WARREN, Pa. – After nearly four months of being closed to the general public, the City of Warren Municipal Building is set to reopen on April 1.
The Municipal Building was closed on Nov. 23 as COVID-19 cases began to spike around the region. Now that cases are dropping, and more people are getting vaccinated, City officials believe the building can be safely reopened.
“All fire, police and DPW personnel that wanted vaccines have received them,” City Manager Nancy Freenock said. “There are still at least four employees on the (administration) side that are waiting for vaccines.”
While the building will be reopened, there are still mitigation efforts that those entering will be required to follow.
“The single point of entry will remain at the door at the back of the building that has the ramped entrance,” Freenock said. “Masks will still be required, as will social distancing.”
County case counts had just started a big spike that would last through the end of January when the Municipal Building was closed.
“The decision to close the building was based on the current spike in confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the county and surrounding areas,” City of Warren Executive Secretary Teena Leary told yourdailylocal.com at the time of the closure.
From Nov. 9 through Nov. 23, Warren County’s cumulative case count increased by 87 total cases (confirmed and probable). The cumulative total from March 24, the date the first case was reported in Warren County, through Nov. 8 was 85.
From Nov. 19, the first time the county had 20 or more cases (confirmed and probable) reported in a single day, through Dec. 31, there were only nine days with less than 20 reported cases. Since Jan. 1, there have only been nine days with 20 or more cases reported.
Freenock said part of the decision to use April 1 as the reopening date is because the building will then be closed for Good Friday, and the weather might be nice enough to increase ventilation.
“Hopefully the weather will be such that windows can be partially opened to keep fresh air flowing,” Freenock said.