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Carbondale Police wants the public to think safety during eclipse activities

Viewing a solar eclipse with appropriate eyewear.
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As we anticipate the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, the Carbondale Police Department would like to remind everyone to prioritize safety during this event.

Large crowds of people are expected to gather in Carbondale and the surrounding region to witness this rare event. Officers say it's essential that everyone takes proactive measures to ensure a safe and memorable experience for everyone.

Carbondale Police Chief and Interim City Manager Stan Reno said some safety tips to keep in mind are:

Protect Your Eyes with proper glasses.

With traffic congestion likely, plan ahead and expect delays. Carpooling is encouraged to help alleviate congestion.

If you are walking or biking to eclipse viewing locations, be aware of your surroundings and use designated pedestrian walkways and crosswalks.

Stay informed about weather conditions and any updates or announcements from local authorities.

If you see something suspicious, report it to the Carbondale Police Department.

The Jackson County Courthouse will only be open for 90 minutes on Monday for First Appearance court.

The shorter hours are in recognition of the activities surrounding the total solar eclipse.

The Courthouse will be open for First Appearance court from 9:30 am to 11 am only. All other offices will be closed to allow employees to be available to assist with the influx of tourists to the area.

The Jackson County Courts will remain open. All other hearings scheduled for Monday will be conducted via Zoom in a virtual courtroom. All persons with upcoming cases should have received notices explaining how to access the virtual courtroom.

The Courthouse will be open for regular business hours on Tuesday.

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