The city of Knoxville has decided to take certain steps to ensure the health and safety of the community in response to COVID-19. A statement released on the city’s website outlines specific operations and closures moving forward.

City Hall will remain open, but public access is limited to the front lobby area. The city encourages individuals to call first rather than visit the office, and hours of operation are currently under consideration. The city states these may change within the next few days.

The Knoxville Police Department and the Knoxville Fire Station will remain open, but public access will be limited to the front lobby area. Again, the city encourages individuals to first call with any inquiries rather than stopping by the stations.

City council meetings will be closed to the public indefinitely. However, the meetings will be streamed on Facebook Live to allow public access. Additionally, all city board and commission meetings will be postponed until further notice.

“As we know these times are very unsettling and difficult, we ask for your cooperation and understanding as we navigate through this extremely trying time. Please rest assured, the City of Knoxville will take every step possible to continue to provide a safe environment for our citizens and the surrounding area,” the statement reads.

Knoxville residents can find the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 by visiting the Iowa Department of Public Health Coronavirus and the Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus. Individuals can also learn more by visiting https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus. Along the left side of the screen, you will find guidance for your business and organization, health care, long term care, the general public, schools, travel and prevention.

The United Way 2-1-1 hotline feature has been activated for all Marion County residents who have questions regarding Covid-19 that can be accessed through their website, www.211iowa.org. Individuals can also access information through Marion County Public Health by visiting https://marionph.org.

Emily Hawk can be reached at ehawk@pellachronicle.com or by calling the Pella newsroom at 641-628-3882.

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