Warrick County Commissioners declare state of emergency

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The Warrick County Commissioners held an emergency meeting on Monday to declare a state of emergency for the county.

The Warrick County Commissioners held an emergency meeting on Tuesday, March 17, amidst the coronavirus pandemic to declare a state of emergency for the county.

In the meeting the commissioners adopted a proclamation declaring that the county will exercise emergency authority for the protection of lives and property of the people of Warrick County with the goal of the restoration of local government with minimum interruption.

The proclamation put in place several measures that will be taken by the county to achieve that goal. The proclamation will remain in effect for 21 days and is set to expire at midnight on Tuesday, April 7, unless amended or extended by the Warrick County Commissioners.

The measures are:

After 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, there will be no access except by prior appointment to the Warrick County Historic Courthouse, the Warrick County Jail or any other county building or facility during the duration of the proclamation. There will also be no public access to the Warrick County Judicial Center except for the necessary parties, witnesses and counsel attending emergency court proceedings as directed by the courts.

Warrick county citizens have been asked to comply with emergency measures to cooperate with public officials and disaster service forces and execute emergency operation plans and to obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.

All public offices and employees of Warrick County have been directed to be diligent in fulfilling duties throughout the duration of the emergency.

The proclamation comes after Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed an executive order that would activate the Indiana national Guard to be on duty to assist as needed and to delay all non-essential public meetings. On Monday, Holcomb signed an order that requires all bars, nightclubs and restaurants to close to dine-in patrons. Many restaurants remain open for carry out and delivery orders.

More information can be found at Warrick County’s website at www.warrickcounty.gov or at http://in.gov/coronavirus.

Continue to follow The Standard in print and online for local coverage updates as they are available. A live stream of the meeting regarding the proclamation can be found online on The Standard’s Facebook page.

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