Douglas County government's offices closed to public, along with local libraries

Some Sheriff's Office services have been suspended

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Douglas County has joined the growing list of government offices in the metro area that have been shut down in hopes of limiting the spread of COVID-19.

While the buildings will remain staffed and many services will still be available online at DoItOnlineDouglas.com, residents will not be allowed inside the offices.

Through the website, residents are able to renew their driver's licenses, schedule a building inspection and view property tax details, along with other services.

On March 13, the county made an emergency disaster declaration, something many counties and cities have done in the metro area. The move is typically done to pave the way for additional resources and assistance.

The county's libraries are also closed to the public as of March 16. They have also canceled or postponed all public events and space reservations, according to a news release from the library system.

Because all book drops will also be closed, library patrons are asked to hold onto their library materials for the time being. There will be no fines during the closure. 

The library's digital collection, however, will remain open. That means patrons can check out items like ebooks, audiobooks, audio-guided workouts, crafting classes and other online learning tools.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has also suspended some services, including processing new concealed weapons permit applications, fingerprinting services and VIN verifications, according to a news release from the office.

While the lobbies at the justice center in Castle Rock and the Highlands Ranch Substation will remain open, DCSO is asking residents to use the website dcsheriff.net whenever possible.

As long as the court system remains open, the sheriff's office will continue its civil division operations, including emergency protection orders, according to the release. 

The jail is encouraging visitors to set up remote video visitations.

“Please know that while we have implemented a few other operational changes to protect our employees and create more social distancing, all other public safety services are available,” according to the sheriff's office release.

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