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Johnstown City Hall to reopen Monday

Johnstown City Hall is scheduled to reopen to the public Monday. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — After a long COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, City Hall on East Main Street will reopen to the public starting Monday, Mayor Vern Jackson has announced.

The building’s hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The building does not close for lunch.

For those who are not vaccinated for COVID-19, masks are required.

As a convenience to city residents, the lock box and application forms will remain outside of City Hall. The public can continue to utilize the lockbox for after hours use, to drop off payments, or should a person not require immediate in-person service.

Marriage licenses will still require an appointment with the City Clerk’s office.

Jackson said Friday that the City Treasurer’s Office will be working a restricted schedule due to a short staffing issue. It’s recommended the public call first to that office.

“I strongly recommend that the public continue to use the drop box located on the front steps of City Hall,” Jackson said.

City Court is still mandating the wearing of masks for any proceedings, especially normal dockets on Tuesday mornings.

All vaccinated will have an option of wearing a mask while inside City Hall. Those not, should be in consideration of others and continue to wear a mask, Jackson said.

City Hall was shut down shortly after the pandemic hit in the late winter of 2020. Jackson on March 16, 2020, declared the city in a “State of Emergency,” locking City Hall to the public and sending non-essential city government employees home for the “foreseeable future.” Eventually, city workers were allowed to come back to work.

The building contains the mayor’s office and city departments and police on the first floor, and city departments, City Court and the Council Chambers on the second floor.

Jackson had said through the pandemic that that the old City Hall building was just too small, cramped, with narrow hallways to socially distance well for the public. He was worried that if a positive COVID case was reported, it would have had to be shut down to everyone.

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