County opens facility lobbies to the public

Thursday, April 22, 2021

After a five month closure, Benton County will allow public access to all county facility lobbies beginning on Monday, April 26, 2021. 

“Benton County closed all County Facilities to the public in the fall to comply with the State’s business sector guidelines, as well as to protect our employees and residents from the risks of contracting and transmitting COVID-19,” said Commissioner Xan Augerot. 

“Because of Benton County residents’ vigilance in following COVID-19 precautions, the County has remained in the “High Risk” category for the past six weeks which has given us the confidence that we can safely reopen County lobbies to the public. While opening the lobbies is a positive move towards returning to normal business operations, now is not the time to let down your guard as we continue the race against vaccinating Benton County residents and the spread of COVID-19 variants.”

The health and safety of Benton County employees and residents remains the number one priority. The community can continue to expect enhanced safety COVID-19 safety measures at County facilities. 

These safety measures include:

  • There are “check-in stations” at the entryway of each County facility. 
  • These stations provide hand sanitizer and disposable face masks, and guide individuals that feel sick or have symptoms not to enter the facility and instead to conduct business over the phone or by email.
  • Everyone must wear a face covering or mask while in County facilities.
  • Additionally, individuals will need to provide contact information in order for the County to conduct contact tracing, in the case of possible exposure.

County services will continue to be available online or over the phone, and in some cases, in-person by appointment. The County asks that individuals conduct business online or over the phone whenever possible. However, there are some services that require individuals to visit our offices in-person. In those limited cases, we ask that you make an appointment prior to arriving at our offices.

The County will continue to utilize GoToMeeting to provide public access to Board of Commissioner meetings. County officials strongly encourage all individuals that are able to use the video link or phone number provided to listen to meetings from home. Additionally, the Board is live streaming meetings on Facebook Live every first, third and fourth Tuesday. Individuals can follow and like Benton County at https://facebook.com/BentonCoGov.

Following each meeting, video recordings will be available on the Benton County YouTube channel