After a four month closure, Benton County reopened public access to all county facility lobbies on January 3, 2022. Benton County had one prior opening of facilities on April 26, 2021, but chose to reclose on August 30, 2021 to comply with the State’s business sector guidelines, and to protect employees and residents from the risks of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 and the Delta variant.

At that time, Benton County experienced rapidly increasing case counts and local hospitals were at or over capacity with COVID-19 cases. Since then and throughout the entire pandemic, public health officials and leadership have continued to monitor health metrics in hopes to resume business operations.

With the reopening of County facilities, health and safety of Benton County employees and residents remains the County’s highest priority. Now that lobbies have reopened, the community can continue to expect enhanced COVID-19 safety measures at County facilities.

These safety measures include:

  • Check-in stations at the entryway of each County facility which provide hand sanitizer and disposable face masks, and guide individuals that feel sick or have symptoms not to enter the facility and instead to conduct business over the phone or by email.
  • Everyone must wear a face covering or mask while in County facilities.
  • Enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces in all County facilities.