COVINGTON — As of Friday at 8 a.m., all non-essential Newton County government offices are closed to the public in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Although offices are closed, the government is continuing limited services. The closures are effective at least until April 13.

The Newton County Administration Building, Historic Courthouse, Animal Services and Turner Lake Complex will all be closed. Fire Services and the Newton County Landfill and Convenience Centers will be open. The Judicial Center will be open to handle essential matters.

During the closures, Newton County departments will remain staffed in limited capacity in order to serve the public remotely and continue to deliver essential services. County Manager Lloyd Kerr told the Board of Commissioners Tuesday night that each department director and one other person will staff the offices that are closed to the public. Other employees will work remotely.

“Limiting risk of exposure and following the recommendations of the president, CDC and governor is the best course of action at this time,” said Kerr in a released statement. “We take our service to the public very seriously and have implemented these changes after

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I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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