STOW — City Hall will open to residents beginning Monday, June 1.

The city closed access to all public buildings in mid-March amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"First and foremost, I’d like to thank the community for coming together and helping one another during this difficult time. We have proven we are Stow Strong," said City of Stow Mayor John Pribonic. "As we transition into this next phase and begin to reopen, we want to reiterate that we are still in this together. We ask that all visitors take note of the listed precautions to ensure the safety of our staff members and our residents."

The following guidelines will be implemented upon reopening:

1. Employees are required to check their temperature every morning prior to coming to work. If employees have a temperature greater than 100.3°F, they will be advised not to come to work.

2. All employees will wear masks or facial coverings while moving throughout the building. Masks or coverings may be removed when employees are at their private workspace if they are more than 6 feet away from their nearest co-worker. Masks or coverings will be worn when interacting with members of the public.

3. Visitors to parks and recreation, the building department, water billing, and income tax will be allowed to proceed to those designated areas. For all other visitors, the receptionist will call the department and request that a representative meet and interact with the visitor in the lobby area to reduce foot traffic throughout the building.

4. A member of the fire department will be stationed at the front door to scan visitors coming into the building. No one with a temperature greater than 100.3°F (or updated CDC/?ODH guidelines) will be permitted into the building.

5. All visitors are required to wear masks or coverings at all times. A supply of masks will be available in the lobby for those that come to City Hall without them. For any guest refusing to wear a mask or covering, employees may refuse service or contact the police department.

6. Zoom meetings should still be utilized to the extent possible.

7. Employees and visitors are reminded to wash their hands upon entering the building and often throughout the day and to sanitize their workspace.

City Council meetings and other public meetings will continue to be held virtually.

The public may hear and observe meetings online by visiting the city of Stow YouTube Channel available at: http://?www.youtube.com/?c/?CityofStowOhio

Any members of the public wishing to make a public comment must provide their name, address, and comment in writing to the secretary of the meeting no later than 4 p.m. the day prior to the meeting. All comments will be read by the secretary during the meeting.

Any members of the public wishing to make a live public comment during the meeting must provide their name and address to the secretary of the meeting no later than 4 p.m. the day prior to the meeting. The secretary will provide a meeting invite back to the member of the public wishing to make a comment along with the appropriate instructions and rules regarding live public comment.

For more information, contact City Hall at 330-689-2700.

For more information about the city of Stow, visit www.stowohio.org.