BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Botetourt County officials plan to physically reopen its libraries and administrative offices beginning on June 1, as long as pandemic conditions do not significantly worsen.
Libraries and offices have provided public services online, by phone, or curbside since physically closing on March 16, 2020.
Reopening plans are being finalized and services will remain available online and by phone.
At libraries, curbside services will continue beyond June 1.
“The pandemic has taught us all how to do things in new and better ways. We are going to continue the new services that have been developed and that have really become a convenience for many people.”Gary Larrowe, Botetourt County Administrator
Facilities and offices that provide direct services to the public including libraries, development services (building and permitting), and planning and zoning will follow state COVID-19 orders and will continue to encourage people to follow public health recommendations including the wearing of face coverings and maintaining social distancing.
The County’s plans will be reviewed and approved by the County’s insurance carriers, the County Attorney, and health officials before June 1, according to Larrowe.
Besides libraries, the County’s Development Services and Planning and Zoning offices, which also provide direct service to the public, have been closed to walk-in traffic since the start of the pandemic.
The County’s Development Services and Planning and Zoning offices relocated from Fincastle to the County’s new Administration Center located in Botetourt Center at Greenfield at 57 South Center Drive in Daleville during the pandemic.