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Posted on: August 17, 2021

PRESS RELEASE (8-17-21): Current Town of Benson COVID-19 Restrictions and Precautions

The Town of Benson is constantly monitoring the local situation regarding COVID-19. Based on data and guidance from county and state officials, we have updated our COVID-19 restrictions and precautions as follows:

TOWN HALL - 303 E. Church Street - (919) 894-3553

Benson Town Hall and all Town facilities remain open to the public, but with restricted access — anyone entering Town Hall is asked to wear a mask at all times. 

Residents with town-related questions can still call (919) 894-3553 as phones will be manned during normal business hours.

Utility customers are able to enter Town Hall to pay bills, however hallways, offices, bathrooms, and meeting spaces are off limits inside the building at this time. One to two customers can be helped at a time inside the Utilities office at the window.

Residents needing to pay utility bills can still use Town Hall’s night dropbox at any point in the day, pay bills online (https://ipn.paymentus.com/cp/tbup), or call and pay over the phone (previous restrictions on phone call payments have been temporarily lifted).

The Benson Police Department and the Benson Planning Department are open, but follow the same restrictions as the Utilities Office — seeing only one to two residents at a time. As always, for all life-threatening emergencies — dial 911. For non-emergencies, the BPD can be reached at (919) 894-2091.

LIBRARY - 100 W. Main Street - (919) 894-3724

The Mary Duncan Public Library will be transitioning to curbside service beginning Monday, August 30.  
The library will be temporarily closed the week of August 30 – September 3, 2021 to prepare for curbside service.
The library will reopen for curbside service on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 with the following hours:
-Monday – Thursday - 10am – 5:30pm
-Friday - 10am – 3pm
Here's how it works:
-Call the library at (919) 894-3724 with your book requests or you can place holds using our online catalog.
-Use the online catalog here: https://johnston.nccardinal.org/eg/opac/home
-We will pull your books, check them out, and have them waiting for you.
-Once you arrive at the library, call us back and we will bring the books out to you.


PARKS & RECREATION - 1204 N. Johnson Street - (919) 894-5117

The Benson Parks and Recreation building (including exercise rooms and the space for the Benson Center for Active Aging) is closed to the public at this time.

There will be no new Parks rentals until further notice (please note that current booked rentals will be fulfilled).

Youth sports registrations will need to be completed online. As of now, the fall sport season is still going on as planned. You can register here:
https://www.townofbenson.com/2264/Register-for-Parks-Rec-LeaguesEvents-her
The food bank and clothing closet hosted at the Parks building will continue with masks required and a limited amount of volunteers. Parks and Rec as a COVID testing and vaccination site will also continue with masks and appropriate precautions. 

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