Courthouse finds ‘new normal’

Allen County officials are taking steps to reopen courthouse offices, while keeping a safe environment. The number of visitors inside the building is limited, while social distancing measures have been instituted.

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May 6, 2020 - 10:23 AM

Armed with a thermometer and hand sanitizer, deputy Joe Stotler screens visitors to the Allen County Courthouse. Photo by Trevor Hoag / Iola Register

Following the lifting of Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive stay-at-home order, visitors are now permitted inside the courthouse, though they should expect to encounter a number of COVID-19 related changes.

Currently, entry into the courthouse is only permitted via the north doors; hence commissioners asked that county employees be courteous and save that area’s parking spots for residents in order to improve accessibility.

At the north doors, Sheriff’s deputies are taking temperatures of all-comers with a contactless thermometer.

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