City Hall shuts due to COVID-related staffing woes

File photo City Hall on Warren Street.

HUDSON — City Hall closed Tuesday and will be closed Wednesday due to COVID-related staffing issues, officials announced Tuesday.

The building, at 520 Warren St., will remain closed for Thanksgiving holiday Thursday and Friday.

“In response to recent COVID-related staffing issues, and in the interest of the health of staff and citizens, City Hall will be closed today and tomorrow, Nov. 23 and 24, 2021, to accommodate for a deep cleaning of the building,” officials said in a statement.

As of Monday, the Columbia County Department of Health reported 52 new COVID cases, bringing the county total to 203 active cases, according to the department’s website.

The city also had to delay recycling pickup one week to Nov. 26 after a COVID outbreak.

Superintendent of Public Works Rob Perry said city residents should hold on to their recyclables until the next scheduled collection Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

Perry expects a staffing shortage after six department employees tested positive for the coronavirus Nov. 15 and state health officials to institute a mandatory testing and quarantine period. The department employs 16 people.

Holding recycling should not create additional problems, Perry said Wednesday.

“Recycling doesn’t go bad,” he added. “If they hold onto it for a week, it’s not a public health issue.”

Two public works crews complete the recycling pickup once per week, requiring a minimum of six employees.

Perry postponed the recycling pick-up to be proactive, he said.

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