Benton County Offices Temporarily Closing to Public

Benton County has announced that they will begin restricting access to lobbies and meeting spaces on Monday, August 30, according to a press release on the County website. The closures are in response to the increase of cases of COVID-19 in both Benton County and across the state. 

“Benton County is once again implementing risk reduction measures in order to protect our community by limiting the spread of COVID-19,” said County Administrator Joe Kerby. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, Benton County has sought to find adaptable solutions that enable us to build a resilient organization and provide the best service possible to our community.”

During a Board of Commissioners meeting earlier this month, the Board decided to implement Order #D2021-063, mandating measures such as requiring masking outdoors when social distancing is impossible, and reaffirming Governor Kate Brown’s renewed mask mandate.  

Closures will not affect community health centers, and Board of Commissioners meetings and advisory committee meetings will be able to be accessed by the public via GoToMeeting.

By Millicent Durand