Pine Bluff City Hall and city buildings will be open to the public and non-uniformed employees will be working at their normal work sites effective Monday, May 18. Normal business hours will resume from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to a news release.

City departments had been closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the governor oversees phase 1 of reopening the state, it is now time to end remote work and resume regular operations, according to the release.

The city will continue to enact safety measures against COVID-19 as buildings reopen for public entry. Out of an abundance of caution, the Pine Bluff Aquatic Center will slowly reopen to the public in a limited capacity on June 1. Scheduling details will be announced soon, according to the release.

Employees of the city of Pine Bluff will wear masks and maintain social distancing at all times. Residents and employees will be subjected to temperature checks before entering public facilities. Individuals with temperatures at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit won’t be admitted. As directed by the governor, no more than 50 people at a time will be allowed to gather within any building.

As a precaution against COVID-19, the city of Pine Bluff had previously implemented remote work for non-uniformed employees throughout city departments. This was enacted to reduce public gatherings in city buildings. Since then, the city has monitored ongoing health developments in the state.

COVID-19 is still a threat that requires caution. The public should continue to follow all health directives. Throughout this reopening, the city will regularly communicate with public health officials to maintain, monitor, and adjust operations as needed, according to the release.