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Courthouse Closure
Mar 23, 2020 --

March 20, 2020



To All Agencies in the Webster Parish Courthouse



Re: Closing the courthouse to the general public



In response to the continuing pandemic of the COVID-19 virus and the recent positive confirmation of a resident in Webster Parish, I have notified the Webster Parish Police Jury to close the courthouse and the courthouse annex to the general public. This is in response to Governor Edwards’ Emergency Declaration Proclamation Number 25 JBE 2020 and the State of Emergency for Webster Parish File Number 582591 on March 16, 2020. Effective at close of business today the courthouse will receive the following restrictions:


1. All access to the building for employees will be reduced to the main entrance on Main Street. If your agency requires access afterhours, please send me a list of no more than three. Afterhours you will need to use the talk box at the sally port ramp to ask 911 to let you in. If you are not on the list you will not be provided access to the building. Once inside you will need your card to access the inner doors. Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office will no longer buzz anyone in the door.


2. To exit the building during normal business hours M-F 8-4:30 please use the main entrance or the stairwell exit on Broadway Street. If you go into the sally port, they will not raise the garage door to exit. In the event of an emergency in the building, both garage doors will be raised until deemed safe to secure the building again.


3. The sally port garage doors will remain closed unless getting a large delivery to the building. All packages being delivered to your agency will be left at the front door security station. We will then have our maintenance staff will contact your office to pick them up or drop them by your office. Any packages you have for pickup will need to be left at the front door security station.


4. For corrections related movements, they will need to call up to the jail at 371-4301 to have the jail open the sally port door and close it. As I have no way to know all deputies who will be coming and going for corrections, the opening of the garage door for these movements is best left to the 4th Floor Jail staff who will know these movements and they still have control to open and close the door.


5. The only agency that should allow access of a member of the public into the courthouse will be the 26th Judicial District Court for some type of emergency hearing. If this is needed, you will need to provide the names of the individuals needing into the building to the security guard at the front door to check ID. If they do not have a picture ID they will not be let into the building.



6. The last change to normal operations that will be implemented, as resources arrive, is to follow the recommendations from Baton Rouge and perform temperature checks for all individuals entering this building. I will provide each agency a thermometer to check your agency personnel. We can discuss the logistics when the equipment arrives. This is to protect all of you working in this building. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be denied access to the building so please discuss this upcoming measure with your staff.


If anyone has any questions or concerns on the information contained above, please feel free to contact me as soon as possible. Again, these measures will start at 4:30 p.m. today.



Brian R. Williams, Director

Webster Parish OHSEP



Webster Parish Police Jury   -   Webster Parish Courthouse Annex

401 Main St., West Entrance - P.O. Box 389 - Minden, LA 71058 - (318) 377-7564 Office - (318) 371-2366 Fax