In his latest blog post, Mayor Friedberg discusses the rise of the COVID threat level to Severe and how that affects Bellaire’s services.

Mayor Andrew Friedberg

Mayor Friedberg

“The Library building is again closed to the public, but curbside pickup and online services are still available.  The Rec Center fitness room is closed, and all fitness classes are suspended until further notice.  The Bellaire Town Square Family Aquatic Center, which has been closed since last week pursuant to public health protocols after an employee there tested positive for COVID-19, will now not be reopening as originally planned.  Evergreen Pool and the Elaine Wood Therapy Pool will remain open for lap swimming and water therapy, by reservation only and subject to capacity limitations.  Bellaire L.I.F.E. seniors programming, including bingo, trivia, arts and crafts, puzzles and other engaging activities, will continue to be offered online only.

With strict adherence to our enhanced sanitization regimen and established safety precautions and procedures, Camp Paseo will remain open at a reduced enrollment capacity.  Things have been going very well so far and we’re pleased to be able to meet this need for many families in our community, while giving the kids a positive, even if modified summer experience.  Art Camp and Theater Camp are canceled until further notice, however.

We’ve also made the difficult decision to cancel entirely our signature Fourth of July Parade and Festival.  Parks and Recreation staff had come up with a workable plan to spread out the parade route from just under one mile to two and a half miles, the idea being to bring the parade to people rather than bringing people to the parade, while foregoing the festival portion on the Great Lawn this year.  Unfortunately, given the worsening situation and an understandably reduced participation rate, we’ve had to cancel the parade as well.

The City Council and boards and commissions resumed meeting in person—with the option for individual members and attendees to participate remotely—at the start of Phase III of the State’s reopening.  We’ll now be going back to telephonic meetings beginning with Council’s next Regular Session a week from tonight, and most likely for the foreseeable future.”

See the Mayors full blog post HERE.