Potter County buildings to close for two weeks: Effective November 10th

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POTTER COUNTY, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) –Potter County Officials have announced that they will be closing county buildings to the public for a two week period, beginning tomorrow, November 10th.

This announcement following the city’s decision to close city buildings to the public last Wednesday.

City Manager, Jared Miller, stated, “the city is taking steps to reduce face to face contact in city facilities and at city locations. This is not a shutdown of any kind for any private or other jurisdictional facilities. This only effects city facilities.”

With a winning vote of three to two, Potter County officials now plan to do the same with county buildings.

In regards to this action, Judge Nancy Tanner said that county employees will still come in to work, unless they are already working from home.

Potter County Judge Nancy Tanner stated, “we’re trying to save some lives here. There have been so many people die from this. There are people that are very, very ill right now, that I know personally. So we’re trying to save some lives. If we can save one, it’s worth it to me.”

The buildings that will be shutting down will include: the Potter County Courthouse, the District Courts located in the Santa Fe building, and the county jail.

Additionally, for those that still need to get tasks done at county offices, such as, renew tags or get a special license, this can still be accomplished.

Judge Tanner stated, “They will need to call the office and see if they can come in and make an appointment with them, and meet them at a mutual place and get it done for them. Yes, just wear a mask.”

With this action, county officials are trying to figure out the best way they can help slow the spread.

Miller explained, “setting the example and emphasizing the importance of reducing our face to face interactions. When we do have to have those face to face interactions, we’re militant about wearing our masks, maintaining social distancing, the sanitization measures that are necessary to keep our workspaces safe.”

County officials stated, “while the county cannot and will not impose any lockdown or business closures in light of Governor Greg Abbott’s Emergency Order, the county cannot sit idly by while the pandemic rages through our community.”

These closures will go into effect early Tuesday morning at 12:01 a.m.

This two week time period will end on Friday, November 20th.

During these weeks, as facts come in, Judge Tanner will be able to make her decision to extend or discontinue this closure.

Additionally, due to the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in Wheeler County, the Wheeler County Commissioners’ Court voted this morning to close the Wheeler County Courthouse to the public until further notice.

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