UPDATE -- Duluth City Hall opened to the public on an appointment-only basis Wednesday.
The building will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for residents meeting with city staff.
All residents will need to enter the building through the main doors off of Priley Circle.
A customer service employee will verify appointments at a new welcome desk and escort visitors to their destination.
Those who come to City Hall without an appointment will be given contact information to schedule an appointment while onsite or at home. Residents can also pick up items from departments within City Hall.
Everyone entering City Hall is required to wear a mask and complete a health screening questionnaire before entering.
Signs will be posted on the premise that will provide a QR code to access the screening. Those without a smartphone will be assisted by a customer service representative to complete the screening.
While City Hall will be open for appointments, those wanting to pay for parking tickets will need to continue to mail or pay their bill electronically.
Currently, the only departments that will be taking in person appointments are Planning & Economic Development, including the Construction Services & Inspections division.
Appointments can also be made with the Human Rights Officer.
When other departments begin taking appointments, the City will update the public. For more information, or to inquire with a specific department, please visit www.duluthmn.gov, or call 218-730-5000.
DULUTH, MN -- In a press conference Wednesday, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson announced that the city is in the process of re-opening of City Hall in a limited fashion.
The building will have one set of doors for entering and a centralized desk for the public to approach. Masks will be required for both staff and the public. Larson said masks will also be provided.
Larson expects those changes to begin sometime the week of June 1.
She added that City Council meetings and other commissions will continue to hold meeting virtually until at least July 20.
Larson expressed her hope to receive federal CARES Act funding for Duluth, but cities are still waiting for clarity from the state level.
Director of Planning and Economic Development Chris Fleege reported there were 73 applicants to the Duluth Economic Development Authority (DEDA) forgivable loan program. The program aims to aid up to 30 businesses.
Fleege also said the fire department is working with businesses to streamline the permitting process for sidewalk use and other areas.
Elena Foshay, director of Workforce Development, said the city is also ramping up virtual career and hiring events.
Along with one-on-one counseling, Duluth is also offering Youth Employment Services (YES) and employment resources for experienced workers.