Attleboro City Hall is being closed to the public for nearly two weeks after Thanksgiving in an effort to stem further spread of the coronavirus, the mayor says.
The closure from Nov. 26 until Dec. 7 is needed to fend off virus cases that employees and members of the public could pick up during Thanksgiving celebrations, Mayor Paul Heroux said Wednesday. During the shutdown, some city employees will work from home and some will work on staggered schedule, he said.
"The average incubation period is about 2-12 days. If we remain closed to the public, we will decrease the chances of this disease being further spread among our staff and their families," he said in a statement.
As of Wednesday, 10 city employees had tested positive for the coronavirus and another nine were awaiting test results, he said. The Assessor's Office and library were closed earlier this week for deep cleaning.
Heroux said it appears city employees are contracting the virus outside of work.