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St. Clair Shores changes building hours in response to virus spike

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published November 20, 2020

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The city of St. Clair Shores is making changes to protect the health and safety of its employees and residents in compliance with the latest orders from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Epidemic Order. 

Beginning Nov. 19, the west entrance to City Hall has been closed and visitors can use the entrance off the parking lot on the east side of the building. No more than 10 people are allowed in the lobby of City Hall at one time and residents are encouraged to use the dropbox in front of City Hall, mail their payments or make payments online at scsmi.net.

The St. Clair Shores Public Library has also reduced its hours and limited capacity from Nov. 23 to Dec. 9. The library will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The reading lounge, Local History Center and Selinsky-Green Farmhouse Museum are closed until further notice. Study and meeting rooms are also unavailable for use. 

Residents only who wish to use computers for internet access must make a reservation. Reservations are available Monday-Thursday at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., or Friday-Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Building capacity is limited to 25% but curbside appointments are also available by calling (586) 771-9020. 

The St. Clair Shores Senior Activity Center and Fitness Center are now closed, as well, and all group classes — including those held at the Blossom Heath Beach House — are now canceled. The Civic Arena ice areas have been closed, as well. 

The city is looking to provide residents with some activities and services, however. Senior meals will continue for curbside pickup, transportation on the city’s SMART bus to medical appointments and for shopping is available, although capacity is limited. The golf course will continue its regular fall operation. 

According to the press release from the city, residents are encouraged to continue practicing social distancing, wearing masks and following recommended health and safety protocols. City officials did not have a specific end date for the majority of the changes being made.

For more information, visit scsmi.net.

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