Glenville — Glenville Town Hall will fully reopen to the public March 1st, a decision that comes as almost all of the employees were vaccinated against the coronavirus and the positivity rate in Schenectady County continues to decrease.
“If things go the other way again we’ll look at it again,” said Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle.
Town hall will reopen March 1, followed by Town Court March 2.
Koetzle said every department will be open to the public and people are expected to continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines, including wearing a face mask and socially distancing.
“We do have tape markings on the floor, but most people have been good about socially distancing,” Koetzle said.
There will also be glass separating staff and residents. Koetzle said on top of a company cleaning the building daily, surfaces will be sanitized every morning before employees arrive.
While Town Hall is opening up, public Town Board meetings won’t happen until March 22.
Koetzle said they’re waiting to see whether positivity rates will climb again. However, the meetings will be a hybrid of in person and virtual in case people don’t feel comfortable attending in person or there is no more space in the Town Board meeting room.
Koetzle said pre-COVID the meeting room could hold 100 people, standing room only.
“Even if we did half of that it would still be too much,” Koetzle said.
He said with social distancing in place there will likely only be room for 15 people, meaning the town will likely go back to having people sign up to attend the meeting in person.
The 4th Judicial District, which oversees courts in Schenectady County, said the same health guidelines pre-closure will be back in place. In-person court hearings will take place when needed, but virtual proceedings continue to be encouraged, said Lucian Chaflen, a spokesperson for the district.
Safety protocols already in place will continue. Those measures include screening everyone who enters the courtroom, and making sure everyone wears a mask and socially distances.
The district said they will continue to monitor metrics in the counties the district covers to determine if it should stay open.
“The court system remains nimble and ready to quickly adapt operations as conditions warrant,” Chaflen said.