The Jefferson County Courthouse reopened to the public by appointment only and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office lobby reopened for business. Both were effective Monday, May 18, after being closed due to COVID-19 concerns.


COURTHOUSE


To visit the courthouse, appointments can be scheduled by contacting the appropriate county department prior to going to the courthouse. JeffersonCountyAR.gov contains department contact information, according to the May 15 news release.


County Judge Gerald Robinson has established a set of new guidelines for entering the building to protect the health of county employees and the public.


Visitors will be required to wear proper personal protection, specifically masks and gloves. Courthouse security will also take temperature readings using a non-contact thermometer and administer a set of COVID-19 screening questions prior to visitors entering the building.


All persons are advised to practice physical distance guidelines whenever possible on courthouse grounds by adhering to six feet of separation from other groups of people not traveling with them. Details: JeffersonCountyAR.gov.


SHERIFF’S OFFICE


Jefferson County Sheriff Lafayette Woods Jr. announced that the sheriff’s office lobby reopened May 18.


The office is open for all transactions now that most of the public restrictions put in place by Gov. Asa Hutchinson have been lifted, according to the news release.


Woods encourages everyone to continue to follow best practices regarding physical distancing, hygiene and wearing a protective face mask while in public.


The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Details: Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, 870-541-5351.