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Norwich police station lobby closed to public after COVID-19 outbreak

Norwich — The Norwich police station was closed to the public again Monday, after an outbreak of COVID-19 among police department staff.

The lobby will remain closed until further notice.

City Manager John Salomone said the department has several COVID-19 cases among department employees.

“There are some cases at the police station,” Salomone said prior to Monday’s City Council meeting. “For the safety of the public, we closed the lobby.”

In August, Salomone issued a mask mandate through Oct. 22 for city buildings and businesses in response to a rise in COVID-19 cases. The mandate is being reviewed monthly.

Salomone told the City Council Monday he wants to see at least three weeks of decreasing COVID-19 infection rates before discontinuing the city mask mandate. He said cases have leveled off in recent weeks, and he will consider lifting the mandate. Norwich has had the highest infection rate in New London County.

"I'm in no rush to do it," he said of lifting the indoor mask mandate. "We'll see what the trend leads to. Unfortunately, the city also lags behind in the number of people inoculated."

 

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