Riverside County HQ to reopen to public after two-month closure due to COVID-19


RIVERSIDE (CNS) – The County Administrative Center in downtown Riverside will reopen to the public after Labor Day weekend, following what will by then have been a nine-week closure due to coronavirus concerns, it was announced Thursday, Aug. 27.
On Tuesday, Sept. 8, residents will once again be able to enter the headquarters building at 4080 Lemon St. for in-person visits to the Office of the Treasurer-Tax Collector, the Office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors and other agencies.
“Upon arriving at a county facility, community members and employees will be asked if they are feeling well or have any COVID-like symptoms,” according to an Executive Office statement. “Face coverings are required for everyone to enter. Face masks or face shields will be made available to anyone without one. When anyone reports symptoms, they will be directed to conduct their business over the phone or online. Employees reporting symptoms will be sent home until cleared to return to work.”
On June 29, the entire CAC was shut down by order of county CEO George Johnson, after the building had only been fully open to the public for about two weeks. The executive officer took the action after several employees on the upper floors tested positive for COVID-19. At the time, hospitalizations for coronavirus symptoms were surging countywide.
Emergency Management Department Director Bruce Barton said Tuesday that hospitalizations have been steadily dropping for weeks, and some medical centers are switching back to routine operations.
Johnson said the delivery of county services has been modified since the first closure took effect on March 18, when the CAC was partially closed to the public. It fully reopened on June 15 before shutting down again.
“Using both high-tech and low-tech ways, we can continue to serve our residents and keep everyone safer,” the executive officer said.