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City Facilities Reactivated on May 4 Utilizing “Reopening Fargo | Phase One” Plan

05/01/2020

By order of Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney, the City of Fargo reactivated its public facilities on Monday, May 4.

Mayor Mahoney and Fargo City Administration collaborated with each department head to create “Reopening Fargo | Phase One” plans to allow for a successful reboot of City buildings. These methods will be adjusted as needed to appropriately address and respond to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, including an eventual progression to a phase three (return to normal). The most up-to-date plans by department will be available at FargoND.gov/ReopeningFargo.

Although facilities have been closed since March 19, essential City services have continued to be offered through an innovative synergy of in-person and remote working arrangements.

CITY-WIDE INITIATIVES:

  • Staff will utilize personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Members of the public who are unable to maintain physical distancing will be asked to wear paper face coverings provided by the City.
  • Frequent disinfection of surfaces will be undertaken.
  • Utilization of virtual and telephone interactions will be incorporated whenever possible.
  • Official City travel will be suspended until further notice.
  • Public meetings will be conducted as necessary with a preference towards utilizing virtual formats.
  • Staff will be engaging in individual symptom assessments before coming to work each day.
  • Indicators will be placed on several locations within reception areas and other gathering zones to promote proper physical distancing.
  • Members of the public are encouraged to consider alternative means of contacting City departments, including the utilization of online resources at FargoND.gov/virtual and the FargoOne app.
  • The skyway system in Downtown Fargo will reopen on May 4.

SERVICE FEES:

  • Fargo will defer all fees related to late payments on City utilities until June 30, 2020.
  • Fargo will refrain from utility shut-offs due to a lack of payment through June 30, 2020.
  • The Cities of Fargo and Moorhead will continue offering MATBUS services fare-free through June 30, 2020.

FARGO CITY HALL MEASURES:
The following facility-wide measures for City Hall will be effective on May 4 and continue until further notice.

  • Each department lobby has been fitted with acrylic panels to serve as temporary barriers protecting both members of the public and City staff.
  • Access to City Hall will be controlled via a video and electronic entry system.
  • Physical distancing standards will be adhered to within City Hall.