Two new cases; city employees return 

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City Hall is pictured with green lights to honor those who have died from the coronavirus in Kentucky.

A portion of the city of Richmond's workforce returned to work as part of a gradual re-opening plan for continuing city services.

The Richmond parks and grounds, road, vehicle maintenance and recycling departments reported back to work Monday morning, operating at no more than 50%.

City Manager Rob Minerich said this plan was in accordance with Gov. Andy Beshear, who allowed manufacturing, construction, vehicle and professional services to resume at the workplace on May 11.

"We met with all department heads last Friday prior to them coming back, and we provided them with all needed PPE — including masks, gloves, cleaner and sanitizer," Minerich said. "We also gave them their guidelines for social distancing."

He stated City Hall, the Parks and Recreation office, and the Section 8 office will be staffed at no more than 50% and will remain closed to the public, but will be re-evaluated moving forward.

A news release sent out by the city notes extra precaution for public interaction moving forward, including installation of Plexiglass shields. Additionally, all employees will be provided masks and other PPE as required and will practice safe social distancing at all times.

Minerich reported the Recycling Department will resume curbside pickup on Monday. Until then, recyclables can continue to be dropped off at the city's plant.

And although some things are beginning to resume and re-open, Paradise Cove, the Richmond Teen Center and summer camps are canceled for the 2020 season.

The opening of Adventure Falls and all youth sports leagues are delayed at this time and could start at a later date. The city continues to monitor the number of positive cases and the state provides updated guidelines for when things can open again.

The Madison County Health Department reported two new COVID-19 cases. The county has had 35 confirmed cases to date. Twenty-six of those are said to be recovered.

Reach Taylor Six at 624-6623 or follow her on Twitter @TaylorSixRR.

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