Kewaunee County is closing all county facilities to the public, effective 1 p.m. Friday (March 20) and until further notice.

County Board Chairman Robert Weidner and County Administrator Scott Feldt made the announcement Friday morning. The County Board on Tuesday declared a public health emergency and authorized Weidner and Feldt to take any actions “necessary and expedient for the health, safety, protection, and welfare of persons and property within Kewaunee County in the emergency.”

The text of their announcement:

To protect the health of our County employees and the public, the Kewaunee County Board Chair and County Administrator have ordered all county facilities to be closed to the public effective Friday, March 20, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. until further notice. County Courthouse hours have been restricted to two hours each weekday. This is being taken as a precautionary step to lessen the spread of the COVID-19 virus within the County.

To meet our duty under law, the Kewaunee County Courthouse will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Noon) Monday through Friday to allow the public to attend critical court proceedings and to file documents with the Clerk of Courts, Register in Probate and Juvenile Clerk within mandatory deadlines.

The County recognizes that the people it serves have essential needs that must be met, even and especially, during an emergency like the one we are currently facing. County employees will be allowed access into buildings and are expected to work on-site or remotely as approved by their departments.

Members of the public should not expect to be allowed into buildings, but limited access may be allowed on a case-by-case basis for critical court proceedings and other departments by appointment only.

As always, we encourage everyone to continue to take precautions as this situation continues.

Stay home if you are sick.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.