Pittsfield Closes City Hall, Cancels All Public Meetings
Updated from earlier in the day
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield municipal offices and buildings will be closed to the public and non-emergency personnel effective Monday, March 16.
This change follows emergency orders issued by Gov. Charlie Baker late Sunday prohibiting any public or civic gatherings of more than 25.
Employees exempted from this policy change include the Departments of Police, Fire and Health, selected Department of Public Services and Public Utilities employees, and employees essential to the city's COVID-19 response team.
This amendment rescinds an earlier notification from the city that was shared on Sunday morning asking citizens to limit their interactions with municipal employees as much as possible and to use phone or online resources.
Additionally, all Pittsfield public meetings are canceled until April 7. This time frame also applies to Pittsfield Public Schools.
The city's mitigation efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 includes reducing the gathering of individuals in public settings.
"These new changes announced today by Gov. Baker demonstrate the seriousness of the commonwealth's response to COVID-19. The City of Pittsfield's action plan is specifically designed to adjust as necessary to mitigate the spread of COVID-19," said Mayor Linda Tyer. "As we embark on these significant steps ahead for our municipal operations, I want to assure Pittsfielders that we will continue to do all that we can to meet their needs while ensuring the health and well-being of our community."
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