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Commissioners extend closures through April 20

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The Porter County Commissioners have extended the closure of county offices and buildings through Monday, April 20, consistent with the governor's shelter-in-place order.

Per that executive order, local governments are considered essential services and as such the Commissioners will continue to follow their emergency plan to assure that county services will remain available.

The plan:

--  Extending the closure of county buildings to the public through at least April 20.

--  Reducing staffing levels at those buildings to a basic skeleton crew and, when possible, allowing employees to work from home so that residents can still access county government services by phone or email.

--  Requesting that residents be patient while accessing county services and use email rather than phone calls. Department contact information is available at

--  Conducting essential public meetings virtually and live-streaming those meetings on the Porter County government's Facebook page.

--  Providing accurate and comprehensive communications to residents about accessing county services on the county's Facebook page and at

“As we begin to experience a surge in positive COVID-19 test results in Porter County, it is critical that our citizens and businesses not get complacent,” the Commissioners said today. “We urge everyone to continue to adhere to the social-distancing requirements of the governor's stay-at-home executive order:

--  To the extent that persons are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must remain at least six feet away from other persons, with the exception of family or household members.

--  Businesses must designate six-foot areas with signage or tape; make hand sanitizer available for customers and employees; establish separate operating hours for more vulnerable customers; and ensure that accurate information is posted online.



Posted 4/6/2020


Posted 4/6/2020


Posted 4/6/2020


Posted 4/6/2020


Posted 4/6/2020


Posted 4/6/2020




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