Following a nine week closure, Benton County offices will reopen to the public on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
According to a statement from the county, the public can expect “check-in stations” at the entryway of each County facility. They say the stations will provide hand sanitizer and disposable face masks, and guide individuals that feel sick or have symptoms not to enter the facility and instead to conduct business over the phone or by email.
All members of the public will be asked to wear a face covering or mask when entering County facilities. Additionally, individuals will need to provide contact information in order for the County to conduct contact tracing, in the case of possible exposure.
“The safety of County employees is our top priority,” said Joe Kerby, Benton County Administrator. “We spent the past two weeks preparing our offices to reopen. Each facility now has a check-in station that provides ample physical distance for employees and members of the public to conduct business.”
“Although the doors to our County buildings are open to the public we do have limited staffing, and limited space in some of our lobbies. We encourage calling before arriving so appointments can be set up if necessary. In most instances, we still ask the public to conduct County business online, via email or over the phone. However, there are some services that require individuals to visit our offices. For these specific in-person services, we’re asking everyone to sanitize their hands, put on a mask and provide contact information when entering the building.”
Employees working reception or customer-facing roles will also be wearing masks for the public’s safety.
Benton County closed public access to all lobbies and meeting spaces on Monday, March 23, 2020. The service adjustments were undertaken in accordance with guidelines from public health authorities to reduce the spread of COVID-19.