Mount Olive town government continues to operate normally, but until further notice is under lockdown to the public.
Town Manager Charles Brown had said offices would be open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. That was quickly changed due to the inability to obtain protective gear to set up four checkpoints at town hall.
People entering Mount Olive Town Hall during those initial plans would have been required to go through checkpoints to the entrance at the water department, police department, town manager/mayor administrative offices and the inspections office. Brown, at that time, said temperatures would have been taken before entrance was allowed.
But officials were not able to obtain the needed protective gear to operate the four entry points.
That was last Tuesday.
Plans changed over the next 24 hours.
Brown said last Thursday that all town facilities are closed to the public until further notice.
His original press release made it clear that the top priority of officials is “the health and safety of the community.”
“We are taking the current spread of COVID-19 very seriously and are working closely with county, state and federal agencies in monitoring this situation,” Brown said. “While there have been some changes to town operations, all necessary arrangements are being made to ensure that all town services are provided during this evolving situation.”
Brown explained that some of the changes were already made to limit the spread of the virus and other diseases:
“As one who always tries to look for the bright side, I have learned that Wuhan, China, where this all began, has had their first day with no reported cases,” Brown stated in his latest press release. “Minimizing contact in order to prevent the spread of the disease is most important at this time.”