Local Government Offices Close Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Jamestown City Court and City Chambers. 01/28/19

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY – The governor of New York announced stricter guidelines this week which has forced the shutdown of local government offices and buildings.

The new guidelines ordered all non-essential businesses to send 100 percent of their workforce home as well as cancelling all non-essential gatherings, effective Sunday, March 22.

In a statement by Jamestown’s Mayor’s office, all city offices will close, effective on Monday. The statement states, “almost all employees will be sent home, apart from police and fire, who will be fully staffed and responding to emergency needs.”

The Jamestown Police Department will be implementing new protocol. According to the statement, “non-emergency calls by residents will go to dispatch, where they will be asked a series of health-related questions. Officers will be observing social distance rules when they are out in the City.”

Chautauqua County has also made changes to keep up with the rules. The county clerks office will be closed to the public starting on Monday. Any services can be done by mail.

All county DMV offices will also be close to the public until further notice. There will be drop off boxes at all locations.

The shutdowns will be in place until further notice.


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