The Woodlands to open town hall Oct. 19, temperature check kiosks operating around township

The Woodlands Township is using a screening process for visitors entering township buildings. (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)
The Woodlands Township is using a screening process for visitors entering township buildings. (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)

The Woodlands Township is using a screening process for visitors entering township buildings. (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)

Editor's note: This story was updated with information about the cost of the units.

On Oct. 19, The Woodlands Township’s town hall building on Technology Forest Boulevard will reopen to the public with special devices in place to allow guests and employees to be screened for fever and coronavirus risk before entering the building, the township announced Oct. 16.

The kiosks will be located at Town Hall, at the Parks, Recreation and Environmental Services campus, the Texas TreeVentures facility, Riva Row Boat House, Lakes Edge Boat House, the Recreation Center at Bear Branch Park and the Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, according to a news release.

The device allows for a no-touch temperature screening that will notify visitors over the age of 6 if an elevated temperature—above 99.9 degrees—is detected, and if it is not, a badge will be printed that the individual can wear throughout their workday or visit, according to the township.

Those who record high temperatures will be asked to leave but can retake their temperature after five minutes or return on another day, according to the release.


Board of directors Chair Gordy Bunch explained and demonstrated the system and the social distancing arrangement in the board room in a video posted to the township's YouTube channel.

According to Nick Wolda, director of community relations for the township, the eight units were purchased from Wello Inc. and funded from the township's capital contingency reserve at a cost of $84,466.64. They will be submitted for reimbursement from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, he said.

By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.


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