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Washington County offices to reopen for in-person service June 1

Johnson City Press • Updated May 21, 2020 at 8:32 PM

Beginning June 1, the doors at both the Washington County Courthouse and the county’s Johnson City office will reopen to in-person service with precautions in place, according to a news release.

“We ask that everyone enter the courthouse from the side entrance across from Texas Burritos and More, or the ground floor entrance for ADA access, and follow the signage in the lobbies and observe physical distancing while in line for services,” Mayor Joe Grandy said in a news release. “For the first couple of weeks and per CDC guidelines for office buildings, we will temperature check anyone entering the courthouse.”

Because of novel coronavirus precautions, county offices closed to in-person service March 23. County employees continued to provide services over the phone, online and through the mail. Those measures, coupled with the extension of deadlines by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, allowed for a continuation of business.

“We are encouraging the continued use of online services for renewing tags, applying for permits and scheduling inspections to limit the number of individuals inside county buildings,” Grandy said.

Under Lee’s Executive Order No. 36, the deadline for renewing tags that expired in March, April or May is June 15, so residents have a little more time than usual.

At this time, the county plans to hold county committee meetings and the June commission meeting electronically. The occupancy limit still applies to courtrooms at the George Jaynes Justice Center. Libraries will open within the next few weeks, but continue to provide curbside service for patrons.

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