In alignment with Gov. Charlie Baker’s new orders, which extended the non-essential business emergency order and guidance for Executive Branch employees until May 18, City of Pittsfield municipal offices and buildings will remain closed to the public and non-emergency personnel until May 18.
Existing modified staffing schedules for city departments will remain in place until this date. Employees exempted from this policy change include Police, Fire, Health, selected Department of Public Services and Public Utilities employees, and employees essential to the city’s COVID-19 response team.
Mayor Linda Tyer said she, too, agreed with the governor’s decision to extend the stay at home order.
“I know this has been very difficult time. We all want to resume a sense of normalcy, however, we must continue to be vigilant and adhere to the preventative measures that have helped to keep our community safe. We’ve got to keep going so that we can crush the curve and get to work on reopening,” the mayor said.
Here are some important points to keep in mind:
- Unless there are emergency issues related to COVID-19, Pittsfield boards and commissions will resume normal business activity after May 18. Prior to May 18 meetings by remote participation may be conducted but only for urgent matters related to COVID-19 or for the expedient operations of municipal services.
- Special event permit applications will not be accepted until May 15 and only for events scheduled to take place after July 1.
Community members should continue to visit the city’s website, www.cityofpittsfield.org, to manage their business needs. A secure drop box is now installed at the rear of City Hall and can be used for all correspondence that would normally need to be dropped off.
Individuals with specific questions for city departments should utilize the City Hall directory, 413-449-5600, during the hours of 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for assistance.
To stay connected to city updates, a COVID-19 link is available on the home page of the city’s website and will feature continuous updates from the city. The public is also encouraged to use the subscription service to receive a notification when a new update from the city is available and sign up for CodeRED.
Residents across the state can now sign up to receive updates, news and prevention information related to COVID-19 by texting COVIDMA to 888-777.
For more information, please contact Roberta McCulloch-Dews, Director of Administrative Services, Office of the Mayor, 413-499-9322.