The city of Lakeland is reopening some of its facilities over the next two weeks, starting with City Hall today and spreading to libraries, pools and the skatepark on June 1. Here’s a summary:

CITY HALL: Visitors are asked to use the Iowa Street entrance and wear masks in the building. A screening procedure includes answering two questions about travel and health conditions and having their temperature taken. Masks will be provided for those who don’t have one. Public meetings will continue to be conducted remotely and available to be viewed online. | Details and Fox13 News video

PARKS: In addition to the trails and parks that have already opened, June 1 reopenings are planned for the Gandy Pool, Simpson Park Pool and the Lakeland Skate Park in Fletcher Park at Lake Bonny. Protocols for using those facilities are being drafted, City Manager Tony Delgado told city commissioners Friday.

Still closed: gyms, recreation centers, athletic fields, outdoor basketball courts, picnic pavilions, restrooms, and playgrounds. Those await an order from Gov. Ron DeSantis initiating Phase II reopening, city officials say | Details

LIBRARIES: Starting today, library patrons can drive up to all three city libraries for curbside pickup of items placed on reserve. Also starting today: walkup services, including copying, faxing, providing government forms such as tax forms and unemployment applications. Plans are being made to open libraries to the public on June 1 | Details

YARD WASTE: Starting today, yard waste pickup returns to normal schedules. Yard waste will be picked up on the same day as household garbage and recycling | Details

LAKELAND ELECTRIC: The utility is offering payment plans for customers who need them; contact Lakeland Electric at 863-834-9535 by June 15. Disconnects for nonpayment of bills are suspended until June 15; late fees are suspended until Oct. 1. Customer service hours have been expanded to Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m. The lobby and dropboxes remain closed. | Details

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