Several state offices in Cole County to close for Eclipse Day
COLE COUNTY —
A large number of state workers in Cole County will get an extended weekend for the solar eclipse.
According to the state Office of Administration, non-essential executive department state offices in Cole County will be closed on Aug. 21 for the solar eclipse.
“According to reports from the Department of Public Safety, MoDOT and local law enforcement partners, the kind of congestion expected for this event can create safety and security risks for the public,” said Office of Administration Commissioner Sarah Steelman in a release. “We believe closing non-essential state offices for this historic event is in the best interest of our state employees and the thousands of people expected to visit Cole County the day of the eclipse.”
The release stated there is estimated to be an influx of 40,000-50,000 visitors in the Jefferson City area the day of the eclipse, and the workers being out of the office that day would free up several parking spaces.