Municipal officials said they plan on gradually reopening Chatham-Kent facilities, and will start with the Civic Centre on Friday.
Doors will reopen to the public at 8:30 a.m. to the King Street building, the same day the deferred May 1 taxes are due.
Municipal officials continue to encourage customers to place documents and payments (i.e. tax, water/hydro, permits, fines) in the secure drop-box outside or use online payment systems.
A soft opening on Friday is being launched to service only those related to tax payments. Those who do not want to leave a payment in the secure drop box or who need to make a debit payment will be permitted to enter the building following screening.
Customers should expect to be asked a few screening questions prior to entry of the building, as well as required hand sanitization. To ensure the safety of our staff and customers, counter guards as well as social distancing floor decals have been installed.
Starting on Monday, regular office hours will be reinstated from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. At that time, licensing services will also be added to the services available.
Customer access will be limited to the atrium area only, and officials encourage customers to call 519-360-1998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment for service requests with complexity ie. marriage licences, building permits etc. or enquire as to available service options such as phone/online payments.
Following a successful reopening of the Civic Centre, the Chatham ServiceOntario office on Grand Avenue is scheduled to reopen on July 20.
The Dresden Municipal Office and ServiceOntario counter are scheduled to open on Aug. 4 followed by the opening of the balance of our municipal offices by the end of August.