Utica And Rome City Halls To Begin Phase One Of Reopening
Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri and Rome Mayor Jackie Izzo have announced due to declining COVID infection rates and rising vaccination rates, the public will be again able to attend Common Council meetings.
In a joint statement, Palmieri and Izzo say in-person public participation at Council meetings will be Phase One of reopening City Halls for both cities.
The first Utica Council meeting open to the public will be held on May 19, while Rome’s first Council meeting will be on May 26.
Temperature checks and contact tracing forms will be used and all individuals who attend council meetings must wear a face covering and socially distance.
As Phase 1 is implemented, both municipalities will assess and monitor the situation with a goal to gradually, and safely, reopen City Hall to the public as more city employees continue to obtain their vaccinations.
"It is the responsibility of public officials to promote the health of our residents. I am pleased Mayor Izzo and I are announcing in-person public participation for Council meetings. Implementation of Phase 1is a major step forward as we adjust to the new normal. In the meantime, we must continue to observe public health guidelines to continue the positive trend of declining infection rates." said Palmieri.