USDA Recommends Scheduling and Screening Visitors

Starting today, Monday, March 16, 2020, and until further notice, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends adjusting public and visitor access in their buildings to include scheduling visits and requiring visitors to be screened before building entry. Specifically, the USDA is recommending the following building entry guidelines:

Reconsider Visits – Local USDA buildings should consider limiting visitors only to conduct USDA mission critical business; and consider hosting meetings virtually, using teleconferencing, video and webinars.

Schedule and Screen – Visitors seeking entry to a USDA facility must comply with the following security screening procedures:

  1. Schedule Visits: To the extent possible, schedule any visits in advance.
  2. Ask Health & Travel Questions: Facilities should develop a process to ensure that all visitors are screened using the “Visitor Health and Travel Questionnaire” prior to being admitted to the USDA facility.

Escort Required – All visitors must be escorted by USDA personnel at all times during their visit and should not be allowed access to locations directly relating to the reason for the visit.

More Surry County Government updates are forthcoming.

Date: March 16, 2020