Douglas County Courthouse reopens to public

The Douglas County Courthouse reopened to the public Monday following the implementation of new safety measures.

Posted: Apr 27, 2020 9:01 AM
Updated: Apr 27, 2020 6:56 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. – The Douglas County Courthouse reopened to the public Monday following the implementation of new safety measures to protect the health of visitors and employees.

All county departments will resume normal hours of operation, except for the fairgrounds, Douglas County Museum and Umpqua Lighthouse Museum, which will remain closed.

In a news release, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners said “very strict” social distancing measures are to be followed at the courthouse.

“In order to provide a safe and healthy workplace for our employees and the visiting public, we ask that you only visit the courthouse if necessary and stay at home if you are sick,” the release said.

However, employees told KEZI 9 News that they're excited to get back to work. 

“I think most employees were anxious to get back to work," said Michael Kurtz, human resources director for the Douglas County Courthouse. "They enjoy serving the public, they enjoy their jobs, they work hard at it and they’re excited to continue to do so.”

Some of the new safety measures include more space between workstations, all unnecessary meetings have been canceled and new plexi-glass sneeze guards have been installed in departments that work with the public. Masks will also be provided to the public.

The Douglas County Courthouse is located at 1036 SE Douglas Ave. in Roseburg. The courthouse is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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