COLUMBIA CITY — Effective immediately, access to Whitley County government facilities will be by appointment only, according to a news release from the county.
This includes access to the government center, courthouse, sheriff’s office, community corrections, highway department, solid waste department and the Purdue Extension Office.
In an effort to support and abide by Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-48 for county-based measures and restrictions based on the impact and spread of COVID-19, Whitley County commissioners have consulted with the Whitley County Health Department and Health Officer Dr. Burkett.
Upon a review of local data the commissioners have determined additional precautions are necessary to ensure the health and safety of the community.
Limitations and access to county facilities will coincide with specific color code designations by the Indiana Department of Health as follows:
- blue, yellow or orange: Buildings are open to the public so long as face coverings are worn and social distancing is maintained.
- red: County facilities will be secured and access granted by appointment only. Face coverings are required and social distancing is maintained.
The commissioners are taking steps to minimize face-to-face interaction while still keeping critical/essential government departments open and functioning. Whitley County commissioners will continue to evaluate the health and safety of all residents as well as the functions of government operations on a weekly basis.
“We believe we are operating with due diligence and maximum protection of our employees and the public at this time by enacting restricted access/by appointment only if necessary to all government offices,” said Commissioner Don Amber.