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Lockport closes City Hall to public, cuts workers' hours in half

Lockport Mayor Michelle M. Roman posted a notice on the city website Tuesday, closing City Hall to the public and barring spectators from Common Council meetings because of COVID-19 fears.

After Wednesday's Council meeting, all public meetings in Lockport are canceled through March 31, when the state of emergency Roman declared is to be reconsidered.

Roman's announcement said someone would answer the phone from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for a lunch break. But all full-time City Hall staffers would be cut to two-and-a-half days a week.

She said anyone who needs to pay taxes or submit a document can use the night deposit slot.

Lockport's moves matched those of North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur G. Pappas.

Pappas closed City Hall, barred the public from Council meetings and announced the shutdown of North Tonawanda's city market until further notice.

Niagara Falls City Hall is not closed, but the city announced that only one visitor at a time will be allowed in any given office.



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