FARGO — The city of Fargo announced Thursday evening, July 2, that by order of Mayor Tim Mahoney the city will enter the second phase of its "Reopening Fargo" plan beginning Monday, July 13.

As part of the second phase, all City Hall departmental reception doors will be open to the public. Additionally, the allowed capacity for the Fargo City Commission chambers will double, increasing from 25% to 50%. The change will allow up to 125 people in the chambers at a time.

Public meetings will resume in-person presence, but virtual accommodations will be made for those who are uncomfortable or unable to participate in person.

As part of the second phase, MATBUS will operate fare-free through the end of the year.

After being deferred in phase one, late payment fees for city utility bills will begin to be assessed in July. Utility shut-offs will also resume during the second phase, when applicable.

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All three public library locations will open to the public after having been closed for three and a half months.

At city facilities, paper masks will be available for guests and enhanced cleaning schedules will continue. Acrylic panels in lobbies will continue to be used during phase two.

City staff will undergo daily symptom self-screening prior to reporting to work and continue to adhere to state recommended guidelines. Official city travel will remain suspended.

Residents are still able to visit FargoND.gov/Virtual to access city services and staff. Access to the exterior of City Hall will continue to be controlled through video and electronic entry.