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Fairfield closes city offices amid coronavirus surge

The city of Fairfield is closing several of its offices in response to rising COVID-19 cases in...
The city of Fairfield is closing several of its offices in response to rising COVID-19 cases in the area.(James Barrickman)
Published: Nov. 16, 2020 at 7:47 PM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - The city of Fairfield is closing several city offices until further notice.

After the Fairfield Community School District decided to move to online learning last week, city leaders have decided to close City Hall, Public Works, and Water Works to the general public in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the area. These offices will retain their normal functions. All bills that need to be paid can be done by mail, online, or over the phone.

Jefferson County has 493 total cases of COVID-19 as of Monday.

“You should be wearing a mask,” said Fairfield City Administrator, Aaron Kooiker. “We as a city, that’s what we’re doing with our staff. All of our meetings from here on, we will be wearing masks in council meetings. In board of adjustment meetings we’ll have masks on. We’re going to set the example and hopefully people follow that."

While other city buildings are closing, the Fairfield Rec Center will remain open. City leaders say there is ample room for social distancing within that building.

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