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Posted on: February 8, 2021

CURRENT COVID-19 INFO FOR BENSON (2-3-21)

CURRENT COVID-19 INFO FOR BENSON (2-3-21):
TOWN HALL
Benson Town Hall and all Town facilities remain open to the public, but with restricted access. Residents with town-related questions can still call (919) 894-3553 as phones will be manned during normal business hours.
Utility customers are able to enter Town Hall to pay bills, however hallways, offices, and meeting spaces are off limits inside the building. One to two customers can be helped at a time inside the Utilities office at the window.
The Benson Police Department and the Benson Planning Department are open, but follow the same restrictions as the Utilities Office — seeing only one to two residents at a time. As always, for all life-threatening emergencies — dial 911. For non-emergencies, the BPD can be reached at (919) 894-2091.
Hand sanitizer will be available at Town Hall for customers and employees to use while on site. Additional and extensive sanitation measures are already in place at Town Hall.
Residents needing to pay utility bills can still use Town Hall’s night dropbox at any point in the day, pay bills online (https://ipn.paymentus.com/cp/tbup), or call and pay over the phone (previous restrictions on phone call payments have been temporarily lifted).
LIBRARY
The library remains curbside service only and will be in place until further notice. Hours of curbside will be 8:30am - 5pm Monday- Friday. 
Here's how it works:
-Call us at (919) 894-3724 with your book requests or you can place holds using our online catalog (make sure it says Benson has the book when placing the hold. We are NOT able to borrow books from other libraries at this point).
-Use the online catalog here: https://johnston.nccardinal.org/eg/opac/home
-We will pull your books, check them out, and have them waiting for you.
-Once you arrive at the library, call us back and we will bring the books out to you.
PARKS & RECREATION
Athletic camps and clinics will be allowed with adherence to all safety guidelines. The gymnasium will remain closed for rentals, but can be used for limited camps and clinics that do not include contact.
Playgrounds are open. 
The cardio room and weight room at BPRD is open, but capacity will be limited to 3-4 people. The game room in the building will also reopen and can accommodate 4-5 people. 
Outdoor basketball courts are open, but with safety restrictions. 
Ball fields are open for practice and recreation with safety restrictions. Parents and spectators will also be required to practice safe distancing on bleachers.
Renting outdoor facilities will be allowed with the state’s guidelines, but indoor rentals will remain on pause. Masks will be required.

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