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Effective Monday, Seymour City Hall is closed to the public because of the national COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the U.S. City Administrator Hillary Gintz announced that decision at last Thursday's regular meeting of the Seymour Board of Aldermen, noting that other city offices that are closed include the Seymour Police Department and the Seymour Community Library.

The library is closed indefinitely.

Although the police station is closed, officers will meet the public outside the building's front door on the southwest corner of the square if needed.

At city hall, the building's full staff will be working, keeping all city services — including electric, sewer and water utilities — operating at full speed.

However, the public's lone method of contact at the building is via its drive-thru lane on its north side. Payments can be dropped off there; questions for the staff also can be asked this way.

Gintz said the move to close city hall was made to protect staff members from potential COVID-19 infection and to ensure the city has a healthy work force in its business offices.

"Previously, our outside workers from all the city departments met here at city hall for daily briefings, and that's been eliminated for now," she said.

"We are communicating in a different manner and will continue to do that until the coronavirus health concerns are significantly reduced."

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