City to increase COVID-19 safety precautions at facilities

Effective Monday, January 3, the City of Lawrence will increase COVID-19 safety precautions at City facilities.

The decision to make adjustments comes in response to the recent increase in cases and Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health’s community transmission indicator turning from yellow to red.

Visitors to City facilities should be aware of additional safety procedures and precautions to help protect community members and City employees. Masks are mandatory for anyone over the age of two and, where applicable, there will be signs at facility entrances alerting visitors to specific safety precautions. For more information, a list of phone numbers is included below and the City’s web page is available at

Town hall and edge of the town hall will remain open to the public, but people are strongly encouraged to make payments and submit forms online or by email, mail or phone rather than visiting city buildings in person. The utility billing webpage with online or telephone payment options is linked here and the planning and development webpage is here.

Leisure facilities will temporarily suspend general practice and free play. Programs programmed in these facilities will be limited and the cleaning of the facilities will be reinforced. Please contact the appropriate institution for more information; phone numbers are listed below.

the winter emergency shelter will remain open with additional precautions.

For more information on the city’s full coronavirus response, please visit our website: You can also call City Hall at 785-832-3000 if you have questions about the status of city services and facilities.

Contact: Porter Arneill, Director of Communications and Creative Resources, | (785) 832-3402

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Susan W. Lloyd