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Lawrence mayor institutes city hall dress code

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LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) - The new mayor of Lawrence has instituted a dress code at city hall, but it isn't sitting well with some workers.

Mayor Daniel Rivera issued a memo last week banning casual clothing including T-shirts, jeans, sweats, bib overalls, Bermuda shorts, spandex and pajamas. He says he may consider casual Fridays in the future.

“If you're looking to pull a permit on a $100,000 project, and the person on the other side doesn’t look like a professional they look like they just rolled out of bed, that's a problem for us,” he said.

Rivera also directed "all males working in an office environment" to wear ties.

He says he's trying to change the city's image.

“You can’t wear jeans in an environment where people expect you to be professional,” Rivera said.

Rivera also sent a memo to employees reminding them that they cannot park in front of City Hall, those spots are expected to be reserved for residents.
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