NEWPORT — Only municipal employees will be allowed to enter the Newport municipal building, with the exception of members of the public who have appointments.
Newport police say access to the police lobby window will continue as normal.
In a statement put out by the department today, police, fire, and inspection service members have also been instructed to maintain a social distance of six feet between individuals when responding to calls and avoid unnecessary personal contact when possible.
Local police and fire departments say they are working with dispatchers and ambulance staff to take precautions against the spread of COVID-19.
Anyone calling 911 for police or fire services will find that dispatchers are asking a number of questions about the health of the caller and those in their household to better prepare first responders and keep them safe from possible exposure to the virus.