As part of an effort to ensure the health and safety of Chicago's residents and City employees, and to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced City Hall will not be open to the general public effective March 20 and until an announcement to resume normal operations is made.
The building will remain open to essential personnel and aldermen in order to help maintain the continuity of government and essential city services. New temporary policies will only permit employees with proper identification to access their respective floors in the building.
The City Hall Press Corps will be allowed to continue work on the second floor and additional media personnel will be able to cover events advised by the Mayor's Press Office.
All public safety departments, including the Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department and the Office Emergency Management & Communications, will continue to operate at full staffing levels. Critical services including sanitation, water, human services, facilities, technology and airport operations will remain fully staffed and operational.