The city of Duluth will begin narrowing access to City Hall next week due to the rising number of coronavirus infections in the community.
The transition is not a reaction to an outbreak among employees, city public information officer Kate Van Daele said. Instead, it's a precautionary move aiming to protect city employees and the public, similar to the measures the city made this spring.
"We wanted to be a good role model," Van Daele said. "With this closure we're essentially again wanting to model that behavior as we're seeing community spread increase."
The city will continue operations as usual Friday while beginning to prepare for the transition, according to a news release.
City facilities will be closed to the public starting Monday. However, users of the main library's computer center can continue accessing that space by calling ahead. Organizations that rent city buildings and have a COVID-19 preparedness plan are also exempt from the restrictions.
Then on Tuesday, the city will close to everyone other than essential staff whose work requires building access.
The Main Duluth Public Library branch downtown will continue to offer curbside pickup services five days a week.
After closing to the public in March, the city reopened in June by appointment with select departments taking in-person meetings. Those departments included the planning and economic development as well as construction services. Duluth Human Rights Officer Carl Crawford was also taking appointments.
Those in-person services will no longer be available under the reinforced restrictions.
"We are doing our best to accommodate those that need those services," Van Daele said.