TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Lee County courthouse is now open again. This came after county administrators shut it down last week because of the coronavirus. The line could be seen stretching out the front door.
The courthouse reopened to the public last Thursday. This came as a relief to many people, including Joyce Blasingame.
“I’ve come for the second time to try to buy a tag for my truck,” Blasingame said. “I’ve bought a new truck, and I’m here to get the license for it.”
Blasingame came around 1:00 Tuesday. To her surprise, she still couldn't get in.
“I find that we’re going to have to wait until 2:00 because they won’t be open again until 2, so I’m going to run and do some other errands," Blasingame said.
The courthouse closes from 12:45 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. so workers can sanitize the inside. This will help prevent transmission of the coronavirus. Everyone going in the building has to wear a mask. The courthouse's reopening was also a relief to Sascha Burden. Burden says it’s time to get his tag renewed.
“I guess you could say for having an out-of-date tag because the courthouse have being closed,” Burden said. “I haven’t had time to really go and get my tag, and I couldn’t be able to get it.”
The Lee County courthouse is open five days a week.
For now, the courthouse is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., and then from 2:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
We reached out to the tax assessor’s office and circuit clerk’s office for comment on the reopening, but did not hear back, perhaps because of the high number of customers.