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Norwich city offices reopen Monday

Norwich — City government offices will open fully to the public beginning Monday, City Manager John Salomone said, although some busy departments, such as city clerk and human services, might still request people make appointments to avoid crowds.

Some boards and commissions will continue to hold hybrid or virtual meetings, however, as allowed by Gov. Ned Lamont at least through June 30.

Public events also are ramping up. Norwich will host a Memorial Day parade at noon on May 31, and Salomone admitted it’s bigger than he originally had planned. 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 back to the Howard T. Brown Memorial Park at Norwich Harbor, with no social distancing requirements.

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

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

-- Claire Bessette


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