Arab Mayor Bob Joslin told the Arab City Council Monday night that facilities and offices within the city are beginning to open back up, but with precautions.

The library reopened Monday with visible dividers.

“Right now, we’re still not allowing use of the computers or printers,” Joslin said. “People can still check out a book but when they return it, the book is actually isolated for several hours and sanitized before it goes back on the shelf.”

Restrictions also continue at Arab Recreation Center, where you can walk but you can’t play basketball due to the sharing of equipment.

The parks are open for individuals, but you must maintain social distancing if you use any of the sports fields, tennis or volleyball courts.

Joslin said opening the city swimming pool and splash pad is still a “wait and see” situation.

“If and when we get the green light to open that up, it will take one to two weeks to properly clean and sanitize the pool for use,” he said. “But right now, social distancing would be near impossible in the pool.”

The Arab Senior Center remains closed but meals are being provided for several seniors, a service that was halted at one time during the crisis.

Arab City Hall is now open with glass dividers.

“If someone needs to make an appointment for a business license or maybe a building permit they can call ahead and make arrangements for our people to meet them in the lobby for that,” Joslin said.

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