MUNROE FALLS — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, city hall is closed to the public and residents are being instructed to conduct business by phone or email.

Though the physical building is closed to the public, Munroe Falls Mayor James Armstrong said city government will "remain open to provide the necessary services expected and required of local government."

Armstrong said residents wishing to drop off their water bill payments should use the box located outside of city hall. The mayor also said city officials would "closely monitor" the number of people attending tonight’s (Tuesday, March 17) city council meeting to ensure the city is "in accordance with the recommendations of our health professionals."

For Tuesday’s council meeting, the city will be adhering to the 10-person rule that was articulated by President Donald Trump, according to clerk of council Lisa Hawes. Trump on Monday issued guidelines calling on Americans to avoid gatherings of 10 people or more.

The mayor’s court will suspend operations until April 9. Waivable tickets can still be paid online. All senior activities, facility rentals and group meetings at the Lehner Community Center and Guise Park Lodge are canceled until further notice.

The main number for city hall is 330-688-7491.

Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421,, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.