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Chesterfield County Gets Their Buildings Ready to Reopen

Government Complex Sign
Chesterfield residents will soon be allowed back into government buildings, but it'll be on a phased-in basis. (Photo: Ian Stewart/VPM News)

County buildings in Chesterfield are getting closer to reopening to the public. 

But before the doors are unlocked, the county is putting in place new safety requirements for the coronavirus. 

Deputy County Administrator Scott Zaremba says the rules are still being finalized and that buildings will be opened in phases, but they will include everything from mandating face coverings for both staff and the public to limits on how many people can go into buildings.  

“Appropriate signage will be posted in the parking lots so citizens understand the rules before they even approach the front door,” Zaremba said.

Rules sign

Zaremba says that all conference rooms, including ones where public meetings are held, will now have lower occupancy limits. Other new guidelines include adding more places to drop off water or tax bills outside of the building and strategically moving visitors in one door and out the other. 

The first county building to open will be the treasures' office. Zaremba says that if lines get too long inside the office, people will be required to wait outside. He says that opening this office first, will be viewed as a test run for other county buildings. 

Doors will open to the public on June 1.