By Terry Harris
County Offices Open No Appointment Needed,” reads the banner on the official Surry County website.
As part of the effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, for the past several months business in county offices has been by appointment only in order to limit the amount of foot traffic in buildings and offices. And the notice clearly states that although the masks mandate and other restrictions have been lifted by the State of Virginie, post COVID safety and security of employees and citizens is still a priority.
The post indicates that hand sanitizer stations will remain available and social distancing will continue to be encouraged, plus the drop box remains available for those wanting to make payments at the Treasurer’s office. It also states that increased cleaning and disinfection of work areas and other protocols will continue and urges members of the public and employees to wear a mask if not fully vaccinated.
Though not required, the option to call ahead to make an appointment before vising the government center or offices also remains in place, and the presence of an on-site attendant to check in visitors and direct traffic as needed will continue in the main office building/Government Center.
The post ends with “While still being security and safety cautious, this will limit the number of citizens or visitors in one space at a time being that most offices are small and confined. We have come a long way since this time last year. Continue to stay safe and have an enjoyable summer.”