Update: Limited opening of City Hall to now include Water Department
The City of Shawnee is opening up offices in a limited fashion. We continue to take our responsibility to our citizens' well-being very seriously. We have reopened access to the water department for in person payments. One can access the department through the northern entrance, which is same entrance to reach the Police department. There are markings on the ground to indicate acceptable distancing to best preserve the health of your fellow citizens.
We apologize for any inconvenience that interrupts your personal business with the city, or interferes with any recreational activities that you had come to enjoy or anticipated to participate in during this shutdown. Business can still be conducted online, and our phone lines are still active.
Please continue to take care of yourselves. This virus is transmitted by respiratory particulates - it travels in the air from the mouth and nose of those infected. To combat this, practice social distancing - remain at least 6 feet away from others.
It is strongly encouraged that you wear a mask if you have to go out into a publicly accessible building. Unless you have something like an N95 mask, which is designed to filter out 95% of airborne particulates, wearing masks that are not is not primarily intended to protect you from others, but to protect others from you.
With that in mind, be considerate to those you come into contact with. While it is true that the majority of those who come into contact with this virus will not face life-threatening symptoms, they may frequently be in contact with someone who is higher risk. We strongly encourage that each individual shows courtesy to their fellow man by trying each individuals exposure.
Continue to disinfect common surfaces, including doorknobs. Also consider disinfecting your cell phone and other commonly used devices. (Research safe methods to disinfect electronics)
As always, practice good hygiene: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if you do not have immediate access to soap and water. Avoid touching your face with your hands. This is something each one of us should do anyway!