Following the latest guidelines from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and the South Heartland District Health Department, the city of Hastings temporarily is closing certain city buildings to the public starting Monday in an effort to avoid potential exposures of COVID-19.
In most cases, city services will be available via phone, online or at a drive-through window.
The City Building, 220 N. Hastings Ave., will be closed to public foot traffic effective on Monday, but services are still available via phone at 402-461-2309 and at the drive-through window on the east side.
The Hastings Utilities business office still is closed due to construction, but customers can pay their bills online by going to https://www.cityofhastings.org/departments/utilities/pay-my-bill/ or by dropping a payment off at one of the several drop boxes across the city. Utilities customers also can use the drive-through at the City Building for cash payments requiring a receipt from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Hastings Public Library will be closed effective Monday until further notice. Due dates will be extended for items that are checked out, and free books will be available to pick up from newspaper bins located in the alley.
Lockers, also in the alley, still are available for contactless book reservation pick-up.
All programs and early literacy story times will continue to remain online through the end of the year on the library’s Facebook Page.
The digital library still is available to access digital media such as ebooks, audiobooks and the information directory at http://hastings
The Hastings Museum also will close on Monday until further notice, as the city works to encourage social distancing under guidelines from health officials. Digital activities are available at https://hastingsmuseum.org/.
The Hastings Parks and Recreation Community Center also will close to the public on Monday until further notice. Bookings with the City Auditorium will follow the latest directed health measures issued by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
The lobbies for Hastings Fire and Rescue will be closed starting on Monday, but emergency services will be available. Non-emergency business can be conducted via phone at 402-461-2350. Online applications for burn permits can be found under the Prevention, Safety & Education tab at https://www.cityofhastings.org/fire/.
The Hastings Police Department lobby remains open because it allows for proper separation, and masks are required.