Six months after shutting its doors to the public due to the Covid-19 pandemic, parts of the Edgartown town hall are finally set to reopen by appointment only on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

At the Edgartown selectmen’s meeting on Monday, town administrator James Hagerty announced that the first floor of the town hall would be reopened with plexi-glass barriers, arranged seating and the requisite doors for certain offices next week.

The town hall has been closed since the third week in March, when municipal governments across the Island enacted their emergency preparedness plans and shuttered most public buildings.

But as social distancing protocols have become ubiquitous, municipal buildings, like the Dukes County Courthouse, have started taking small steps to reopen their facilities. Edgartown is the first town to announce the reopening of its town hall to the public - albeit in a limited capacity.

“We’re going to start with that transition of the first floor,” Mr. Hagerty said at the meeting Monday.

In other business, Erin Ready, the executive director of the Edgartown Board of Trade, expressed confidence that Christmas in Edgartown - an annual event that includes Christmas shopping on the town’s Main street - would occur this year with social distancing protocols in place.

Ms. Ready said there would be a big push to shop local.

“Christmas in Edgartown will be happening this year, just in a reimagined format - one that is safe, conducive to everything that needs to happen for shopping in town,” Ms. Ready said. “We are beginning to work on that.”

Selectmen also approved the annual Bass in the Grass sculpture exhibition. The 23 bass - made by local artists - will be displayed in the Edgartown minipark for two weeks, starting Sept. 21.

Approvals were also given for a curb cut on 27 Mill Hill Road, as well as permits to excavate a public way on Road to the Plains and to block a public way on 41 Winter Street.