City of Richmond COVID-19 Updates
COVID-19 Update: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
The City of Richmond has closed the Gibson Bay Golf Course, effective for two weeks. The closing will be reassessed at that time and may remain closed if needed.
COVID-19 Update: Thursday, March 19, 2020 – 4:30 p.m.
In our continuing effort to protect our employees and the public from the spread of COVID-19 the following Department closures will begin Monday March 23rd for two weeks:
Administration – The City Manager and select staff will continue to work from City Hall.
Codes Enforcement and Planning & Zoning – Board Meetings have been canceled for the rest of the month. Building Inspectors and Codes Enforcement Officers will continue to get their daily schedules remotely and work essential requests. Two employees will continue to work in City Hall to keep necessary business moving.
Gibson Bay Golf – Pro Shop, Café and Lobby will be closed. Players are advised to book and pay for tee times online.
Gibson Bay Grounds – Staff will work as needed to maintain the golf course.
Parks & Recreation – Office will be closed and staff can be called in as needed. The Department also has the resources needed to work from home.
Parks Grounds – Department will be closed but park gates will still be opened and closed daily. Staff may be called in pending weather to mow grass and empty trash cans.
Police Department – Lobby closed but on duty.
Fire Department – All fire station lobbies are closed but on duty.
Finance – Finance Director and select staff will continue to work from City Hall.
IT – A staff person will be available each weekday.
Public Works – Department will be closed but select staff are on call to empty trash cans, pick up piles of tree limbs or repair roads.
Recycling – Closed for two weeks. Citizens are advised to store their recyclables or drop off. Select staff will come in as needed to clean out drop off bins and bail recyclables.
Vehicle Maintenance – Department will be closed but select staff will be on call to Public Safety Departments and have the ability to call staff for support.
RIDC – RIDC Executive Director will continue working from City Hall.
Tourism – Department closed but select staff can be called in as needed.
Section 8 Housing – Public access to the Section 8 office is closed and no home visits or inspections will occur.
Richmond Utilities – Public access is limited. Customers are advised to pay their bills through the online or phone option, or via the night drop box located at the Richmond Utilities office. New accounts can be set up through phone.
COVID-19 Update: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – 4:30 p.m.
Beginning Wednesday, March 18:
- City Hall lobby will be closed to the public
- A dropbox has been installed outside City Hall for payment drop-offs – the dropbox will be checked daily during weekday business hours.
- Richmond Police Department lobby will be closed to the public
- Accident reports and other filings can be completed online
- All Richmond Fire Department stations will be closed to the public except in an emergency
- Richmond Utilities is limiting access to their lobby
- Customers are encouraged to use the online or phone option or overnight dropbox (check and money orders only) to pay bills
- New customers can call and be guided through account setup
COVID-19 Update: Monday, March 16, 2020 – 3:00 p.m.
The City of Richmond has canceled Code Enforcement Board and Planning & Zoning Commission meetings for the remainder of March. We will revisit the schedule at the beginning of April.
COVID-19 Update: Monday, March 16, 2020 – 10:00 a.m.
Madison County, City of Berea and City of Richmond have declared a state of emergency for COVID-19 Response
March 16, 2020 (Richmond, KY)-On March 16, 2020, Madison County, City of Berea, and City of Richmond have declared a joint state of emergency to further prepare and respond to COVID-19.
“With the nature of the challenges before us, the declaration is necessary in order to give us flexibility that we need to serve the people of Richmond. This allows us to efficiently cover as many bases as possible to protect the health and safety of our citizens,” stated Mayor Robert Blythe.
At the time of the release of this press release, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Madison County. This situation is fluid and we continue to follow the guidance of the Governor’s Office, Center for Disease Control, and the Madison County Health Department.
We encourage all citizens to continue to follow guidance of health officials in order to reduce the risk of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
For information on COVID-19 and ways you can reduce your risk of exposure, visit:
- Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Kentucky Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 site: https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/pages/covid19.aspx.
- Commonwealth of Kentucky’s COVID-19 hotline number is 1-800-722-5725.
COVID-19 Update: Friday, March 13, 2020 – 5:00 p.m.
The City of Richmond is actively monitoring the ongoing situation around COVID-19. We are continuing to follow the lead of the Madison County Health Department and the Governor’s Office. Recently, leadership from Madison County government, City of Berea, and City of Richmond worked with the Madison County Health Department to create a Public Service Announcement on COVID-19. You can watch that here:
The City Manager is meeting with Department Heads as needed to determine any new plans that may be required as the situation progresses. Plans are fluid and decisions are subject to change.
As of now, there are no changes to the delivery of daily city services and our operations will be routine. This includes:
- Regularly scheduled Commission meetings – Commission meetings are on regular schedule. However, we strongly encourage anyone who is over 60 or has underlying health conditions, per the Center for Disease Control recommendations, to instead view our meetings via our Facebook livestream. These meetings will remain open to the public and, if you attend, we recommend practicing social distancing and hand-washing to help prevent community spread.
- Other Board meetings (Planning & Zoning, Codes Enforcement, etc.) – these meetings will be held as regularly scheduled, but are subject to change at any time. Board members of their respective committees will be notified of any changes that occur, and a public announcement will be posted on our Facebook page.
- City lobbies – The Richmond Utilities, Richmond Police Department, and City Hall Finance department will continue to take payments and/or records requests in person in their respective lobbies. You may see employees who interact with the public in these lobbies wearing gloves and masks; please understand that this is a precautionary measure only.
- Public safety calls – The Richmond Police and Fire Departments are taking extra precaution regarding hand-washing and close contact with individuals as they interact with the public frequently.
- Public parks – The City’s system of parks will remain open at this time. If you are using our parks, please practice social distancing and frequent hand-washing to prevent community spread.
For the most up-to-date information, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services have set up a hotline (1-800-722-5725) and a website: www.kycovid19.ky.gov. The Center for Disease Control has updated information on their website as well: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
The City of Richmond will notify the public with any changes to our operations.