Nebraska county reverses vote to give time off for eclipse
Aug. 18, 2017
DAKOTA CITY, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska county has reversed its decision to give time off to employees to watch Monday's solar eclipse.
The Sioux City Journal reports that the Dakota County Board of Commissioners on Thursday rescinded its previous plan to close its courthouse for two hours on Monday. Instead, county employees can individually seek time off if they still want to see the eclipse.
Officials say rescinding the earlier decision allows county department heads to decide how their workers can view the eclipse, whether to close their department and how to pay employees if the office closes.
The total solar eclipse will skirt south of the county, running in a diagonal path across Nebraska from west to southeast. The eclipse will cross Nebraska in roughly 10 minutes, from 12:54 to 1:04 p.m.