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Commissioners meetings to be in-person

Blair continues to offer access by telephone

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners will resume in-person meetings on Tuesday at the courthouse while keeping telephone access to the meeting as an option.

When local COVID-19 cases began surfacing in March 2020, commissioners declared an emergency, which restricted access to the courthouse and to county offices.

Subsequently, in-person commissioners meetings were halted and replaced by ones that were convened using telephone and video conferencing connections, with audio access provided for the public.

Audio access to commissioners meetings will remain available for those who prefer not to attend in-person meetings, Chairman Bruce Erb said Thursday. Those interested will use the current telephone meeting access number, 408-419-1715, and meeting ID number, 2468097683.

Video access to the meeting is also expected to remain available for county personnel.

All those attending the in-person meetings, which will be convened in the public meeting room in the courthouse basement, will need to wear masks and observe social distancing practices.

Erb’s announcement of the return to in-person commissioners meetings coincided with a notice the county distributed this week advising visitors that COVID-19 mitigation measures remain in force at county buildings, including the courthouse, prison and all satellite offices. According to the notice, that means masks or other face coverings must be worn inside those buildings and when doing business with county personnel.

Those seeking to visit county offices or county buildings are advised to contact the office for any visitation restrictions or to find out if an appointment is needed. In some cases, county offices have expanded online access to their services.

The county’s notice also advises potential visitors to avoid coming to the courthouse and all other county buildings if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Director of Public Safety Mark Taylor also recommended this week that county residents seek out access to COVID-19 vaccinations that are now readily available.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay

Stephens is at 814-946-7456

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