Two more local government facilities will be closing to the public Friday

Kissimmee City Hall, the last city facility open to the public, will be closed for two weeks starting Friday, Mayor Jose Alvarez announced Thursday evening in social media.

“We are doing this to reduce interaction between people to the greatest extent possible as recommended by public health officials,” the mayor said.

Despite no access to the public, the city will remain fully operational and will provide services through the implementation of a Telework protocol will enable many normal business functions to be conducted remotely.

“The City’s expectation is that employees working from home will be available to support our business operations and the general public during their normal business hours,” Alvarez said. “There will still be a portion of our workforce that will be reporting to their assigned locations to perform functions that cannot be handled remotely, but there will be a significantly reduced presence in our facilities over the next few weeks. The overall goal of this approach is to keep the City operational while minimizing interactions between employees in the workplace.”

The goal is to lower the virus exposure potential for Sanitation, Public Works, Building and Fire Inspections, Parks and Recreation, and Code Enforcement departments.

Also, at the close of business at 5 p.m. Friday, the Osceola County Supervisor of Elections office will close to the public in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and will re-assess the situation on April 3.

A drop box will be outside the front office for drop offs of voter registration applications, vote-by-mail requests for the primary and general elections this August and November. The SOE website is still available to register to vote or change registrations, and staff will be available to assist voters by phone at 407-742-6000.

A canvassing meeting Friday and another next Friday to certify the presidential primary results will still be held internally.