Duluth reopening city hall, court after coronavirus closures

The Duluth City Council recently voted to amend the city code allowing the mayor and council members to decline salary and/or per meeting compensation. (Courtesy City of Duluth)
The Duluth City Council recently voted to amend the city code allowing the mayor and council members to decline salary and/or per meeting compensation. (Courtesy City of Duluth)

Duluth is the latest city in Gwinnett County to reopen its government facilities after closures caused by coronavirus.

The city will reopen its city hall on May 14, when the statewide public health emergency is set to expire. The Duluth Municipal Court will reopen on May 18. Both facilities will adopt new measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus while allowing business to be conducted.

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When Duluth City Hall reopens on Thursday, May 14, all people will be required  to wear masks, the city said in a release. Social distancing, including people keeping six feet away from each other, will be enforced whenever possible and visual markers will be put in place to encourage compliance. More hand sanitizing stations will be available, including at building entrances, and all visitors will be asked to sanitize upon arrival and before leaving.

The municipal court will restrict the courtroom to the defendant and their attorney for each case, in addition to a judge, solicitor and other courtroom staff. If the defendant needs an interpreter or is under 21 and needs a parent present, those people will be allowed.

“We want to keep everyone as safe as possible when conducting business with us,” said city spokesperson Talore Ruedt in a press release. “Please be prepared to follow these new procedures.”

Duluth joins Braselton, Snellville and Lawrenceville in moving to reopen some city facilities. All have done so with new restrictions or requirements in place to protect residents and employees from coronavirus.

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