DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- The city of Dothan has a few changes to how their employees are working during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Employees for the city of Dothan have had to change their daily routines before heading to work.
Workers usually gather in a bay room before they get their assignment for the day, but that has now changed to limit unnecessary contact.
"We've split them up on different days just trying to stay up and trying not to bring so many people in at the same time," City of Dothan Public Works Director Charles Metzger said.
All employees deemed non-essential are either not working or working remotely, but perhaps one of the most affected divisions is the garbage pick-up.
"If we had a situation where they became infected through those crews and especially now that we're using automated trucks, that's a skill unto itself and if you start losing those crews, you can't get your garbage and trash which is essential which you've got issues there," Metzger added.
Splitting up crews has put a damper on the speed the city works.
This also includes working on sub divisions, roundabouts and cutting grass.
"It has affected our ability to keep up with projects there's no doubt but the less contact we have with other people the safer we'll all be," Metzger continued.
No garbage outside of the cart or can will be collected and it must be placed a minimum of five feet away from any structure or object.