Masks will now be required in all county buildings.
The Prentiss County Board of Supervisors voted last week to require the protective face coverings for all those entering the county courthouse, justice center, annex building or chancery building.
Chancery Clerk David “Bubba” Pounds said the move is an effort to comply with a recent order by the Mississippi Supreme Court which requires masks to be worn by everyone in all courtrooms across the state. Pounds said because of the layout of the county’s buildings the board decided the only way to ensure compliance with the order was simply to require their use inside all buildings.
A bailiff will be stationed at the door of the courthouse and justice center to monitor traffic in and out and will have some masks available for those who may not have one with them.
Courthouse offices remain open to the public, though residents are encouraged to avoid congregating in the offices and to do as much business as possible by phone, email or regular mail. Pounds said the door to the chancery building will remain locked, but those who need to do business that must be done in person may knock on the door or call to be let in.
The courthouse was closed last Thursday afternoon for cleaning and sanitizing after an employee in one of the county offices tested positive for COVID-19. It reopened Friday morning.