Levy Court announces gradual reopening plans

The Levy Court complex building in Dover will have separate entry and exit points and staff will escort visitors to their destinations. (Submitted photo/Levy Court)

DOVER — Kent County officials on Tuesday announced gradual reopening plans for Levy Court facilities, effective June 1.

The county encouraged the public to schedule visits to the complex at 555 Bay Road in advance, and face coverings are required for anyone entering, employees included.

Hours will continue to be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and security guards will manage the public entrance. Visitors will be screened and move into the lobby area and wait to be escorted by staff to their business or meeting location.

The building will have separate entry and exit points. Group meetings will be limited to 10 or fewer persons.

The Levy Court complex building in Dover will have separate entry and exit points and staff will escort visitors to their destinations. (Submitted photo/Levy Court)

“We’ll be instituting several measures and physical changes in buildings to manage the number and flow of people and to promote social distancing and hand sanitation,” County Administrator Michael Petit de Mange said in a news release.

The entire announcement is available online at co.kent.de.us/newsroom.

Among other precautions, employees will have their temperature taken with no touch thermometers upon arrival to work and anyone with a 99.5 degree reading or more will be sent home.

The county noted other features of its upcoming reopening including, among others:

• Doors throughout the complex are equipped with hand sanitizer stations and chimes have been placed at doorway entrances in key locations to help employees know someone is either entering or exiting the building.

• Floor decals have been added so that social distancing at customer counters can be maintained, as well as, clear directional signage installed to assist visitors moving within the buildings.

• A new customer service station has been added on the first floor, and plexiglass shields are now installed at customer counters.

• There are some “employee only” areas that are cordoned off to separate public from non-public spaces.

In its news release, the county said application deadlines for the School Property Tax Credit and the Senior and Disability Tax Exemption have been extended to June 1 and June 15, respectively.

The county suggested that residents paying tax and sewer bills use the drop box at the south end of the complex’s visitors parking lot.

Full-time parks staff will return to duties in staggered shifts, while employees will resume work while the library remains closed. Fines are waived through June, and a bookdrop is available for returning materials.

Gatherings of no more than 10 people are allowed at Kesselring Park.

“All other parks will remain open to limited public use of trails, fields, passive recreation and parking areas,” the news release said.

“Playgrounds, pavilions, and restrooms will remain closed. Face coverings are required for staff and visitors and are requested on trails.”

From June 2 through June 6, curbside pickup service will run. Scheduling and customer inquiries can be made via telephone Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Helpful Coronavirus links

Delaware Division of Health Coronavirus Page
CDC: About the Coronavirus Disease 2019
CDC: What to do if You Are Sick
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
AP News Coronavirus Coverage
Reopening Delaware: Resources for Businesses
Delaware Phase 2 guidance

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