This action is taken alongside other steps being made to minimize exposure in the community, including temporarily closing several public facilities through the end of March.
The City is not, however, shut down. All departments remain open for business and are making any necessary changes to procedure in order to accommodate current conditions. For the latest information regarding what facilities are closed, how you can stay in touch with us, and how to help protect yourself and your family, visit www.TheColonyTx.gov/covid19. Highlights include:
- City Hall is closed to the public but staff remain available at the utility-billing drive-through window on the north side of the building (6800 Main St.) during regular business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday. Customers can also access their accounts online.
- The Colony Community/Senior Center, Recreation Center and Aquatic Park are closed and all programs suspended. For more information, call 972-625-1106. Also, check out the list of fun, creative resources compiled by Parks & Rec staff to help parents and kids pass the time while school is out.
- Parks & Trails remain open as they are considered low-threat areas but pavilion rentals are suspended.
- The Colony Public Library is closed and all programs are suspended. However, a wealth of online resources remain available through TCPL’s digital offerings.
- The Municipal Court customer-service windows remain open during regular business but all court dockets through March 31 are cancelled. For information, contact the Court at 972-624-2200.
- The Colony Animal Services facility remains open during regular hours. Please see below for a news item detailing the shelter’s no-cost offerings for adoptable dogs in light of recent owner-surrenders related to COVID-19.
- Special events have been cancelled through the end of April. Also, all public meetings are postponed with the exception of City Council, Planning & Zoning, Economic Development Corp. board, and Community Development Corp. board.
As we have from the beginning, we encourage residents to follow public-health best practices regarding the spread of infectious diseases as outlined by Denton County Public Health (DCPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Wash hands thoroughly and often
- Stay home when you are sick
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover your mouth and nose to reduce the spread of germs
- Avoid touching your eyes nose and mouth
- Practice "social distancing" and avoid large gatherings
DCPH is also offering a hotline for residents to call for information about COVID-19. The number is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 940-349-2585.
Additionally, The Colony Economic Development Corp. has compiled resources for small businesses that may be in need of assistance during this time.
• For more: www.TheColonyTx.gov/covid19