Non-essential Atlanta city employees told to avoid City Hall

10/07/2019 — Atlanta, Georgia — Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields (left) listens as Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks during a presser at the Atlanta Public Safety Headquarters, Monday, October 7, 2019. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal Constitution)
10/07/2019 — Atlanta, Georgia — Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields (left) listens as Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks during a presser at the Atlanta Public Safety Headquarters, Monday, October 7, 2019. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal Constitution)

City of Atlanta employees on Friday first learned that all non-essential would work from home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus when Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms made the announcement on national television.

The city on Friday was already conducting a non-essential employee teleworking test run, meaning employees who could perform their duties from home did not have to come into the office.

Several hours after Bottoms made the announcement on MSNBC, a citywide notice was issued that teleworking would continue through March, 31.

At city hall on Friday, staff was on hand to accept construction permit and business license applications and take water bill payments.

The Atlanta City Council is also planning to conduct business remotely.

City Council President Felicia Moore told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday that Monday’s 1 p.m. council meeting had been rescheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday and would be occur via teleconference.

For the public participation portion of the meeting, the public could email their comments to the council and they would be put into the official record, Moore said. The public will also be allowed to listen to the meeting by phone.

The council will be on recess after Tuesday’s meeting and isn’t scheduled to meet again until April 20.