Scranton City Hall to close through Wednesday out of precaution

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU/TV) — Coinciding with the presidential inauguration, the city of Scranton has closed city hall for the next two days.

However, the mayor tells us there are currently no threats to Scranton City Hall or other properties in Scranton. This decision was announced Friday afternoon.

Ahead of President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration this week, Scranton Municipal Building will remain closed through Wednesday.

Mayor Paige Cognetti announced Scranton City Hall will be closed out of an abundance of caution in light of recent events in D.C. and the closure at the state Capitol.

City hall employees will be working remotely.

“We decided given everything that’s going on at the Capitol and the general threats against state and local governments that we should close city hall through the 20th. It’s just a precaution, again, no direct threats to Scranton but we thought it was best to be cautious on this,” said Mayor Cognetti.

Mayor Cognetti told Eyewitness News the decision was made following the closure of the Pennsylvania Capitol complex in Harrisburg on these same days.

“When they made that decision it seemed like an obvious decision to follow suit, close through the 20th and not leave anything to chance.”

Although there are currently no direct threats to the city, officials are closely monitoring.

If you hear or see anything that you believe is cause for concern, officials ask you to report it to law enforcement immediately.

To report a threat, you can call 911, contact the Scranton dispatch non-emergency number at 570-348-4141, leave a tip on the city’s tipline or notify any uniformed police officer.

“You can always dial that with anything non-emergency and say ‘yeah I saw something,’ and ‘I heard something,’ ‘I saw something on the internet,’ again better safe than sorry… More information rather than less is always a good thing,” said Mayor Cognetti.

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