ITHACA, N.Y.—For the first time since spring 2020, Ithaca’s City Hall will be open to the public regardless of appointment, starting July 20, 2021. However, masks will be required to enter the building, whether someone is vaccinated or not.

The building’s hours will be Monday-Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. On the latter two days, only the Building Division will open at 8 am., other departments open at 8:30 a.m. and the City Chamberlain’s Office is staffed starting at 9 a.m.

While appointments are not required, the departments did say they are encouraging “members of the public to continue to make appointments to ensure that the appropriate staff members are available as many continue to telework.”

Many services are still available electronically or through the mail, with more details on the city’s website. Marriage licenses can only be obtained with an appointment.

As reported earlier, boards, committees and commissions will all resume in-person meetings in accordance with the Open Meetings Law. The agendas and schedule can be found here.

Matt Butler

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