Henry County staff making staggered return to work Monday

Henry County government staffers begin a staggered return to work Monday with temperatures taken at specific checkpoints to get into buildings and offices limited to no more than one person at a time.

Most workers in the south metro community will be divided into odd-even shifts, with cohorts in a Group A section coming in on even days and those in Group B coming in on odd days. Others, such as the county’s transportation department, will report to work daily under a staggered arrival and departure schedule.

Henry becomes one of the first governments to call workers back into physical buildings after moving to teleworking near the end of March. Gwinnett County Schools has said its staff will come back to work on-site on Wednesday and Clayton County has set May 11 as a tentative date for its staff to physically return to work.

Henry employees who return to work Monday are instructed to self-monitor for symptoms of the coronavirus and will be required to have their temperatures taken at designated checkpoints before entering county facilities, the county said.

“The safety of our employees, their families and our citizens is of the utmost importance to me and our leadership team, which is why we are taking every precaution to ensure that we have the appropriate mechanisms in place for our employees,” said County Manager Cheri Hobson-Matthews. “Though we know we wish to return to our regular ways of doing business, we must take the necessary precautions during this time.”

While the county's staff is returning to work, its government buildings remain closed to the public. Parks, senior centers and recreational facilities remain closed, though walking paths and trails are reopening Monday.