Roanoke libraries, recreation centers to reopen to the public next week

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Based on the Roanoke adult population’s vaccination rate — which is over 50 percent at this time — and the current guidance from the CDC and Gov. Ralph Northam, city officials announced the reopening dates for several city facilities.

According to a statement released by the City of Roanoke on Wednesday, June 9, the city’s libraries and recreation centers will fully open to the public on Tuesday, June 15. Wiley Drive will also reopen to vehicular traffic that day, allowing for greater access to Smith Park.  

In addition, starting Tuesday, officials say face coverings will no longer be required in city facilities for those who have been fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, the City Council Chamber is set to resume open access for the public during the July 6 Roanoke City Council meeting.

“Vaccines are helping to reduce the number of new cases and their severity we are seeing locally. As more residents are vaccinated and as community members continue to use precautions such as wearing masks when in public, fewer cases of COVID-19 are being reported, and the number of people being hospitalized due to COVID has decreased,” the City of Roanoke said in Wednesday’s statement. “If you have not been vaccinated, please consider helping us fight this virus by protecting yourself and those who are not eligible to receive the vaccine.”

For more information about getting a vaccine, either call the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts hotline at (540) 613-6597 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or follow this link.

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