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Town Office returns to walk-up window service for now

By Sarah E. Reynolds | Oct 08, 2020
Courtesy of: Jennifer King A stop sign in the foyer of the Stockton Springs Town Office was meant to direct customers' attention to instructions for entering the Town Office, but did not produce the desired effect.

Stockton Springs — After announcing that the Town Office would reopen to the public Oct. 5 serving two customers at a time, with customers required to wear masks in the building, the town of Stockton Springs announced Monday on its Facebook page that it would return to offering walk-up window service only for now.

Town Manager Jennifer King told The Republican Journal via email, "There were customers who entered the town office on Monday who did not want to wear a mask but still wanted to enter the building. Customers also didn't read or acknowledge the signage that was provided. There will be a tent with walls installed in front of the walk-up windows to help keep customers out of the cold on cooler days. We anticipate trying again by opening the town office to the public at the beginning of November. Opening and then abruptly closing had nothing to do with any COVID-19 related illnesses."

A stop sign was posted in the foyer of the Town Office, along with instructions directing customers to wear a mask indoors and to wait outside if there were already two customers in the building. The instructions also said that if customers were unable to, or did not want to wear a mask inside, they should call the Town Office phone so they could be served outside.

A white board outside the Stockton Springs Town Office asks customers to read signs in the foyer about the procedure for indoor service. (Courtesy of: Jennifer King)
A sign in the foyer of the Town Office explains the procedure customers are to follow for indoor service. Some customers did not want to heed the insructions. (Courtesy of: Jennifer King)
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