Courthouse to open for limited public access Monday

| May 15, 2020 3:06 PM

While Boundary County officials are requesting the public continue to conduct county business online, over the phone, or through the mail whenever possible, the courthouse will be opened for limited public access beginning Monday, May 18.

However, for transactions that must be done in person the county will begin limited public access to the County Courthouse.

Now that Governor Brad Little has led the state into Stage 2, Andrew McNeel, Boundary County director of Emergency Management, said the courthouse will open its doors to the public for business with the following guidelines in place:

• All citizens and employees must wear face coverings (masks) while in the courthouse building, by order of the Idaho Supreme Court.

• Only 9 people will be able to be in the courthouse building at one time. A monitor will be present at the front doors to keep count and answer questions. If the courthouse reaches the limit, additional citizens must wait outside until someone else leaves.

• Entry will only be available through the front doors on Kootenai Street. The back door will be locked. Special exception can be made for wheelchair access.

• The boxes for ballots, payments, auto registrations, etc. will still be in place at both doors for your convenience.

• Social distancing of at least 6 feet should be maintained, and only one single person (not groups) will be able to enter to conduct business.

• Only one person will be allowed at the counter to conduct business at a time. There will be tape markings on the floor to help keep the 6-foot distancing while waiting in line.

• Anyone entering should go directly to, or to the line for, the office that can assist them. Please do not loiter once your business is completed.

• No passports will be processed at this time as processing by the federal government is not occurring.

These rules apply only to the courthouse. Other county offices will be opening with similar restrictions including face covering requirements, so please check with them before visiting in person.

“Actual court operations fall under the jurisdiction of the Idaho Supreme Court and there will be different protocols established for court functions,” McNeel said. “We appreciate the cooperation and continued understanding. Thank you for following these rules to help protect the most vulnerable members within our community.”