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March 2020 News Releases

117 Vendors Accepted for 2020 Bloomington Community Farmers' Market; Season Launches April 4 With Online Shopping and Drive-Through Pickup

With 99 farm vendors and 18 food and beverage artisans accepted for the 2020 season, the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market is poised to launch Saturday, April 4 -- initially with an online shopping experience that will allow the Market to continue as an essential food source and key component of the local food economy while following health and safety protocols necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bloomington Transit and BT Access To Continue Operating on Spring Break Schedule Next Week

Kirkwood and School Zone Enhancement Projects Get Earlier Start; Bike Lanes, Multi-use Paths, Traffic Calming Among Other Improvements Underway

Road improvements and other public infrastructure projects will proceed on schedule and in several cases earlier than projected as a way of making use of currently underutilized streets and sidewalks.  While the Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order (Executive Order 20-08) restricts all but essential business and travel throughout the state until April 7 as a measure to limit the spread of COVID-19, public projects enhancing safety and transportation are among the essential activities permitted to proceed.  Several City-led projects have been pushed forward in consideration of the suspension of classes for the spring semester at Indiana University and MCCSC’s current contingency learning plan.   

CDC Protocols Continue at Bloomington Fire Department After Confirmed Case of COVID-19

Residents Asked to Bag Trash Before Placing in Cart to Protect Sanitation Workers, Limit Spread of COVID-19

City Hall to Close to Public For Two Weeks Per Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order

Following Governor Eric Holcomb’s Stay-at-Home order (Executive Order 20-08) issued Monday, March 23, the City of Bloomington will close City Hall and other facilities to the public after the close of business today in an effort to limit the opportunity for viral transmission in the community and the City workforce.

Free Fares and Rear-Door Boarding Begins Tuesday, March 24

Bloomington Transit (BT) will begin providing free fares on all fixed-route and BT Access service buses Tuesday, March 24.

Update on Bloomington Transit Service Plans for Week of March 22

Bloomington Transit (BT) fixed route service will continue to operate on a spring break schedule during the week of March 22 to March 29, 2020.

City of Bloomington Utilities Improves Safety Measures for Customers & Employees

Following the Center of Disease Control (CDC) recommendations to maintain physical distance between people to avoid transmission of the COVID-19 virus, the City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) Customer Service Center will temporarily suspend walk-in hours starting Monday, March 23.

City Withdraws Appeal in Case to Acquire Property for Fourth Street Garage

The City of Bloomington moved to withdraw its Notice of Appeal in the eminent domain action to acquire the property at 222 South Walnut Street.

City Maintains Services While Protecting Community Health, Well-Being

Along with federal, state, and local agencies, the City of Bloomington is implementing protocols to maintain continuity of City government services to support the community’s well-being and protect residents’ and employees’ health during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

City Implements Precautions, Preparations to Limit Local Impact of COVID-19

The City of Bloomington is following public health advice to take precautionary and preparatory measures to limit the local impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus).  

City Partners with SIREN for Solarize 2020 to Make Going Solar Easier

Homeowners, businesses, and nonprofits in Bloomington and Monroe and surrounding counties can learn more about installing solar panels at affordable rates during the fourth year of the Solarize initiative.

Bloomington Fire Department Returns to Sierra Leone On State Department-Sponsored Trip

A group of firefighters from Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) makes its second trip to Freetown, Sierra Leone March 20-30.  Supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of State, administered by IREX, the trip will allow firefighters to continue their collaboration to improve fire safety in the West African country.

Media Advisory: Transportation Demand Management Plan Report to Council

A draft Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Implementation Plan for the City of Bloomington will be presented to the Bloomington Common Council for review. 

Bloomington Residents Sought to Represent Farmers' Market Customers on the Farmers' Market Advisory Council

Open positions are for people who will represent the needs and desires of Market customers.