CARMEL — After four city employees tested positive for COVID-19, Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard has decided to close Carmel City Hall and the city's Household Hazardous Waste site for at least two weeks.
The decision comes one day after neighboring Zionsville closed its town hall, and during a week in which Indiana has experienced record cases of the virus.
“As always, the safety of our employees and our residents is our top priority,” said Mayor Brainard. “We will continue to do all that we can to prevent the spread of this virus while we await a vaccine.”
City Hall and the waste site will be closed at least until November 20 in order to prevent additional spread of the virus. This is the second time these measures have been taken this year. City Hall was also closed from late March through July.
The city employees who tested positive for COVID-19 all work at City Hall, where masks and daily temperature checks have been required.
All municipal services will be available to the public remotely. Carmel city employees will be working from home as much as possible and the public is asked to communicate and conduct city business through phone and email. The only exception will be the November 16 Carmel City Council meeting which will take place at City Hall.
Besides Carmel and Zionsville, Elwood, on the Madison-Tipton County line, closed its municipal building this week because of COVID.