DANBURY — Employees will return to City Hall in shifts beginning Monday, with plans to allow the public into the building toward the end of the month.

Staff will be separated into two groups, with one group working in the office Monday through Thursday while the other group is at home. The next week, the groups will switch.

“This model can potentially keep infectious employees out of the workplace while reducing occupancy by 50% as indicated in the State guidelines,” Mayor Mark Boughton wrote in a letter to City Council.

Shifts will be staggered between 7:30 a.m. to 6 or 6:30 p.m. Employees over the age of 65 or employees with high-risk health conditions may continue to work from home if possible.

Offices outside of City Hall may or may not follow the alternating week or staggered schedule based on the employee and visitor occupancy of the department, Boughton said.

Staff members had been working from home throughout the pandemic, although some employees still came into City Hall.

Beginning the week of July 27, visitors will be allowed back by appointment only from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Visitors must wear masks and will be signed in by the security guard in the lobby.

No more than two to three visitors will be permitted in a department at one time, depending on the space available.

Mail, deliveries and packages will be left with the security guard.

The city is also taking precautions such as masks and sanitation.

“As we are all aware, these are unprecedented times that are continually evolving and changing,” Boughton wrote. “Therefore, as any local, state and/or federal guidance, laws, regulations, executive orders, policies, emergency health plans and/or guidelines are updated, discontinued and/or modified, the City reserves the right to update, discontinue, and/or modify its guidance, policies and practices.”