The Kanawha County Courthouse kicked off a safe opening for courthouse facilities on May 18.

Employees, members of the public and vendors who are ill or have flu-like symptoms won’t be allowed to enter any building or office.

Fever screening is mandatory prior to entry.

The public is still encouraged to call or visit the website at www.kanawha.us before visiting any office.

Facial coverings are required for access to the judicial annex building and the county clerk’s record room and are strongly recommended for all other areas. Individuals must provide their own appropriate facial covering.

“With the utmost care and caution, we will be safely expanding access to the courthouse buildings,” said Commission President W. Kent Carper. “We ask that citizens show respect for each other and our employees by following these new safety protocols.”

“The judicial building will be allowing public access per the regulations issued by the Supreme Court and Chief Judge Charlie King,” said Commissioner Ben Salango. “Multiple safety precautions, including mandatory fever screening and facial coverings for visitors, have been put in place to protect court personnel and the public.”

“It is great that we are able to reopen our buildings to the public,” said Commissioner Hoppy Shores. “We can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Each office may require appointments, maintain individual hours and may implement additional safeguards.

To check ahead, office numbers include: County commission, 304-357-0101; circuit clerk, 304-357-0440; county clerk, 304-357-0130; assessor, 304-357-0250; prosecuting attorney, 304-357-0300; sheriff’s tax office, 304-357-0210; and sheriff’s law enforcement, 304-357-0200.

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