January 18, 2022

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Maine city closes municipal buildings to public over fears of post-holiday COVID-19 surge

One Maine city has decided to close its municipal buildings to the public over worries of a post-holiday COVID-19 surge.The city of Gardiner made the move to close the buildings to the public until Jan. 19 to limit foot traffic inside City Hall and other facilities.”The city is open. What we’ve chosen to do is just close the doors to the public for a few weeks to stop the spread of the virus,” Mayor Patricia Hart said.City Manager Christine Landes said employees have been able to avoid contracting COVID-19, and she wants to keep it that way.”This is an attempt to keep not only our employees safe and healthy but also the general public that uses our services,” Landes said.Residents can still do business with the city through online services, and the city’s dropbox outside City Hall. People can still call staff members who are still working.”I wouldn’t say it’s a bold decision. I would say it’s a very conservative and safe decision,” Landes said.Resident Ken Martin said closing City Hall to the public is a small price to pay.”This is a very easy town to do business with so if they think they need to close the door, then I’m all for it. Maybe I don’t have to pay my property taxes?” Martin said.Gardiner is not the only city to close its buildings to the public. South Portland has closed its buildings until Jan. 10.City leaders said they hope other municipalities will do the same to help slow the spread of the virus.

One Maine city has decided to close its municipal buildings to the public over worries of a post-holiday COVID-19 surge.

The city of Gardiner made the move to close the buildings to the public until Jan. 19 to limit foot traffic inside City Hall and other facilities.

“The city is open. What we’ve chosen to do is just close the doors to the public for a few weeks to stop the spread of the virus,” Mayor Patricia Hart said.

City Manager Christine Landes said employees have been able to avoid contracting COVID-19, and she wants to keep it that way.

“This is an attempt to keep not only our employees safe and healthy but also the general public that uses our services,” Landes said.

Residents can still do business with the city through online services, and the city’s dropbox outside City Hall. People can still call staff members who are still working.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a bold decision. I would say it’s a very conservative and safe decision,” Landes said.

Resident Ken Martin said closing City Hall to the public is a small price to pay.

“This is a very easy town to do business with so if they think they need to close the door, then I’m all for it. Maybe I don’t have to pay my property taxes?” Martin said.

Gardiner is not the only city to close its buildings to the public. South Portland has closed its buildings until Jan. 10.

City leaders said they hope other municipalities will do the same to help slow the spread of the virus.

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