The City of Killeen will begin the reopening process Monday, June 1, rolling out openings of facilities such as City Hall, recreation and activities centers, and pools.

City Hall and other city business offices will open Monday with social distancing measures and capacity limitations in place for safety. Utility Collections will offer services at its lobby windows, while still offering drive-through lanes for customer safety and convenience. Of course, online services remain available as well.

The Killeen Police Department's lobby will be open from 9 AM to 4 PM every day, but people are asked to conduct non-emergency business via phone, email, or the department's website when possible. KPD will not be offering non-essential services such as fingerprinting and background checks for the time being.

Visitors to all these facilities are asked to wear masks, and in fact will be required to wear one in the police department lobby.

The Killeen Civic and Conference Center's business offices will reopen Monday, and event hosting will resume at 20% occupancy.

The Main Library will be open from 9:30 AM to 6 PM Monday through Saturday with limited occupancy and services. Public computers will be made available, but will be limited, and guests will be restricted to one hour of use per day. Regular in-person programming is suspended at the library until further notice. The Copper Mountain branch is undergoing maintenance, but is expected to reopen on June 12.

Outdoor basketball goals are being reinstalled June 1, but indoor open play will remain suspended until further notice.

Long Branch Pool is scheduled to open the week of June 8. The Family Aquatics Center is scheduled to open in July, but the City of Killeen has not yet specified a date. The Spray Park remains closed until further notice.

The Killeen Community Center will remain closed until mid-June.

Back on May 18, the Lions Club Park Family Recreation Center opened with modified hours and services. Fitness classes were moved to the Senior Center. (Note: Senior Centers in the City of Killeen will remain closed to usual activities to protect the vulnerable until further notice.)

Recycling in Killeen also resumed on May 18 at the Killeen Recycling Center and Killeen Transfer Station. Recycling trailers were set up at the Clear Creek water tower, 6520 Clear Creek Road, and the Killeen Rodeo Grounds, 3201 S. WS Young Drive. We've had reports of these facilities not always being opened, so you might try calling (254) 554-7572 in advance of hauling any recyclables to them.

Texas opening up can be a positive thing if we remain responsible and conscientious. That means keeping hygiene and safety top of mind, and wearing masks whenever possible to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community as much as we can.