Thank you for visiting our COVID-19 Communications page. We will be updating this page daily as situations change.
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Parks, Centennial Commons and Community Center
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the availability of staff to perform essential services, the City has suspended all mulch services until further notice.
City Manager Gregory Rose has announced that trails, tennis courts and general areas of parks will reopen on Friday, May 1st. However, basketball courts, athletic fields, pavilions, golf course, community center and Centennial Commons Recreation Center will remain closed until further notice.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the following park facilities continue to remain closed until further notice.
- Athletic Fields (Closed for general use. Permits may be issued for organized use.)
- Ackert Park Playground
- Eastgate Park Playground
- Flynn Park Playground
- Kaufman Park Playground
- Kingsland Park Playground
- Lewis Park Playground
- Majerus Park Playground
- Metcalfe Park Playground
- Mooney Park Playground
- Rabe Park Playground
The City has received approval from the St. Louis County Health Department to start opening playgrounds. Select playgrounds within the City are scheduled to be phased in for opening over the next several months.
Park Maintenance Crews will be cleaning and/or disinfecting the playgrounds a minimum of two (2) times per week; However, to further help limit the risk of disease transmission: 1) The City will limit use of playground equipment to daylight hours only (7 AM to dusk, daily); 2) Will require the wearing of face masks with the exception on children at play; 3) Require that all users maintain a minimum of 6 feet of social distancing from others; and 4) Will encourage park patrons to use disposable disinfectant wipes or other suitable and commercially available/ registered disinfectant products to perform spot cleaning in areas of concern should they so desire. The following playgrounds are open:
- Heman Park
- Fogerty Park
- Millar Park
Ruth Park Golf Course and driving range are now open.The golf course will be open 6:00 am to sunset for walking only. Push carts will be available. Tee times can be reserved by calling 314-727-4800 by Mastercard or Visa only. No cash will be taken. The club house will be closed and restrooms will be located in the main parking lot. Online starting times will be taken but you will still need to call the golf shop for payment. Flagsticks are to remain in at all times and cups have been inverted for easy ball retrieval. Ball washers and drinking water will not be available on the course (coolers or fountains).
Recreation Programs and Events
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the availability of staff, the Summer Day Camp program has been canceled for 2020. The Heman Park Pool will not be opened this summer. Centennial Commons remains closed as well.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the following recreation facilities continue to remain closed until further notice.
- Centennial Commons
- Community Center
- Heman Pool
The dog park is open. No more than 10 people will be allowed in the dog park at one time.
No Yard Waste Stickers Needed
Due to the COVID-19, the City of University City City Hall is closed to the public. With this situation, the City is not requiring the City Yard Waste Sticker on any brown biodegradable bags. When you have your leaves and/or grass clippings in the biodegradable bags, just place them at the front curb on your normal trash/recycling service day. The Public Works Department is not requiring residents to call into schedule yard waste collection. Are your trees shedding their leaves early? You don’t have to wait for the Fall Leaf Collection, just bag your leaves in the biodegradable bags.
Drop Off and Pick Up Hours
Due to the Current COVID -19 Crises, effective March 25, 2020, the Planning & Development Department will only accommodate the drop off and pick up of all permits and applications during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. These measures are being implemented due to the closure of City Hall. All drop off’s and pickups will be located at a temporary station at the former police station east side entrance of City Hall. If you have any questions please contact the Planning & Development Department at 314-505-8500. Applicants should provide a photocopy ID and appropriate authorization documentation with the packet. If you choose to pay by check please include it with your application or if you choose to pay by credit card staff will contact you once the application is entered to collect payment via telephone.
Small Business Assistance Program
The City has established a COVID-19 Business Resource Page with information for restaurants and other businesses regarding regional and national funding assistance information. The City is also exploring ways to assist on a local level. For more information, contact Clifford Cross, Director of Planning and Economic Development, email@example.com or (314) 505-8516.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the University City Municipal Division dockets have been postponed. Notice of your new court date will be mailed to the address on file with the court. The Court office is closed to the public. Updates can be checked on Municourt.net. For further information please visit the
UNIVERSITY CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY REOPENS, WITH LIMITATIONS
University City Public Library has reopened its doors to the public, allowing patrons to use computers and browse the Library collection for short periods of time.
UCPL is allowing up to 20 people into the building at a time. All seating, aside from the chairs used at the computers, has been removed from the Library, and patrons are allowed up to one hour in the building at a time. By St. Louis County regulations, all patrons are required to wear masks. If a visitor does not have a mask, UCPL has supplies of masks on offer.
The Library has also instituted temporary limits on computer time, which allows staff members to thoroughly clean the public computers after each use. Patrons can use computers during one session per day, for up to 60 minutes. Session times are listed here:
(open 11 a.m.-7 p.m.)
(open 1-5 p.m.)
For those that have wifi-enabled devices, the Library’s wireless internet network has been extended, and is now accessible in the parking lot. Printing is available by sending printable attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Curbside service will continue while the building is open. Please call 314-727-3150 when you arrive to let staff prepare your items for curbside delivery.
UCPL staff will not take returns handed to them, as all returned items are quarantined for at least 96 hours. No overdue fines will be accrued during quarantine time. The two outside bookdrops and one inside bookdrop will be available for returns, including DVDs and CDs.
For questions about UCPL's plans going forward, please don't hesitate to contact us at 314-727-3150.
Daily COVID-19 Updates
October 23, 2020
As the holiday season approaches, be sure to keep yourself and those around you safe by avoiding large crowds or gatherings. In communities where there may be events of this nature, please consider the following:
- A gathering refers to a planned or spontaneous event, indoors or outdoors, with a small number of people participating or a large number of people in attendance such as a community event or gathering, concert, festival, conference, parade, wedding, or sporting event.
- The more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19 spreading.
- The higher the level of community transmission in the area that the gathering is being held, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spreading during a gathering.
- The size of an event or gathering should be determined based on state, local, territorial, or tribal safety laws and regulations.
- Organizers of any large, public gathering must submit a COVID-19 safety plan to DPH. Unless the plan is approved, the gathering is not permitted. Email to email@example.com
For additional information and recommendations from the CDC click here.
Buzz Westfall Center
The St. Louis County Department of Public Health has identified an additional six cases of COVID-19 among incarcerated individuals at the Buzz Westfall Justice Center, bringing the total number of positive cases discovered since Oct. 2 to 49.
Four of the six new cases were discovered in tests taken during the intake process and are not related to this month’s outbreak. Two of the new patients had been in the facility’s population when tested. All patients were isolated from the general jail population.
All of the facility’s approximately 900 incarcerated individuals have now been tested and many are being retested. Sixteen patients who tested positive in the first wave of testing have completed their isolation, are no longer infectious, and have been returned to the general population.
Most patients in the facility are asymptomatic. None who are symptomatic exhibit moderate or severe symptoms, and they are frequently evaluated by medical providers. Adjustments have been made to facilitate isolation in single cells for each patient who requires it.
On Oct. 2, an incarcerated patient tested positive during routine screening. The patient, who had previously tested negative for the disease, was transferred to the facility’s COVID unit. Employees of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health immediately began additional PCR testing of inmates and employees who had had contact with the patient.
Before that case, DPH had detected no evidence of transmission of the virus within the facility. All previous cases were traced to the transmission before the individual entered the facility.
To support our COVID patients’ connection to their families, the Community Liaison program was expanded to allow patients to allow Corrections Medicine to share a specific set of information with identified family members. Incarcerated patients have access to telephones at least twice daily, and facility employees are encouraging patients and close contacts to keep their families updated. Families of incarcerated individuals who would like more information are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-615-JAIL (5245) and ask for the Medical Community Liaison, who will address their concerns and facilitate communication with family members.
If I am concerned that I have coronavirus or may have been exposed, what do I do?
Contact the St. Louis County COVID-19 Hotline 24/7 at (314) 615-2660