Following Governor Charlie Baker’s extension of the Commonwealths stay-at-home advisory and closing of all non-essential businesses order, City Hall and all municipal buildings will remain closed to the public until May 18, 2020. The original date in which the state and local municipalities and non-essential businesses would have been able to reopen was May 4, 2020.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno also announced that he has directed his cabinet heads to begin reviewing plans and what measures that are going to be needed for the eventual reopening of City Hall and other municipal buildings. Mayor Sarno has also directed his cabinet heads to begin reviewing the city’s plans for when the Governor’s non-essential business closing order expires.
Mayor Sarno states, “Following Governor Baker’s extension and after meeting again with my cabinet heads, City Hall and all municipal buildings will remain closed to the public until May 18, 2020. I have also directed by cabinet heads, who have been tested and true, to begin reviewing our plans for the eventual reopening of the city. Though, like everyone else we’re chomping at the bit to reopen, we do not want to ‘jump the gun’ and reopen to soon, we must remain prudent and vigilant. My city team will begin reviewing what measures and protocols are going to be needed to reopen in controlled phases - out of an abundance of caution. We have to be smart on how we approach this. We will continue to listen to all of the medical and health experts and professionals so that when we do begin to reopen in phases, we do so with the utmost confidence for our residents and business community.”
Governor Baker announced back on March 15, 2020, Emergency Actions to help address and mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. The City of Springfield continues to follow and adhere to all of the public health and safety guidelines and measures as directed by the Governor’s Office, Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
All City of Springfield employees continue to report to work as directed and under the discretion of their managers. Departments will remain open in a modified aspect. The City of Springfield will continue to maintain all essential functions and services. Residents are encouraged to continue to conduct their city related business remotely when possible by utilizing our 311 Call Center at (413) 736-3111 and our website at www.springfield-ma.gov.