Information & Updates on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
With the City of Temple falling under the mandatory “shelter in place” order issued by Bell County on March 23, most city services will continue to remain available to residents online and by phone, but non-essential services will no longer be provided by appointment. Essential services such as emergency response, trash pick-up and roadway repairs will continue to be performed as safely as possible. Click here to view the city's latest press release.
All City facilities remain closed to public walk-in traffic. The safety of our residents and staff is paramount, and by minimizing public contact and fully implementing social distancing guidelines, the City of Temple hopes to limit risk while continuing to provide the important services our citizens depend on. City facility closures include government buildings, museums, community centers, pools, recreation and rental facilities. For a detailed list of City facility closures, please click here.
Support Local Downtown Businesses
Inside dining at restaurants has been discontinued, but drive-thru, curbside, and delivery are still available from these downtown establishments that choose to offer this service.
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Community Resources are Available
The City of Temple will resume regular recycling operations on May 18 with the addition of new health and safety procedures.
On March 19, the City temporarily halted operations at its Recycling Transfer Facility to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. As a result, materials collected from residential curbside pickup were diverted to the landfill.
There is no change to residential pickup schedules. Residents are reminded to only place recyclable materials in their green recycling cart. A full list of recyclable materials can be found here: https://bit.ly/3dq1PAj
Employees will be provided with respirators, gloves and will be trained on proper social distancing. Additional ventilation and a hand-washing sink will be installed at the facility.
Recycle Drop Off Center #1 at 3015 Bullseye Lane will also reopen. Recycle Drop Off Center #2, 602 Jack Baskin Drive, has remained open for residents to drop off materials at their convenience.
Please direct any questions to the Solid Waste Department by phone (254-298-5725) or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Temple Mayor Tim Davis declared a local state of disaster on Thursday, March 19, 2020. This disaster declaration will allow the City of Temple to request disaster recovery assistance from the federal government. The local declaration incorporates by reference the most current orders, declarations and directives issues by Bell County’s Judge and Commissioners Court. On March 24, 2020, the Temple City Council extended the Mayor's disaster declaration for as long as necessary due to the COVID-19 crisis.
On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a national emergency, which provides that eligible emergency protective measures taken to respond to COVID-19 at the direction or guidance of public health officials may be reimbursed under Category B of FEMA’s public assistance program. Even though the president, the Governor of Texas and the Bell County Judge have each declared a state of disaster, state regulations provide that the mayor must declare a local state of disaster before a city may request disaster recovery assistance.
Cleaning of City Buildings/Staff Protection
On Thursday, March 12, City of Temple custodial staff began implementing additional cleaning procedures in all city facilities, to include spraying all public entry way door handles & knobs with an alcohol based, hospital type disinfectant. In addition, custodians and departmental employees have increased the use of foaming disinfectant cleaners as well as disinfecting wipes on commonly touched solid surfaces.
Guidance has been sent to all city departments about proper handwashing techniques while on the job. Facility personnel are also providing hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to city staff to use at their workstations when requested.
Temple Fire & EMS Protocol Updates
When residents call 911, Bell County Communications will be asking a series of screening questions to help determine if the patient is at risk of having COVID-19. If those questions show a positive response, the following precautions will be taken:
- Only responders required to properly handle the call will be dispatched.
- The first emergency response agency to arrive will have one crew member enter the building and take precautions to minimize the possibility of virus transmission.
- The patient will be evaluated, and if further responders are required for proper care, they will enter the building.
- The patient will be transported to the appropriate medical facility if needed after consultation with Medical Control Physicians.
- The patient will be transported using the proper protective measures.
- After treatment/transport is completed, any equipment used will be disinfected per established protocols.
The Fire Chief/Emergency Manager will continue to monitor the situation and if further action is required by CDC/Public Health guidance, the department will take the appropriate actions to assure they are followed.
Temple Police Protocol Updates
The Temple Police Department is encouraging its employees to follow the CDC’s recommendations for personal hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The department is increasing sanitation efforts throughout its building, including areas where there is a high rate of public contact. Additionally, officers have been encouraged to routinely sanitize their vehicles and equipment. Officers have also been issued gloves and masks to protect themselves and those they come in contact with.
While public schools remain closed, TPD will allocate its School Resource Officers to patrol shopping districts to prevent and respond to potential issues. The department encourages residents to remain patient and calm while shopping. For the next four weeks, TPD will not hold any educational classes or community events. This measure will be revisited as the situation continues to unfold. Fingerprinting services for the public are also suspended until further notice.
To reduce instances of in-person contact, residents are encouraged to use the department’s online reporting system by clicking the “Report a Crime” tab on the Police Department’s website, www.templetx.gov/police. Residents should be aware that the department’s social media accounts are not monitored on a 24/7 basis and that the department cannot take reports that are submitted via social media messages.
Municipal Court Updates
While Municipal Court proceedings have been cancelled following guidance from the Texas Supreme Court, the Municipal Court clerk’s office remains open. Future court schedules are still being determined. Residents are asked to call or email the court remotely in order to get the most up to date information about their case.
Due to health concerns regarding in-person court appearances, the Temple Municipal Court will begin accepting appearance by email, fax or letter. Requests by email, fax or letter should be postmarked or received by the scheduled court date. Please include all information available to you regarding your case. All those scheduled to appear must call to confirm receipt of your communication.
• Call the court at 254-298-5687
• Email email@example.com
• Fax the court at 254-773-4301
Local, State and Federal Updates
City of Temple Press Releases
Bell County Shelter in Place Order (3.23.20)
City facilities, events and programs that have been closed, cancelled or postponed:
All city-sponsored events have been cancelled, which includes Bloomin’ Temple scheduled for April.
All events held at City rental facilities will be cancelled, including the Mayborn Convention Center, Gober Party House, and the city’s sports fields.
Zone After-School Program is closed.
The City of Temple will be postponing meetings for the Police Chief Community Open House.
The May 2020 Parks Bond Election has been cancelled.
Playgrounds, basketball courts, volleyball courts, pavilions and gazebos located within the city's parks will be closed until further notice. You may still visit the parks and trails green spaces, but please ensure that you follow social distancing guidelines.
Sammons Golf Course will reopen on Friday, May 1, in accordance with the Phase 1 reopenings authorized by the Executive Order issued on April 27, 2020. Visit their website at golfsammons.com or call 254-771-2030 for more information.
For a detailed list of City facility closures, please click here.
PREPARE YOUR BUSINESS FOR A POTENTIAL COVID-19 OUTBREAK
- Tell sick employees to stay home
- Stress the importance of healthy behaviors
- Perform routine cleaning and sanitizing
- Prepare to support “social distancing”