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Local governmental offices being closed to public

ESCANABA — Due to new restrictions put into place because of the coronavirus pandemic a number of local government offices are being temporarily closed to the public.

The Delta County Courthouse is closed to walk-in traffic from the public and will reopen December 7. County departments are still open for business and will be staffed, servicing the public via the internet, phone, or through email. The county directory can be located at the Delta County website for all contact information. In emergency situations appointments will be made when necessary at the discretion of the department head depending on the service requested.

This closure also effects the courts. Contact the court administrator of each respective court for further details on court proceedings.

The Delta County Airport is open for business, and all flights remain as previously scheduled. The Airport Administration Office as well as the Veteran’s Service office will be servicing the public by appointment only until further notice.

“Please know that Delta County staff will work tirelessly to service the public to the best of their ability during this time. We ask that the community be patient, as phone wait times may be longer than normal,” county officials said.

To view the Delta County website and locate the county directory, visit: deltacountymi.org

In an attempt to reduce COVID-19 in the area, and per the DHHS emergency orders, all City of Escanaba offices will be closed until further notice. City residents are urged to limit in-person interactions as much as possible and to conduct business by other means.

– City hall services are by appointment only by calling 786-9402. Utility payments can be made at the drop box on the west side of the building, via mail, or online at Escanaba.org.

– The library will continue drive-up window services Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.. They can be reached at 789-7323.

– Escanaba Public Safety’s lobby will be closed to the public, but can be reached by calling 786-5911.

– The Catherine Bonifas Civic Center is closed to the public.

Escanaba Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Scott Czasak announced that “per the orders of MIOSHA and MIDHHS, effective immediately, the Escanaba DDA office is closed to the public until further notice.” Business can be conducted via phone at 906-789-8696 or via e-mail at escanabadda@gmail.com.

The Escanaba DDA is encouraging everyone to take all reasonable precautions to stay safe during this wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, while encouraging them to patronize local businesses who need the support of the Escanaba community during these difficult times.

“When I took this position, I embraced a saying: Yooper Strong. I have no doubt Escanaba will shine as an example of this mentality during this time,” said Czasak. “We will beat this and be stronger for it,” Czasak said.

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