OLEAN, NY — Starting Thursday, the city's municipal building, which had been open for limited hours during the pandemic, will return to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. hours Mondays through Fridays. In addition, starting on Tuesday, Common Council meetings will be open to the public.

“We are very excited to reopen and have made a number of physical changes to our offices to protect the health of our residents and city employees,” Mayor William J. Aiello said.  “I ask visitors to the building and Common Council meetings to follow the Centers for Disease Control guidelines, which include wearing masks, maintaining social distances and keeping hands clean by washing them or using hand sanitizer.”

Signs are posted in the building to remind visitors that masks are required; city employees will wear masks when serving residents and entering common areas in the building. Floor decals have been mounted throughout the building to remind visitors of social distancing when waiting in line.

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“I am glad the municipal building will be open,” Aiello said. “The closure unfortunately put the hold on many of our spring initiatives, including the litter control program run by Lila Ervay and the garden volunteer weeding program. The opened doors will help us get supplies to all of our dedicated volunteers in a timely manner.”

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