The City Council reversed course on Tuesday and said the press would no longer be barred from its side of City Hall.
Council security had abruptly blocked reporters Monday from a swath of the public building’s east wing that has been open for decades, putting new rules in place after Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said she wanted to shield sensitive talks from public attention.
But the area was reopened Tuesday, and Council spokeswoman Robin Levine said only the speaker’s suite of offices would be off limits.
“If you need to be in that area, it’s fine,” she said. “We’re just saying you can’t go into the speaker’s office.”
The blocked-off area included a hallway and stairwells where reporters often speak to lawmakers, and where public documents related to the Council’s agenda are distributed. It also included a radio room the city renamed in 2013 in honor of legendary 1010 WINS reporter Stan Brooks.