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City government buildings close to public; essential services all continue

CITY HALL – The public will no longer be allowed inside city of St. Louis buildings until further notice as the COVID-19 coronavirus threatens the area.

The offices of Mayor Lydra Krewson and the city Department of Health announced the measure effective immediately.

The city put drop-boxes at the Tucker Street entrance of City Hall and the main entrance of 1520 Market Street so people can drop off payments or other required materials.

“A very limited number of employees” will remain at City Hall; many will work from home, the city’s statement said.

Residents are being told to check the city’s website or call the department they need to reach, for information or instructions. To find contact information for departments, agencies and divisions, people can go to

The city assured residents that basic essential services (police, fire, EMS, water, refuse, corrections, etc…) would still operate and that the city buildings would continue to be cleaned and sanitized.

All of City Court’s regular court sessions have been suspended, and the court is automatically continuing all cases to new dates in June or later. No summons or warrants will be issued for any court dates after March 16 until regular sessions resume.

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