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City of Hopkinsville Remains Committed to Service during COVID-19 Alterations

City of Hopkinsville Remains Committed to Service during COVID-19 Alterations 

Hopkinsville, KY (March 15, 2020) – Beginning Monday, the City of Hopkinsville is restricting
access to its facilities, including the Municipal Building downtown, in an effort to take
precautionary measures in the prevention of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and
spread. 

The City recognizes that the impact of a potential outbreak may affect City operations in a
variety of ways. As of 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, however, there are no reported cases of
COVID-19 in Christian County. 

To ensure continuity of government, as well as its commitment to public safety, the City will
remain steadfast – as always – in serving its citizens, carrying out critical functions and
prioritizing support functions, but will ask residents to conduct all City business electronically or
by phone, if possible, during the next two weeks. 

City Hall will remain open for personnel who are unable to work remotely, but residents with
required business should call the Hoptown Hotline at 270-887-4000 to determine how to best
handle specific processes. This line will not be open for COVID 19-related questions or
dissemination. 

The tax office drive-thru lane, located at 715 S. Virginia Street at the Municipal Building, will
also be accessible during regular business hours for City job and internship application
submissions, open-record drop-offs, etc. 

The City of Hopkinsville will be monitoring the situation daily during this two-week window and
will assess and re-evaluate restrictions beyond Monday, March 30. All necessary updates until
that time will be communicated on the City website, hoptown.org, and social media portals.

The City also recognizes its special duty to assist the public. During a community emergency,
City employees' responsibility to serve, maintain vital services and take protective measures for
themselves and their community is critical and will continue during this time.

“State and local governments are encouraged to take an active lead in implementing steps in
concert with President Trump’s declaration of national emergency and to protect the general
public,” said Hopkinsville Mayor Wendell Lynch, who asks that citizens remain calm, clean and
cooperative. “Our intent as the City of Hopkinsville is to do so through calm, measured actions
that both protect and keep the public informed, while emphasizing the seriousness of the
COVID-19 threat.” 

Community and Development Services (CDS) and Human Rights Commission (HRC), which are
both housed inside the downtown Municipal Building, will also be limited in their face-to-face
interactions with the community. 

Residents with CDS-related questions and business should visit https://comdev-services.com to
determine specific and appropriate contact information, and/or call 270-887-4285 to make
appointments for permits and inspections. 

The Human Rights Commission can be reached at 270-887-4010 or by visiting
https://hrchopkinsville.org. 

In addition to the Municipal Building, all Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation indoor facilities,
including Thomas Street Recreation Center and Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex,
will be closed to the public until at least March 30. That includes all respective indoor walking,
events, tournaments, open play sessions and rentals. Call 270-887-4290 with any questions
related to those closures. 

Cognizant of public outlet during school closures and other COVID 19-related disruption, the
City will keep outdoor parks, playgrounds and the Hopkinsville Greenway Rail Trail accessible
during the day, but all park-run leagues, reservations and organized events (on fields and at
pavilions) are canceled. As a reminder, the act of social distancing is recommended and mass
gatherings in park facilities remain discouraged. 

A press conference will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday inside the Municipal Building’s City Council
Chambers (715 South Virginia Street, Hopkinsville, KY 42240), with representatives from City of
Hopkinsville, Christian County Fiscal Court, Hopkinsville Police Department, Hopkinsville
Fire/EMS, Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Christian County Health Department and Christian
County Emergency Management on hand to provide updates and answer questions from the
media. No further statements will be made, unless necessary, until Monday’s press event. 

The press conference will be streamed live on the City of Hopkinsville Facebook page and
website, hoptown.org. In the interest of safety and discouragement of unnecessary mass
gatherings, Monday’s event is closed to the public. 

In regard to COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) has asked citizens to stay aware
of the latest information on the outbreak, available on the WHO website and through national
and local public health authorities. 

Local businesses are encouraged to develop and implement measures that are appropriate for
their staff and workspace. 

In accordance with WHO and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the City of Hopkinsville will
continue its commitment to thorough sanitation and cleanliness throughout all offices and
facilities and asks the public to remain diligent in handwashing and limiting physical contact. 

For more information on COVID-19, visit KyCovid19.ky.us or call 1-800-722-5725. 

Please let us help you conduct business over the phone:
City Hall/Hoptown Hotline: 270-887-4000
Community and Development Services: 270-887-4285
Human Rights Commission: 270-887-4010
Parks and Recreation: 270-887-4290
Police: 270-890-1500 (business and non-emergency); 911 (emergency)
Fire/EMS: 270-890-1400
Christian County Sheriff: 270-887-4141
Hopkinsville Solid Waste: 270-887-6245
Christian County Fiscal Court: 270-887-4100
Hopkinsville Electric System: 270-887-0763
Hopkinsville Water Authority: 270-887-4246