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City Hall will reopen to visitors June 1, with precautions

CITY HALL – On Monday, St. Louisans will again be able to take care of business inside City Hall.

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Visitors must have their temperature taken and must wear face coverings. They’ll need to follow directions to stay at least six feet apart (placards will remind people), and the number of people allowed in elevators will be restricted. Some offices will require visitors to wait outside to prevent crowding.

For example, the Department of Revenue will admit only one adult per transaction. That office is asking customers to first visit and reserve a place in a virtual line. People will enter their name, cellphone number, and if they need the Motor Vehicle or Driver’s License department. A text message will be sent to tell each person his or her place in line; another message will be sent when it’s time to enter.

Many services can be completed online through the city’s website, and officials are urging people to do that.

On March 31, when Mayor Lyda Krewson ordered the closure of City Hall to visitors, drop-boxes were put at the Tucker Boulevard entrance of City Hall, and people can continue dropping off payments or other materials.

The safety rules apply to all city buildings, including 1520 Market St. The Municipal Court will allow people inside for cashier and customer service windows but will continue holding virtual court instead of in-person hearings, the city says. The 22nd Judicial Circuit’s courthouses will reopen to the public at a later date.

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