The Lawrence County Judicial and Administrative Center will reopen to the public on Monday, May 11, with some restrictions according to the Alabama Safer at Home order released on Tuesday by Gov. Kay Ivey.
Lawrence County Commissioners called an emergency meeting Friday morning following Ivey’s address, which allowed government offices and retailers to reopen after 5 p.m. on Thursday.
The health order came after statewide closures were set into motion on March 29 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alabama’s Safer at Home order requires retailers to limit facility occupancy by half, and the order still prohibits gatherings of people that cannot maintain 6-foot social distancing guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
After reopening, only 10 people will be allowed into the courthouse at one time, Commissioner Bobby Burch said Friday. He said Sheriff’s Office personnel would be available at the entrance to direct visitors.
Revenue Commissioner Brad Henderson and Probate Judge Greg Dutton said their offices will continue to accept fees online, over the phone or by mail.
A drop-box has also been placed outside the courthouse for contactless transactions. Customers are urged not to mail cash or leave cash in the drop-box overnight.
All tag renewal fees have been waived until May 15 by the state, according to Henderson. For questions or assistance with online payments, customers may call 256-974-2473.
Sheriff Max Sanders said his office will also reopen to the public on May 11.
He said visitors seeking to renew or obtain a pistol permit will be allowed into the office three at a time. He said applications are still available by mail, but Sanders also urges customers not to mail in cash.