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Based on the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the Reno County Health Department (RCHD) and the White House’s “15 Days to Slow the Spread,” the City of Hutchinson is continuing to be proactive in its efforts to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic locally.
Effective March 18th, the following City facilities will be closed to the public:
The Zoo, Golf Course, and City parks are not being closed at this time, although buildings are being closed to the public; this may be re-evaluated if any positive COVID-19 cases are reported in Reno County. Status of golf tournaments and zoo programs will be announced on a case by case basis as they approach.
“We are acting out of an abundance of caution based on the guidance of community health experts,” said John Deardoff, City Manager. “We are committed to continuing our service to the people of Hutchinson. Our facilities may be closed to the public, but we are very much open for business. We are working to find innovative solutions that allow things to continue as smoothly as possible under these unprecedented circumstances.”
The City is encouraging water utility customers to use the following services to pay utility bills, however, utilities will not be disconnected for non-payment between now and April 15th.
To talk with a customer service representative, call 620-694-2621 between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Our rental facilities including the Homebuilders Shelter, Rice Park Community Building, Memorial Hall, and the Hutchinson Zoo Educational Building will be closed through May 13th. Those who have reservations for an event at one of our facilities between now and then will receive a full refund due to the cancellation.
We are working on the best way to continue daily business such as permits, inspections and pet adoptions. We will share more information as it is available. In the meantime, please feel free to call city offices.
Non-essential City boards and committee meetings will likely be cancelled through March. We appreciate your patience as we navigate the situation and ask you to watch for updates as it continues to be fluid.
For questions or concerns about any of these closures or changes, please call City Hall at (620) 694-2611.