The Day – Norwich City Offices reopen on Monday

Norwich – City government offices will be fully open to the public from Monday, City Manager John Salomone said, although some very busy departments, such as the City Clerk and Social Services, may still be asking people to make appointments to avoid crowds.

However, some boards and commissions will continue to hold hybrid or virtual meetings, as allowed by Governor Ned Lamont at least until June 30.

Public events are also on the increase. Norwich will host a Memorial Day parade at noon on May 31, and Salomone admitted he was taller than he originally expected. The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce plans to hold two summer concerts at the Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium before moving the popular Rock the Docks series to the Howard T. Brown Memorial Park in Norwich Harbor, without any requirement to social distancing.

Salomone said city officials were not yet sure whether to bring the July 4 fireworks back to Norwich Harbor. The event, canceled two years ago over funding issues and last year by the pandemic, draws crowded crowds every year, and Salomone said it could be even more crowded the first time around.

“We’re still talking about this,” Salomone said.

– Claire Bessette

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