County Offices Reopen With Precautions

Porter County Government Buildings Will Open To Public With Precautions On Monday, June 1

On May 29th, the Porter County Commissioners announced that County buildings will open to the public with precautions on Monday, June 1st. This includes the Porter County Administration Center, Valparaiso Courthouse and both buildings at the North County Government Complex in Portage.

The Memorial Opera House and Porter County Expo Center will remain closed until further notice and public access to the Porter County Animal Shelter will remain on an appointment only basis.

“This is the next step in our staged reopening of County offices,” said Commissioner Jim Biggs. “Based on the current COVID-19 trends in Porter County, we feel that we can safely welcome the public back while minimizing the risk of spreading the virus.”

Temperature screening of the public will take place at each building and anyone whose temperature exceeds CDC guidelines will not be allowed to enter. Every member of the public will be required to wear masks while inside County buildings. Citizens are encouraged to bring their own masks. There may be a limited supply of masks available to those persons who do not have one.

At the Porter County Administration Center, public access will ONLY be available through the main entrance on Indiana Avenue. There will be no public access to the building from the parking garage. For citizens who plan on voting early at the Administration Center on Monday from 8:30 AM to Noon, access to the Early Voting office will only be available through the entrance on Napoleon Street. Parking for early voting will also be available on the east side of Napoleon between Indiana Avenue and Monroe Street.

Additionally, the County Facilities Department will continue the enhanced cleaning of the public/common areas with disinfectant and antiviral cleaning products as well as provide each department anti-viral cleaning products, as available.  Each department shall be responsible for additional cleaning of commonly used spaces and surfaces within the private workspaces.  Hand sanitizer, hand sanitizer stations, and disinfecting wipes shall be provided throughout the public/common areas of the County buildings and to each department, as available. 

County employees are required to wear masks in any public/common space within any County building, and the County highly recommends that all employees wear a face mask at all times while at work. Sneeze guards have been installed in each office that has a customer service counter. County employees shall be either behind a sneeze guard or wear a mask when dealing with a citizen.

“We have implemented all of the safeguards possible to assure the safety of our citizens and employees,” said Commissioner Laura Blaney. “We thank the public for their patience and are extremely grateful to our amazing employees for embracing the new normal of County business.”

You can also continue to access County services WITHOUT visiting our offices. FIND MORE INFORMATION HERE.