees and community members. As the pandemic worsened and the number of cases dramatically increased, the City increasingly ramped up efforts to make sure City employees remained safe and able to serve community members. This resulted in physically closing our doors and relying solely on virtual services to conduct routine City business. The situation is changing rapidly once again, now that more vaccinations are being administered and health equity metrics are trending in a positive direction, the City feels more comfortable opening up to walk-in traffic.###