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City Hall to reopen June 22

Winchester’s City Hall is back to full staff, and will reopen to the public later this month.

City Hall has been operating with a maximum of half of employees physically in the building for a couple of months, but that ended Monday.

In a memo to the Winchester Board of Commissioners, City Manager Matt Belcher said full public access to the building will resume June 22.

Employees will be required to wear masks for interactions with co-workers or when in common areas including break rooms and during in-person meetings.

Employees are also encouraged to use digital formats and electronic signatures for documents “to the greatest extent possible.”

Belcher told the commissioners Tuesday the city has already purchased masks and other personal protection equipment for employees’ use. Other steps may be taken as well, such as plexiglas shields and half-doors on offices.

Employees will not be required to wear a mask if they are alone in their office or if it poses a “serious threat to their health or safety,” according to the memo.

“We’re trying to minimize the personal interaction,” Belcher said.

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