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Recreational Swimming begins July 1 at HAC.

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The Arbor - July 2020.

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Director of Parks and Recreation, Gerry Bradley retires.

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“Front Porch Project” photographer - UP 2020 Citizen of the Year.  

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COVID-19 Updates and Information

July 10, 2020

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Notification from Dallas County on COVID-19 positive cases in UP - July 10

Dallas County Health and Human Services has notified the City that as of July 10, a total of 55 University Park residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since reporting began in March. There have been 8 new cases reported since July 7. Respecting individual privacy, this is the only information being released at this time.

Please note, case totals are supplied to the County through hospital reports. Dallas County does not track or report on those who have recovered from the virus. 

For more information and the latest data from the County, click here.

Notification from the County of total positive COVID-19 cases in UP (March to Current Date)
 
Date Total DCHHS positive cases in UP
3/24/2020 8
3/31/2020 12
4/28/2020 25
5/29/2020 26
6/30/2020 38
7/3/2020 43
7/7/2020 47
7/10/2020 55

Governor signs Executive Order requiring use of facial coverings - June 2

Governor Greg Abbott's Executive Order requires all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity, building or public space wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household.  The Order takes effect at noon on July 3.

A few specifics:
 
  • Does not apply to children younger than 10 years of age
  • Does not apply when people are consuming food and drink, or are seated at a restaurant
  • Does not apply when people are exercising outdoors and are maintaining a safe distance from other people not in the same household
  • Does not apply to anyone who is in a swimming pool, lake, or similar body of water
  • Does not apply to Counties with less than 20 positive COVID-19 cases

To read the full Order, click here.

Proclamation reducing limit on outdoor gatherings

Governor Abbott also issued a proclamation prohibiting any outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people unless approved by the mayor of the city in which the gathering is being held.


Governor Abbott closes bars and orders restaurants to return to 50% capacity - June 26

Governor Greg Abbott has announced that the State of Texas will pause any further phases to open Texas as the state responds to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Businesses that are permitted to open under the previous phases can continue to operate at the designated occupancy levels.
 
  • All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages closed on June 26.  These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. 
  • On Monday, June 29 restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy.

For more details, click here.

Social distancing at City facilities 

In line with the Governor's July 2 Executive Order, for your health and to maintain the health of our workforce, City employees are continuing to practice social distancing. Accordingly, access to City buildings is limited. 
 
  • City Hall - Face coverings must be worn.  Masks are available for those who enter the lobby and the 24 hour entrance. Visitors are encouraged to speak with desired staff by cell phone or by appointment. Of course, public walk-up access to our 911 Call Center remains available day or night.
  • Peek Service Center - Front doors will continued to be locked during business hours. Visitors are encouraged to set appointments with staff.  Masks must be worn inside the Peek Service Center.  If you do not have one, masks will be provided.
  • University Park Public Library - Masks must be worn inside the facility.  Masks are available for those who do not have them.  Curbside service is still available.
  • Municipal Court - Wednesday Night Court remains suspended, the Court Window at City Hall continues to be staffed. 
  • 2525 University Transfer Station - Masks must worn inside the building.  Masks will be provided for those who do not have them. 
  • Other Services - Fire Department: Station tours, birthday parties and child safety seat installations remain suspended. Police Department: Fingerprinting and station tours remain suspended.

Holmes Aquatic Center - 2020 Pool Season details
 
The Holmes Aquatic Center is now offering recreational swimming with all pool amenities.  For more details on services, fees and guidelines, click here.

Note:  All aquatics programs for the 2020 pool season have been canceled.  These include: swim lessons, swim team, senior swim, Dive In movies, library story time, Doggie Splash Day, and all onsite parties.

UP Public Library has reopened
 

UP Public Library is open.  In conjunction with best-practices for limiting the spread of COVID-19, for your safety and for the safety of our staff, here are things you need to know before coming to the library about our occupancy limit, the reservation process and our cleaning practices:
 

  • Onsite use of the library is for University Park residents only.
  • Because no more than 50 people will be allowed inside the library at any one time, phone reservations are recommended before you and your family visit.
  • Reservations can be made by phone at 214-363-9095, Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
  • Once you have made a reservation, please make every effort to be on time.
  • Everyone who visits onsite will be allowed to stay for up to 45 minutes at a time. 
  • You will be asked to sign in as you begin your 45 minute visit.
  • If the 50-person limit is reached, those who have been onsite the longest will be asked to conclude their visit. 
  • At 45 minutes past each hour, visitors will be instructed to vacate the building so that library staff can clean and disinfect all touchable surfaces.
  • Face masks shall be worn by everyone 10 years and older.  Face masks will be available for those who don't have them.

Changes to amenities
 
  • You can reserve one of three study tables in the main portion of the library for up to 45 minutes at a time, but our study rooms are still closed to the public.
  • The magazine reading room is open, but seating will be limited to one person at a time.
  • All public computers have been removed, including all catalog touch-screens. Please download the library app UPTXLIB to access the catalog from your mobile device both at home and in the library.

Curbside Service is still available
 
  • Curbside Service is available to all library card holders.  Just place your items on hold as you normally would by either using our online catalog, calling the library at 214-363-9095, or using the library’s app UPTXLIB.
  • Curbside Service is available from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
  • When your items are ready, a library staff member will call you.  Please wait for the phone call before coming to the library for your items.  A text or email from the library may not mean that your items are ready for pick up.
  • When you pull to the curb in front of the library’s entrance, call us at 214-363-9095 to let us know that you are here. Please do not leave a message. Please have your trunk or hatch open and remain inside your vehicle.
  • Library staff is available for phone requests and research assistance on Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Books, movies, and other materials are still available to check out and can be picked up via Curbside Service during the same hours.
  • Books may be returned in the library’s downstairs book return drop.
  • Items without holds will still be automatically renewed.

As the summer progresses, the City will continue to evaluate library services and the return to more normal procedures and amenities.  

City Playgrounds are now open
 
The City has reopened all playgrounds.  Prior to that step, Parks and Recreation Department crews disinfected all playground equipment.  Athletic training activities in City parks has also resumed.  In keeping with health and safety recommendations, the City requests that exercise groups limit their size and that all individuals continue to practice social distancing even while enjoying our playgrounds.