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Lexington Mayor: Coronavirus Forcing Changes To City Services

Stu Johnson

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton has announced several changes in city policies and services, in an effort to respond to the spread of the coronavirus.  The changes include suspending yard waste collection next week, closing fire stations to the public except for emergency walk-ins, and setting up plans for city employees to telecommute.

Gorton said the city’s social services and parks workers will be helping with emergency food efforts. “The city is working with God’s Pantry Food Bank and the United Way to pre-package food boxes at the city’s shuttered community centers.  Boxes are stocked with provisions designed to meet a family’s need for one week,” noted Gorton.

Gorton said police will be responding to calls as usual.  The mayor stressed the importance for everyone to stay calm.  “When I look at the supermarket shelves, I think some folks are doing panic buying and there is no need to panic through all of this, we will make it through this.  We just need to use our common sense, listen to the directives and help our neighbors help each other,” said Gorton.

Kevin Hall with the Fayette County Health Department said restaurant inspections will continue as scheduled.  Governor Beshear announced Monday the closing of all restaurants in the state for sit down service.

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