March 23, 2020 UPDATE FROM MAYOR CAREY:
Governor Whitmer has issued a "Stay At Home" Executive Order that will go into effect tonight at midnight.
Per the latest order, the City of Walker is now officially on "essential services only". With the exception of Police and Fire, staffing is at a bare minimum for only those services deemed essential to keep the city running. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to myself or one of your Ward Commissioners for clarification.
There have already been some questions come in since we closed public access to City Hall operations early last week with regards to bill payments or even ballot applications. Outside of City Hall, there are convenient drop boxes located next to the US Mailboxes. Please use those as there will not be staffing available inside City Hall to take these from you.
Thank you for your understanding as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of the public we serve and our city employees. We are in challenging times and the sooner we can make an impact on the virus, the sooner we can get back to some normalcy.
The Rapid will temporarily be making changes to its existing routes starting today, view their media release.
- Today at noon, we shut down public access to non-essential services in City Hall
- Tomorrow at noon, public access to the Clerk’s office will be closed as well. This means there will be no physical access to City Hall, yet all departments are available via phone or email
- Last night we closed the Walker Ice and Fitness Center to eliminate any potential risk that we had, specifically with our seniors
- Today, we also closed access to all rental usage of city buildings
MARCH 16, 2020 UPDATE:
For the safety of all and in the practice of social distancing, all events and meetings held at the City of Walker, Walker Fire Station Community Rooms and the Walker Ice & Fitness Center will be canceled until April 5, 2020* at 11:59 p.m. This includes our:
- Commission Meetings
- Planning Commission & ZBA Meetings
- Business Safety Seminar hosted by Walker PD
- City of Walker Annual Easter Egg Hunt
*Date is subject to change.
As a result of a Kent County Public Health Order, all food service establishments, entertainment facilities and physical fitness centers will limit occupancy load to 50% excluding employees to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. This will go into effect tomorrow, March 16 at 10:00 a.m. until April 5 at 11:59 p.m.
In response, Mayor Gary Carey has exercised his authority to order the closing of the Walker Ice & Fitness Center in the interest of our residents' public health and safety effective Monday, March 16 until April 5. Membership questions will be answered by staff on Monday.
We thank you for your understanding during this time. Further details will be shared as they are available. We will continue to keep our residents and businesses updated through our website, social media pages and email alerts.
Please refer to the Centers for Disesase Control and Prevention's website for credible information regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
To subscribe to COVID-19 alerts for Kent County, please vist Access Kent.