It appears we’re going back where we were with coronavirus restrictions.

The City of Greensboro announced on Thursday, Jan. 14 that, beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 19, some city offices will be operating at reduced hours, which will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The city is encouraging people not to visit city facilities at all and instead use the city website, email, the phone and even old-fashioned snail mail to conduct city business, if at all possible.

The city’s trash and recycling collections will not be affected by this change and will continue to operate on the current schedule. The Water Resources Department, the Parks and Recreation Department and Workforce Development will continue operating on the current schedule.

The Greensboro Police Department will limit its public facilities to the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. operating hours.  This includes the police headquarters building as well as substations.  The Police Department itself, of course, operates 24/7 and that will not be affected.

The Greensboro Public Library branches will continue to offer computer services by appointment, during the reduced operating hours.  Each branch is also offering curbside pickup for holds.  The Central Library will offer Grab & Go service during the reduced hours.  People are allowed to place up to 10 items on hold by using the library website or calling a branch.  Items can be picked up at a neighborhood branch.

In the press release, City Manager David Parrish said, “Following the holidays, Guilford County has seen a drastic rise in COVID-19 cases and a steady climb in the positivity rate.  Because of this, it is imperative we reduce our operating hours and limit exposure for both our residents and our City staff.  This allows many City employees to reduce contact and helps create a safer environment.  Residents will not see any change to our services during this time, and we will continue doing everything we can to keep our residents healthy and safe.”

The reduced operating hours will be in effect indefinitely.