County buildings, departments open on Monday
Clinton County turns ‘yellow,’ re-opens Friday
LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County commissioners have released the following plan for a soft-reopening of its buildings and departments to the public on Monday, in accordance with Governor Wolf’s move of the county from phase red to phase yellow.
Where possible, county employees will continue to rotate on-site work hours and work from home when able. All furloughed employees will remain so until individual recalls are approved by the commissioners.
“Clinton County Government has not closed and business operations have continued throughout the stay at home order and buldings were closed to the public,” the commissioners said.
Saying that this plan is created to gradually begin the process of opening to the public and providing the protocol under which that will happen.
Beginning on Monday, county business will continue to transpire Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All public meetings will continue to be held on-line.
Doors to county buildings will be unlocked and visitors will check in with security. The Garden Building will remain closed due to ongoing repairs from the water line break.
Each department within county government is unique in the service it provides and the access that is needed by the public. The commissioners have consulted with all departments and elected officials on their comfort level and ability to give minimal public access to county buildings.
If the desired department is already serving an appointment, visitors without an appointment may be asked to wait in the lobby. Departments may meet visitors in lobby if the purpose of the visit allows.
“The health and safety of our employees and our community are our priority,” the commissioners said.
Requirements for all Clinton County buildings
— A mask is required for all visitors and vendors of our buildings. Masks will not be provided to guests.
— A verbal and/or temperature screening of all visitors entering the building is required.
— Hand sanitizer will be provided at various locations throughout county buildings and specifically at public interaction areas.
— Protective barriers will be provided at public interaction counters and locations.
— Designated housekeeping staff will be cleaning with a focus on public interaction and high touch areas.
— Signs will be posted about social distancing, hand washing, and other preventative measures as a reminder to staff and visitors.
–Public will be prohibited from roaming office to office.
–The county will not approve work place travel/training.
All Clinton County employees will:
–Report any symptoms or exposure of COVID-19 to your immediate supervisor PRIOR to
reporting to work. Do not arrive to work ill or knowing you have had possible exposure.
–Continue to practice social distance measures while working on site.
–Wear masks when meeting with co-workers or public guests. Employees will not be required to wear masks while alone in their offices.
–When able, meet visitors at main door to deliver or receive items. Encourage phone and email
interaction before face-to-face meetings. Encourage items to be dropped off at our
correspondence boxes located at each county building.
–Regularly wash hands and sanitize workspaces.
–Only one person in elevator at a time.
–Only one person in restroom at a time.
— No public or workplace meetings needing more than five people will be held in person.
–Social distance and masks must be worn when meetings with five or less people take place.
–Electronic platforms will be used for meetings of five or more employees and/or public.
–Do not share equipment needed to do your job. (Computer, office supplies, etc.) Shared copiers should have disinfectant available and hand sanitizer close by.
–Employees are expected to limit personal travel and continue to follow the guidelines of the
CDC and Department of Health.
–Maintain the upmost concern for customer service and troubleshooting how best to help
members of our community.
–The county will continue to adhere to the Employee Pandemic Response Policy updated on March 18, 2020
All departments will:
–Work together to coordinate multi-office appointments for individuals needing multiple
–Notify visitors of the screening policies and other specifics prior to scheduled appointment.
— Inform building security personnel of appointments, both guest name and time expected. A
form will be provided for consistency.
The public will:
–Wear a mask when entering all county buildings. If a public visitor is unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition, please wait outside and a staff member will assist you.
— Call or email for an appointment when direct service is required.
–Use drop boxes on the front entrance of each building to deliver correspondence. If using drop box, place your items in an envelope and clearly mark the intended department.