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July target date for reopening Nashua City Hall

By Adam Urquhart - Staff Writer | Jun 25, 2020

NASHUA – Following the July Fourth holiday weekend, Nashua City Hall could reopen with a certain number of people allowed inside at any one time.

During Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting Mayor Jim Donchess touched upon this tentative plan, highlighting a target date to open city hall to a certain number of people.

“We believe the first steps can be taken on July 6 or thereabouts,” Donchess said.

In doing so there is a goal of continuing to improve accessibility consistent with safety. Aside from limiting the number of people inside at one time, visitors will need to wear face masks. City Hall will open for many of its routine business functions, but some will be by appointment only.

“There are going to be significant physical changes at automobile registrations, City Clerk’s Office, in the Assessing Office and to some degree in the Mayor’s Office where there’s a lot of public interaction,” Donchess said.

However, he said city hall will open, at least in part, before those physical changes can be made. Donchess said that the GOFERR funds, or the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery, the federal money can pay for these improvements.

The mayor said that come July 6, assuming the city can get the technology to work by that time, which he is optimistic can be done, automobile registration will be in the city hall auditorium. This will be done so that people can be spaced apart.

The target date for reopening comes after more than three months of having a limited number of city employees working on site, while others transitioned to working remotely. City Hall has been closed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic since March 18.

Adam Urquhart may be contacted at 594-1206, or at aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.


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