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Caribou closes library and rec department, council still plans to meet

CARIBOU, Maine — The city of Caribou recently closed its library and recreation department to the public as a precautionary measure in light of the COVID-19 threat to public safety. The city office is still open to the public as of March 18, but officials are encouraging residents to utilize online services if possible for renewals, permits and requests.

“Information is available on the city’s website and will be soon on our Facebook page,” said City Manager Dennis Marker via email. “Employees are available via phone or email to answer any questions.”

City Clerk Jayne Farrin said customers are being asked to approach the counters in the city office one at a time to ensure that residents are keeping a safe distance from one another.

The Caribou Fire and Ambulance Department also announced Wednesday that they would be limiting public access to the lobby only in an effort to protect firefighters and paramedics. Tours and visits of the station have been put on hold, and fire permits will be obtainable on a limited basis.

The department will still be available to respond to any 911 emergencies.

The city’s next council meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. March 23, has not been canceled as of Wednesday. Marker said the public is encouraged to watch the meeting via Channel 1301 or the city’s YouTube channel.

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