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City to close skywalks in Duluth temporarily

City to close skywalks in Duluth temporarily Photo: WDIO-TV, file

Updated: March 27, 2020 03:28 PM

Following in line with Governor Walz's Stay at Home Executive Order, the City of Duluth, in partnership with the Greater Downtown Council will temporarily close the skywalk system. 

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According to a press release, the entire system will be closed except the Northwest Passage from the Transportation Center to the DECC parking ramp. This section will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m Monday through Friday. 

"We realize that this will be inconvenient, not only for essential workers working in downtown but for the public who uses the
skywalk system to walk in," Erik Birkeland, City of Duluth property and facilities manager said in a press release. "Essential employees will be asked to use the street to access parking facilities and buildings. This is an unfortunate but necessary step that we need to
take to keep the skywalk system safe and properties secure."

Kristi Stokes, president of the Greater Downtown Council says they support the city's decision to close the skywalks. "These are uncertain and difficult times," she said. "We have worked with property owners to ensure essential workers will still have access to their
offices and operations. We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we do our best to keep our community safe and healthy."

The skywalk system will close at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27 until April 13. consistent with Governor Walz’s Stay at Home Executive Order.

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