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Napa city offices, meetings to reopen to public in July
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Napa city offices, meetings to reopen to public in July

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Napa City offices will reopen for walk-in public service on July 6 and audiences will be allowed in person at city meetings on July 19, the city says.

City Manager Steve Potter told the city council on Tuesday that city departments will take walk-in traffic Mondays through Thursdays only, with the option to take appointments on Friday. He did not say whether masks will be required for walk-in service.

Public meetings, which have been closed to the public except by phone and video links, will open two weeks later. The first meeting on the city's calendar after that date so far is the city council meeting on July 20.

Masks will be required for in-person attendees at the meetings, Potter said. He later told the Register that audiences would be permitted at full capacity, provided that state and local public health orders don't require social distancing or restricted attendance.

The state lifted most coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday, though it left wide discretion for local businesses and agencies to set rules for return to in-person service.

Most local government services and meetings have been remote-only since March of 2020. Most public-serving departments, such as those issuing permits and approvals, have been appointment-only throughout the crisis.

Editor's Note: This item has been modified to add additional details from Potter.

Saturday's Art, Sip and Stroll festival in Yountville attracted one of the Napa Valley's largest crowds since the COVID-19 pandemic halted nearly all public gatherings in early 2020.

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