Mayor Domenic J. Sarno has announced that out of an abundance of caution due to the current public health emergency and the evolving concerns related to the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the City of Springfield will extend the period in which City Hall and all municipal buildings will remain closed to the public until Monday, May 4, 2020.
Governor Baker announced on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, that his administration was taking new actions in support of the state’s ongoing COVID-19 response to mitigate the spread of the virus, by extending the closure order of all schools across the Commonwealth until May 4, 2020.
The City of Springfield will continue to provide all essential city services for our residents and business community. All city buildings are continuing to be staffed under a modified schedule where the personnel present are limited to the minimum number needed to maintain city services and operations for the public and within the public health guidance of social distancing.
These facilities are staffed by the least amount of personnel needed to provide a presence to not only provide needed city services but also to provide a continuing presence for the buildings to deter potential vandalism, monitor the facility and grounds for any maintenance needs, and of importance to keep our city employees working - while many within the private sectors are facing the unfortunate situation of having to let their employees go.
“All city services continue to operate and serve the public’s needs. Imperative City services go beyond public safety and health care. Birth and death certificates still need to be issued, municipal lien certificates still need to be produced in order for house closings, payroll and benefits still need to be administered for City employees, IT services need to be available to assist employees working remotely.” Mayor Sarno said. “Those things considered, all city employees continue to provide essential city services under modified schedules, which include working remotely, alternating days working on site, or any combination, which has been determined as appropriate by the department head where services can continue with minimum interruptions.”
The public is again encouraged to utilize alternative means of conducting city related business by phone, email, or online. Our city’s website is www.springfield-ma.gov and our 311 Call Center at (413) 736-3111.