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HONESDALE -- The Wayne County Courthouse and most other county buildings opened for business Monday morning, with noticeable changes in place with the health and safety of county employees and visitors in mind.
County commissioners implemented a restricted access policy for the courthouse, the Area Agency on Aging Building and Park Street Complex to limit but not eliminate public access to those buildings so essential government functions can continue.
Those entering these three facilities Monday noticed not only a sheriffs deputy stationed at each door but a county employee as well greeting visitors and asking what their business was and trying to coordinate ways to have that business done via phone or email if possible. If that wasn’t an option county department heads were following policies they crafted to handle walk ins but also protect their staff as best as possible from COVID-19.
Some departments created drop off boxes at the building entrances so documents and filings could be left there without any face-to-face interaction. Other departments are still allowing access to their office. And county commissioners will still be holding their weekly meetings and they will be open to the public.
All three Wayne County commissioners spent time Monday helping to greet visitors to county buildings and explain the new protocols and make sure things went smoothly.
Commissioner Brian Smith, who spent Monday morning greeting those entering the courthouse, said the county is doing everything possible to restrict access when appropriate but also ensuring county business is conducted and the public can still utilize county offices when possible.
Commissioner Joe Adams, who was at the Park Street Complex front door, said the public should be relying on emails, phone calls, website uploads and whatever else they can to cut down on as much foot traffic as possible to county buildings.
Commissioner Jocelyn Cramer, who assisted with entrance greetings at the Aging Office, said she appreciates the cooperation of all county employees and the public who are all doing their best to get through unchartered waters while making sure county government remains open and effective.
The commissioners will continue to participate in daily calls and emailed updates with the governor’s office, the state department of health, FEMA, PEMA, the CDC, federal and state legislators and will continue to share updates regularly.
As a reminder, the following important changes have also occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic: