Citing Virginia mass shooting, Edina closes all but one entrance at City Hall

There will be a single public entrance to the building.
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Starting next month there will be only one way for the public to enter Edina City Hall.

The city announced this week that all visitors to the building at 4801 W. 50th St. must enter through its main entrance, with the Eden Avenue entrance closed to the public and for use by employees only.

The reason given for the change is the mass shooting in Virginia Beach, Virginia, earlier this month, when a disgruntled city employee shot 12 colleagues dead at a municipal building days after submitting his resignation.

Edina has said that a "building's entrance is the first line of defense when it comes to safety," adding that a single point of entry makes it easier to monitor traffic coming in and out of the building.

The move mimics steps taken by a number of schools across the country in recent years, creating single entry points for students in an effort to reduce the risk of school shootings.

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"The tragic mass murder of city employees in a Virginia Beach, Virginia, municipal building last month is yet another reminder of the importance of paying attention to workplace safety and security in local government buildings and facilities," said Edina City Manager Scott Neal.

"City government leaders take this issue seriously."

Neal says the city has been working with employees to improve workplace safety and security for more than a year, with the aid of Edina PD Lt. Brian Tholen.

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