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Newark’s city hall to reopen to the public after employee tests negative for COVID-19

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Newark Municipal Building

The Newark Municipal Building on South Main Street is shown in this file photo.

Update, July 28:

City hall will reopen to the public Wednesday, which is earlier than expected, after an employee who reported coronavirus-like symptoms tested negative for COVID-19.

The nine employees who were self-isolating can now return to work.

Alderman's Court will reopen as well, but cases scheduled for this week have already been postponed. 

Representatives from Alderman's Court will continue to contact all individuals scheduled to appear this week to set a new date. If you have a court date and have questions, please call 302-366-7000.

Original article: 

Newark has closed its city hall to the public due to a possible exposure to coronavirus, officials announced Sunday night.

Spokeswoman Jayme Gravell said an employee reported symptoms consistent with COVID-19, and administrators ordered the closure “out of an abundance of caution.” Nine employees are self-isolating as a precaution.

The building will undergo a “thorough cleaning,” Gravell said. Certain employees will continue to report to work, she added.

Many city employees have been working from home since March, but city hall began reopening for limited services in early June. Alderman’s Court reopened in late June and has been working through a backlog in cases.

Now, Alderman’s Court cases will be rescheduled, and walk-in services from Parks and Recreation, Planning and Development, and Payments and Utility Billing are suspended.

Gravell said she expects the closure to last about a week, with services resuming Aug. 3. 

Until then, residents should pay for business licenses, parking tickets, taxes and utility bills online at payments.

Representatives from Alderman's Court will contact everyone scheduled to appear to set a new date. If you have a court date and have questions, call 302-366-7000.

Notably, absentee ballots for Tuesday’s election will continue to be accepted in the main lobby.

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