The McHenry County courthouse and administration building reopened for nonessential business on Monday, with some restrictions and safety guidelines in place, according to a news release from McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks.
The McHenry County Treasurer’s Office and McHenry County Animal Control also have reopened in accordance with Phase 3 of Gov. JB Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan, according to the release.
In all county facilities, face coverings and social distancing are required. Each building will use no-touch hand sanitizer dispensers, floor markings, no-touch bathroom faucets and social distancing signage to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Waiting rooms are required to operate at reduced capacity and scheduling appointments ahead of time is strongly encouraged, according to the release. Plastic shields will be used at customer service counters to further reduce the risk of transmission.
If visiting the McHenry County courthouse, residents should be sure to check the time of their appointment online through the Circuit Clerk Public Case Access Portal, as many appointment times have changed because of closures. Residents should arrive no more than 15 minutes before their appointment time and must leave once finished, according to the release.
Courthouse visitors must come alone, with the exception of anyone necessary to court proceedings, and should bring only their keys, photo ID, cash or credit card and court papers with them as purses and bags will not be allowed.
For McHenry County Administration Building visitors, everyone is required to have their temperature taken before entering the building. Visitors will be asked to come back at a later date if they have a temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or if they are displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19, according to the release.
The Offices of the County Clerk, Recorder, Assessor and Purchasing require that appointments be made in advance over the phone. For the GIS office, email email@example.com.
The Auditor’s Office, County Administration, Department of Health Administration, Department of Environmental Health and the Planning and Development Department are not requiring appointments, but strongly encourage them.
The Regional Office of Education is limited to fingerprinting services that will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only.
The McHenry County Treasurer’s Office is limited to drive-thru services and is open from 7:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Treasurer’s Office is not accepting passport applications for the time being, according to the release.
McHenry County Animal Control also will be taking temperatures and screening visitors prior to entry. Animals cannot be adopted at this time.
Other county buildings, such as the Division of Transportation and the Workforce Network, still are developing guidelines to ensure a safe reopening.
Valley Hi Nursing Home plans to gradually reopen the building, moving in phases to allow entrance to medical professionals and adult visitors once it is safe to do so, according to the release.