When the Otter Tail County Government Services Center in Fergus Falls finally reopens, employees and visitors may be required to wear anti-COVID-19 face masks.

County public health employees and county commissioners agree that it’s a strong possibility.

Otter Tail County is currently limiting access to all public buildings until further notice. Services are being provided to county residents through phone, email and by appointment.

County Public Health Director Jody Lien urged residents, during the county board online video meeting on Tuesday, May 5, to adhere to a philosophy of “My covered face protects you and your covered face protects me.”

People coming into the government services center who don’t have face masks may be given those upon entrance, but that’s still to be determined.

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If possible, people should try to wear cloth face coverings. Usage is with the following suggestions:

  • Fit snugly but comfortable against the side of the face.
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops.
  • Include multiple layers of fabric.
  • Allow for breathing without restriction.
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage to the face mask.