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Abbey Martin, Public Information Officer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 15, 2020
DODGE CITY, Kansas—The City of Dodge City will remain in Phase 1 of the plan to reopen city-owned facilities and operation for an additional two weeks, beginning Monday, May 18, 2020. This decision was made in response to Governor Kelly’s announcement that she had revised her Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas, to include a Phase 1.5.
“I want to reiterate that the City’s plan only applies to the city-owned facilities and operations,” said City Manager Cherise Tieben. “While we do have the authority to be open as an essential operation, we feel it is in the best interest of our employees and our community to follow the intent and spirit of the Governor’s orders. We continue provide almost all of our services that were offered previously; we are simply doing the work in a different fashion.”
At a special meeting of the City Commission on Friday, May 15, 2020, Tieben presented a recommendation to the Commission to track local COVID-19 numbers, and continue with Phase 1 for city-owned facilities and operations until no earlier than June 1. Dates to enact the second and third phases of the City’s plan have also been pushed back at a minimum of two weeks form their initial projected date.
Continuing Phase 1 of the City’s plan, employees will remain teleworking as able and will continue to serve residents through temporary phone lines, email, and online services. Residents can find more information on the City’s website, www.dodgecity.org, or call 620-225-8100.
Under the continuation of Phase 1, the City of Dodge City Public Transportation department will resume on-demand, or door-to-door, services. Preventative measures, based on CDC and KDHE guidelines, will be put in place for the protection of staff and the public.
Three vehicles will be ready for operation from 8 am to 4 pm, Monday-Friday, and limited to three passengers at a time. Passengers may begin scheduling rides on May 13, starting at 7 am by calling the Public Transit dispatch number at 1-877-323-3626. Rides must be scheduled at least 24-hours in advance, and dispatch will require passengers to answer health screening questions at that time. There will be no charge for these services until the end of June 2020.
When in the vehicle, passengers will be required to wear a face mask at all times and will be asked to distance themselves as much as possible. To allow for proper distancing, the first two rows of seats will be blocked off from use. Drivers will also be wearing safety masks along with gloves and will disinfect the seats of the vehicle after each passenger’s destination is reached.
Information regarding ‘Why Not Dodge’ facilities and operations will be released at a later date.