Jefferson County Judge Gerald Robinson has ordered all county employees and visitors to county buildings to wear a mask if social distancing is not possible.

In a memo dated July 14, Robinson said, “Given the widespread community transmission of COVID-19, Jefferson County remains committed to ensuring the safety of our workforce and the public. To this end, all employees and visitors within Jefferson County buildings are required to wear a mask. An exception will be made if a distance of 6 feet can be consistently maintained. The CDC has published guidelines recommending all persons wear face coverings in public settings where social distancing cannot be achieved. These practices will be continually monitored and re-evaluated.

With the increasing prevalence of COVID-19 in the community, the risk of exposure to an infected person continues to increase, even in persons without typical symptoms. Universal masking of our staff (and visitors) will greatly decrease the risk of infection and transmission. It will also increase the likelihood of keeping Jefferson County offices open to the public so that citizens can receive the services they need.”