The public will be able to attend common council meetings in Rome and Utica starting this month, as part of a phased-in approach to reopening city halls.
The first Utica Common Council meeting open to the public will be held May 19. In Rome, people will be able to attend the meetings in person starting May 26.
Both Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri and Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo agree that reopening the city halls in phases is the safest strategy.
“Implementation of Phase 1 is a major step forward as we adjust to the new normal. In the meantime, we must continue to observe public health guidelines to continue the positive trend of declining infection rates,” said Palmieri.
The mayors plan to move forward with gradually reopening as more city employees continue to get vaccinated.
“Infection rates seem to finally be turning the corner with increased vaccination and common-sense adherence to public health virus guidance. It has been a long road, but we are grateful for the fantastic cooperation of our citizens who are leading us back to a sense of normalcy,” said Izzo.
Both Palmieri and Izzo are coordinating with local health official to determine next steps, including when senior centers can reopen.