Mayor Barrett announces city buildings will reopen on June 21

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced Thursday, May 27, that City Hall and other city buildings can reopen on June 21.

The decision comes after in-depth discussions with the Milwaukee Health Department and the city's Department of Employee Relations.

“After careful review of the science and the COVID-19 trends, we have concluded that city offices can safely reopen for business in the coming weeks,” Mayor Barrett said. “In many cases, the public has been inconvenienced by the necessary health precautions, so easing the restrictions is a step forward in serving our residents.”

Visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask. This also applies to workers at city facilities.

Around 800 city workers who worked remotely, or partly remotely and in their workplace, will be returning to their jobs in person.

The mayor’s reopening decision applies to all the departments that are part of his administration including the Health Department, Neighborhood Services, City Development, Administration, Election Commission, Water Works, and other departments.

Departments led by independently-elected officials will set their own reopening policies.

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