In a citywide email shortly before 1 p.m., non-essential employees were given the option of taking leave for the remainder of the day Thursday.
The email did not explain which employees were considered non-essential.
It said on Friday the city would conduct a test of its “continuity of operations with a telework exercise.”
“Details for this exercise are forthcoming,” the email said.
All employees were ordered to take their city-issued laptops, cell phones and charges with them before they left for the day.