COVID-19 News

Below are recent news articles from the cities of Georgia about COVID-19.

Roswell accepts $34K coronavirus grant

August 5, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Roswell City Council has voted to accept a $34,459 Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Grant to fund the Police Department’s purchase of supplies to prevent, prepare for and respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Census ending data collection for 2020 count a month early

August 4, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The U.S. Census Bureau is cutting its schedule for data collection for the 2020 census a month short as legislation that would have extended the national head count’s deadlines stalls in the U.S. Senate. The move is worrying researchers, politicians and others who say the change will miss hard-to-count communities, including minorities and immigrants, and produce less trustworthy data.

Roswell to award nonprofits COVID-19 relief funds

August 4, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Roswell plans to award more than $296,000 in COVID-19 relief funds to nonprofits that benefit low to moderate income residents affected by the pandemic. The funds are from a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant made possible through the CARES Act.

Kemp faces new challenge over coronavirus restrictions

July 31, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Now with talk of a settlement swirling, Kemp could send a message by tinkering with the language that seeks to ban cities from requiring masks – or removing it altogether. Kemp, who has encouraged the use of masks but not required them, has said the mandates are unenforceable.

‘Summer Sippin’ Roswell’ launches Saturday with precautions

July 30, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“With new safety standards and carryout options, Summer Sippin’ is a great way for our community to safely celebrate the end of summer and support our local food and beverage industry, which has felt the tremendous impact of COVID-19,” said Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc, the city’s economic development organization.

Cairo mayor pleads for stronger safety steps against virus

July 29, 2020

Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Mayor Howard Thrower urged local business leaders Monday night to implement more stringent safety guidelines to protect employees and members of the public from the novel coronavirus amid an apparent surge of cases in the area.

Savannah Mayor: Mask ticket writers are on the street

July 29, 2020

Savannah Morning News

The city of Savannah’s warnings about issuing citations for not wearing masks so far have been just that -- ominous threats that were either embraced or ignored, depending on the individual.

Kemp cancels Tuesday hearing in legal feud with Bottoms

July 28, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Gov. Brian Kemp’s attorneys canceled a request for an emergency court hearing scheduled Tuesday for his lawsuit against Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a sign that efforts to hash out an out-of-court settlement might be gaining traction.

Cedar Walk Town Homes has grand opening

July 28, 2020

Carrollton Times-Georgian

A ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony was held recently for Cedar Walk Town Homes, which bills itself as Carrollton's first active adult community. On hand for the ceremony were...Mayor Betty Cason and Council member Bob Uglum.

Local governments gather to discuss challenges of funding amid COVID-19

July 28, 2020

WGXA

"What I'm very concerned about is the intentional attempt to leave cities out...There [were] 36 cities that received direct funding...but when we leave small town america out of the equation that does not give us a fair opportunity to participate in the recovery of this economy." - Union City Mayor Vince Williams, GMA President

Georgia police departments report zero citations for face mask violations

July 27, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

When Savannah became the first city in Georgia in June to enact a mask mandate — and threaten a $500 fine to violators — Mayor Van Johnson framed it as a way to urge residents and visitors to trust public health experts. Savannah police were required to offer violators face coverings and deliver warnings before they could write a ticket.

Judge orders mediation in Georgia’s mask mandate lawsuit

July 24, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A Fulton County Superior Court judge on Thursday ordered Gov. Brian Kemp and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms into mediation over their legal dispute about how to best respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cumming Municipal Court requires masks, temperature checks

July 24, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Anyone entering the Cumming Municipal Court will have to wear a face mask, have their temperature checked and maintain six feet of distancing from others, according to COVID-19 inspired operating guidelines that took effect this week.

City alters back-to-school bash

July 23, 2020

Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta's annual city back-to-school bash is switching gears in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

GMA enters mask feud between Kemp, cities

July 23, 2020

Carrollton Times-Georgian

The Georgia Municipal Association filed a legal brief Tuesday in Gov. Brian Kemp’s lawsuit against Atlanta’s mayor, defending the right of Georgia cities to require masks.

Covington works to better enforce COVID-19 guidelines

July 22, 2020

Covington News

When local resident Monica Darrah voiced concerns about the lack of social distancing and number of people without face coverings within the city, Covington Mayor Steve Horton swiftly responded with a course of action.

Oxford council votes to require masks in city buildings

July 22, 2020

Covington News

A Newton County city is joining others in Georgia in going against the governor’s recent executive order by requiring masks be worn within their borders to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

BREAKING: Fulton judge recuses herself from Kemp-Bottoms case

July 21, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kelly Ellerbe is recusing herself from a legal battle between Gov. Brian Kemp and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms over how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pembroke city employees exposed to COVID-19

July 21, 2020

Savannah Morning News

The city of Pembroke continues to grapple with the affects of COVID-19 as 17% of its workforce, and one city council member, remain quarantined after being exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

New York governor pledges aid to Georgia city during visit

July 21, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Today’s discussion was about testing. Today’s discussion was about tracing, and it was about training,” Savannah Mayor Van Johnson said. “And, more importantly, it’s about encouragement to a weary city that has been going through this since the beginning of March.”

Georgia Sets Another Coronavirus Record While Mayor And Governor Battle Over Mask Mandate

July 20, 2020

CBS Atlanta

Last week, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner also discussed his proposal to the state’s governor for a two-week shutdown due to the rise in cases. He said the city needed to “reset,” especially as leaders begin conversations about reopening schools. Turner’s proposal parallels what Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced last week.

City adopts mask policy for all employees

July 20, 2020

Morgan County Citizen

Nationally, masks have become the latest symbol in the ongoing culture wars, but in Madison, the Mayor and City Council are determined to lead the public by example in wearing masks as a public safety measure in the age of the coronavirus pandemic.

Covington council approves various permit extensions

July 20, 2020

Covington News

Since many local projects have been slowed down or halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Covington City Council elected to extend current land disturbance permits, building permits and right of way encroachment permits.

City public building mask rule 'in conflict' with order

July 20, 2020

Thomasville Times-Enterprise

A local requirement for individuals to wear masks while inside public buildings is “obviously in conflict” with an executive order issued this week by Governor Brian Kemp, said Cairo city attorney Thomas Lehman.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo to visit Savannah on Monday

July 20, 2020

Savannah Morning News

Cuomo is bringing 1,000 pieces of PPE equipment and his knowledge on dealing with the virus. The governor will meet with Savannah Mayor Van Johnson and other local leaders, confirmed a city official.

Stockbridge kicks off Wear Your Mask Campaign

July 20, 2020

Henry Daily Herald

The city of Stockbridge has kicked off its Wear Your Mask Campaign as a response to the increasing regional cases of COVID-19. Community members are highly encouraged to wear a mask while in public to prevent the spread of the virus.

Kemp’s office seeks to block Atlanta mask mandate in court

July 17, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Gov. Brian Kemp’s administration went to court Thursday seeking to block Atlanta from enacting coronavirus restrictions and requiring residents to wear masks, setting up a legal showdown between the state and local governments over efforts to contain the disease.

Guyton approves mandatory face masks

July 17, 2020

Savannah Morning News

The Guyton city council on Thursday night agreed to require people to wear face masks in buildings open to the public.

Mayor launches 'Mask Up Valdosta' campaign

July 17, 2020

Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta Mayor Scott James Matheson launched a ‘Mask Up Valdosta’ campaign Thursday encouraging Valdosta residents to wear a face covering in public as a safeguard to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Sandy Springs changes course on reopening due to COVID surge

July 16, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“We are all feeling the strain from COVID, economically, physically, and mentally,” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said in a statement. “I understand the powerful desire to insert elements that bring back a sense of normalcy, but we are not there yet in terms of getting control over the outbreak.”

DeKalb, local cities with mask mandates react to Kemp’s latest order

July 16, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DeKalb County and at least six local cities recently mandated the wearing of masks in public places. The ordinances defied what was, at the time, a general prohibition on municipalities adopting coronavirus-related restrictions more stringent than those outlined by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.

Bremen Council appoints associate judge

July 16, 2020

Carrollton Times-Georgian

At a special meeting on Monday, the Bremen City Council appointed Eddie Hulsey as associate judge after learning that the city’s municipal judge was infected with COVID-19.

Mask order goes into effect in Villa Rica

July 16, 2020

Carrollton Times-Georgian

On Monday, a citywide order went into effect requiring face masks for all Villa Rica employees and visitors to city-owned buildings as a measure to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Mayor warns Savannah businesses to mask up or shut down

July 15, 2020

Savannah Morning News

With Chatham County facing a continuing surge of COVID-19 cases, Savannah Mayor Van Johnson is upping the ante on face masks. After two weeks of urging and cajoling residents and visitors to wear masks, the city is ready to start punishing businesses that are lax about adhering to Johnson’s mask mandate.

Cases of coronavirus disease surging along Georgia’s coast

July 15, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City officials distributed masks and hand sanitizer to the protesters, said Brunswick Mayor Cornell Harvey. The mayor confirmed he is considering joining Atlanta, Savannah and other municipalities in instituting a mask requirement for his city of 16,000 people.

Woodruff Park tours suspended due to COVID-19 precautions

July 15, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In compliance with the City of Atlanta’s announcement to revert to Phase 1 public health precautions for COVID-19, the Woodruff Park’s Atlanta from the Ashes: Downtown History Tours are suspended until further notice.

DeKalb County, three more cities adopt mask mandates

July 15, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DeKalb County and three more local cities — Avondale Estates, Doraville and Dunwoody — have now adopted ordinances mandating the use of face coverings in public.

Ga. cities issue mask orders

July 14, 2020

Valdosta Daily Times

Macon Mayor Robert Reichert saw the rising number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 and went as far as he thought he could go with his mayoral pen: He issued an executive order “urging and pleading” residents to wear a face mask.

Alpharetta Farmers Market moves downtown

July 13, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“The Alpharetta Business Association has done a good job of implementing health and safety guidelines associated with reducing the spread of COVID-19,” said Morgan Rodgers, director of Alpharetta Recreation, Parks and Culture.

Decatur approves face mask ordinance despite some contention

July 13, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Decatur’s city commission unanimously (5-0) approved an ordinance Friday morning requiring the use of face masks within the city’s 4.2 square miles, particularly regarding indoor public spaces.

Lawrenceville adding city jobs, giving raises amid pandemic

July 2, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Despite declining revenues that have caused other governments to furlough and lay off workers, the city of Lawrenceville was able to include seven new jobs and an average 7% raise for its employees in its latest budget, which took effect July 1.

Pandemic helps Duluth police report significant drop in crime this May

July 1, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Duluth Police Department observed an 83 percent reduction in overall crime this May compared to May 2019. According to their statement, “We understand the recent pandemic was a contributing factor to the drop in crime, however, lower crime is always good to broadcast.”

Atlanta mayor extends COVID-19 administrative orders

July 1, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms re-issued administrative orders on Tuesday prohibiting the city from terminating water services due to non-payment, enforcing parking regulations for restaurant patrons to allow them to pick up take out orders and imposing penalties on businesses for unpaid taxes.

No permits for downtown events will be issued until after July 31

June 30, 2020

Dalton Daily Citizen

Due to continued concerns with COVID-19, and in order to keep the community safe, the Downtown Dalton Development Authority (DDDA) board and the city of Dalton will not accept or approve event permits in the downtown Dalton district until after July 31.

Georgia beach towns scrub down for July 4th weekend as COVID-19 spikes

June 30, 2020

Savannah Morning News

Savannah Mayor Van Johnson said he is concerned about viral spread in Chatham County as younger people hit the restaurant and bar tourist district in Savannah and add to what’s already been heavy beach traffic carrying crowds to Tybee Island. He said one of his worries is that young people who are asymptomatic could become “super spreaders.”

Richmond Hill food collection a win for pantries

June 30, 2020

Savannah Morning News

“It’s a wonderful thing how people come together when they’re needed,” said Georgene Brazer, chairman of the Richmond Hill Downtown Development Agency, which organized the event.

West Point Hands Out Milk, Meals, Masks

June 30, 2020

LaGrange Daily News

Giving to those in need was Friday's message at West Point Elementary School, as members of the West Point Fired Department, Police Department and mayor were there handing out meals, masks and milk to members of the community.

In lieu of community gatherings, Roswell unveils flag initiative

June 30, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In lieu of Fourth of July fireworks and a community barbecue and bluegrass concert – group events that had to be canceled this year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – Roswell announced what it called an “inspirational alternative.”

Canton OKs package sales of beer, wine by restaurants

June 29, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Making permanent a privilege extended to local restaurants to help them weather the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canton City Council has approved an ordinance allowing them to continue package sales of beer and wine.

City reviews budget for Visit LaGrange

June 26, 2020

LaGrange Daily News

Despite COVID-19 and the pandemic, Visit LaGrange is optimistic but being realistic for the coming year when it comes to tourism.

Peachtree Corners to reopen to events beginning July 10

June 22, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

For lawn events, such as those that feature watching movies and concerts, large white circles will be painted on the Town Green’s grass for use by families and groups so all may enjoy their time together while maintaining social distancing. The circles will accommodate family and groups and will be spaced six feet apart.

Sandy Springs wins $36K grant for COVID-19 supplies

June 18, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Sandy Springs has been awarded a $36,695 federal grant to purchase personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies to safeguard public safety personnel from the COVID-19 virus.

Dacula received donation of protective face masks

June 12, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The donation presented by Donald P. Burke, CFO of Beaver Paper, provides the city with washable and reusable masks that will help protect city employees from the spread of the novel coronavirus as they return to work. The masks will also be available for city hall visitors

Smyrna waives sign permit fees through August

June 12, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

To help businesses move forward through the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Smyrna has waived all temporary sign permit fees through Aug. 31.

Woodstock plans relief for businesses hurt by pandemic

June 12, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Woodstock city officials announced a plan to give financial relief to small businesses by waiving 2021 business license fees and a $30 administrative fee for firms with gross revenues of $1 million or less.

Snellville reschedules July 4 fireworks celebration

June 12, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Due to concerns about COVID-19, Snellville has postponed the city’s Star Spangled Snellville celebration normally held on July 4. The event, complete with fireworks, food, entertainment and live music, will take place 3 to 9 p.m. Sept. 5 on the Towne Green.

Downtown relocates Maker's Market

June 9, 2020

Valdosta Daily Times

Maker's Market has been relocated Saturday to accommodate social distancing downtown, Main Street organizers announced this week.

Ball Ground reopens City Hall, requires face masks

June 7, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ball Ground announced it has reopened its City Hall for in-person service – though with reduced manpower, as the city continues to use a combination of on-site and telecommuting staff for daily operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

City council voices concern about farmers market

June 5, 2020

Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Thomasville City Council members will pen a letter in support of the Thomasville farmers market, which is on a list of Georgia farmers markets that might close as a result of the coronavirus' impact on state revenue.

Community coming together

June 5, 2020

Morgan County Citizen

“We need the community to rally around this critical need in our community. ” said Madison Mayor Fred Perriman.

Burr Park summer concerts on hold; organizers hope to have them later this year

June 5, 2020

Dalton Daily Citizen

The series usually kicks off it late spring, but organizers — which include the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia, the Creative Arts Guild, the Dalton Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Downtown Dalton Development Authority (DDDA) — say it will likely begin later this summer due to concerns about the new coronavirus (COVID-19).

Marietta hosts patriotic decorating contest in lieu of 4th of July parade

June 5, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The COVID-19 pandemic won’t stop the city of Marietta from celebrating Independence Day in style. The city, which decided to cancel its Fourth of July festivities due to the pandemic, will instead hold a patriotic decorating contest in its place.

Tucker Giving Away More Masks

June 4, 2020

CBS Atlanta

The City of Tucker has expanded its mask giveaway program and is ready to distribute an additional 3,000 masks to residents of the City. Last month, the City gave out 6,400 masks to senior and long-term care facilities, small businesses and, individuals in need.

Stockbridge high school graduates honored with 'honk and wave' parade

June 3, 2020

Henry Daily Herald

“Every year we honor our students, and we had to come up with a safe and innovative way to show the seniors of the Stockbridge Youth Council just how proud we are of them,” said Stockbridge Youth Council Advisory Board Chairperson Erika Harvey.

Sweet Land of Liberty Parade is Going Virtual

June 3, 2020

LaGrange Daily News

All entries will be assembled into a "virtual parade" for broadcast on the City of LaGrange's website on July 4th at 10 a.m., which is the traditional parade time.

Acworth’s new budget freezes hiring

June 3, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Acworth - like all cities, counties and the state - expect that some revenues will be lower due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Ball Ground officially reopens city hall

June 3, 2020

Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

As the Georgia public facilities and businesses continue to gradually reopen from coronavirus-related closures, the city of Ball Ground has reopened city hall for in-person service for residents.

Masks required as Brookhaven City Hall reopens to the public

June 2, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Brookhaven City Hall reopened to the public Monday for the first time in over two months. Visitors and staff members are required to wear face masks when at City Hall, according to a new ordinance passed by the City Council.

Springfield’s Mars Theatre reopens June 5

June 1, 2020

Savannah Morning News

The theater owned by the City of Springfield is one of the government buildings that have been closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Atlanta mayor to U.S. Congress: city needs more federal aid

June 1, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Friday that Atlanta needed more federal financial aid beyond the $88 million the city is receiving under the CARES act to soften the economic blow from COVID-19.

“Would you attend?” Norcross seeks public input on fall events

June 1, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Norcross is planning ahead for the fall in hopes this unprecedented health crisis will have disappeared or calmed to a safe level. As the city looks toward planning for the remaining 2020 events calendar, Norcross leaders want input from residents, visitors and business owners on their interest in fall events.

Canton offers to waive taxes for small businesses

June 1, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Seeking to assist small businesses threatened by fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Canton has announced a “License to Recovery” program that will zero out a firm’s occupational tax.

Duluth adds dining tents to help maintain social distancing

May 29, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Duluth has temporarily installed three dine-in tents in the downtown area to allow the public to visit local restaurants while maintaining social distancing. Two of the tents are in the Town Green and one in Parsons Alley.

Peachtree Corners survey looking at small business challenges

May 29, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Peachtree Corners Business Association is working with city leaders to survey local businesses to determine how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting their operation. The 10-question survey should only take about 2 minutes or less to complete.

City of Norcross celebrates local high school grads with digital billboard

May 29, 2020

Gwinnett Daily Post

“The Class of 2020 has had to face obstacles like no other graduating class before them,” Norcross Mayor Craig Newton said. "(The class) has faced much, but their achievement is all the greater because of it. We are so proud of these students’ resilience, and just wanted to do a little something for them to help make this time special.”

Leaders Discuss COVID-19 Climate

May 29, 2020

LaGrange Daily News

West Point Mayor Steve Tramell said things are getting back to business in his city. He said all the restaurants are open for dine-in again, and West Point City Hall the police department will be open on June 15.

Plans on reopening facilities being discussed

May 28, 2020

Hinesville Coastal Courier

Walthourville Mayor Larry Baker said city employees will begin “trickling back to city hall,” June 15. Right now the city has limited employees onsite but is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

2020 Brooklet Peanut Festival canceled

May 28, 2020

Statesboro Herald

Placing safety above tradition, members of the Brooklet Downtown Development Association have canceled the 31st annual Brooklet Peanut Festival.

Pandemic affects Woodstock's 2021 budget

May 28, 2020

Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

The Woodstock City Council held a presentation on the proposed fiscal year 2021 city budget at its most recent meeting.

DDA Emergency Grants given to 15 businesses

May 27, 2020

Milledgeville Union Recorder

The Milledgeville Downtown Development Authority has awarded 15 emergency grants to local businesses to support them during the COVID-19 crisis.

Acworth announces May 31, June 30 extensions

May 27, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

On May 22, another update was given by Acworth city officials about the current suspension of all city-sponsored activities, classes, programs and events through May 31.

Savannah area pools reopen, cautiously

May 26, 2020

Savannah Morning News

Public pools operated by the city of Savannah are not opening yet. City services are being reopened in phases with pools being “considered in the later phases potentially, based on local conditions,” said Kelly Ledbetter, director of Recreation and Leisure Services.

DeKalb cities want a cut of county’s federal coronavirus aid

May 26, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“The slower we react the fewer businesses are gonna be left for us to support,” Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch said. “Because once they close their doors it’s gonna be really hard for them to come back.”

Georgia governments can’t hold online hearings in COVID-19 era

May 26, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The meeting was awkward, City Manager Chuck Warbington said, as people got used to wearing masks and sitting eight feet apart. But he said Lawrenceville’s meeting was a success and local leaders will continue to get used to the new normal.

Cumming Aquatic Center reopens with restrictions

May 26, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

All staff and guests will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and have their temperatures taken upon arrival. There will be six-foot social distancing, face masks for staff, and only one swimmer or a family of four, all from the same residence, per Competition Pool lane.

No decision on when public pools will open

May 26, 2020

Brunswick News

There was a lot of pressure to reopen the beaches in time for Memorial Day weekend, but the heat isn’t on to reopen public swimming pools in the Golden Isles.

CENTERVILLE TABLES VOTE ON NEW FIRE STATION

May 26, 2020

Houston Home Journal

"We think we will probably do this same thing on June 2,” Harley announced, referring to the date of next month’s regular council meeting, "but we hope by June 16 [the date of the next council work session] we can open back up again enough to at least let some people in here.

This year, Memorial Day events will be held online

May 22, 2020

Marietta Daily Journal

The city of Acworth will share a pre-recorded video of its Memorial Day service from Cauble Park. The program features Mayor Tommy Allegood as the master of ceremonies.

Here’s how Dunwoody plans to still celebrate Memorial Day this year

May 22, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The city of Dunwoody is asking residents to take part in a virtual ceremony from their homes on Monday, May 25. The city’s parks department put together a pre-recorded video that honors members of the military who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Woodstock plans virtual Memorial Day ceremony

May 22, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

With the COVID-19 pandemic imposing social distancing and discouraging crowds, Woodstock is planning a virtual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday.

Pickin’ on the Greene is canceled for 2020

May 22, 2020

Oconee Enterprise

The City of Greensboro and the Greensboro Main Street Program announce that the annual Pickin’ on the Greene summer concert originally scheduled for June 19, 2020, will not take place due to the ongoing bans on large gatherings.

Alpharetta cancels Thursday evening food truck event

May 21, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Seeking to encourage people to patronize its brick-and-mortar restaurants and shops, the city of Alpharetta announced it has canceled the 2020 edition of Food Truck Alley.

Looking ahead, Marietta plans 4th of July parade

May 21, 2020

Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta is considering whether to hold a scaled-back 4th of July parade to boost residents’ morale, thank first responders and medical workers, celebrate graduating seniors and help bring some life back to the city.

Woodstock holding virtual Memorial Day ceremony

May 21, 2020

Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

As a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic and with social distancing measures still in place, the city of Woodstock has modified its plans for the city’s annual Memorial Day ceremony.

Pandemic affects city budget

May 21, 2020

Tribune & Georgian

Kingsland is looking to a hiring freeze and lower training costs to help balance the budget as the city goes into the final months of its fiscal year amidst COVID-19.

Perry City Manager Presents FY2021 Budget

May 20, 2020

Houston Home Journal

In the first work session of Perry Mayor and Council since March 2, City Manager Lee Gilmour presented the recommended budget for the 2021 fiscal year. One of the factors impacting the budget, according to Gilmour, is the uncertain impact the COVID-19 pandemic will have on revenue streams.

Atlanta Mayor reissues orders to limit impact of COVID-19 pandemic

May 20, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has reissued administrative orders to prevent the city’s termination of water services, enforcing parking regulations and taking any actions against restaurants selling unopened alcoholic beverages, according to a Tuesday press release.

Statesboro launches 'Love UR City' campaign

May 20, 2020

Statesboro Herald

Mayor Jonathan McCollar announced Monday the start of Statesboro’s “Love Ur City” capital campaign that he hopes will help small businesses and families that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Augusta Commission OKs mask ordinance, penalties

May 20, 2020

Augusta Chronicle

Anyone who refuses to wear a mask or face covering in city government facilities faces jail time or an up to $1,000 fine, according to an ordinance the Augusta commission approved Tuesday.

Woodstock Council okays hookah lounge, car wash permits

May 15, 2020

Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

The Woodstock City Council approved a pair of conditional use permits at Monday night’s council meeting, allowing plans for a hookah lounge and a new car wash to move forward another step.

Villa Rica to open offices

May 15, 2020

Carrollton Times-Georgian

Villa Rica will open more of its facilities to the public on Monday as part of a general easing of restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus outbreak

Adairsville Farmer’s Market takes root June 6

May 15, 2020

Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Sharing the seasonal staple is a “great place to get fresh produce and other homemade goods,” Bethany Brady is encouraging area residents to attend this year’s Adairsville Farmer’s Market.

Four Athens-Clarke parks to open next week

May 15, 2020

Athens Banner-Herald

Four Athens-Clarke parks will open next week, with social distancing guidelines in place, to give cooped-up Athenians a respite from sheltering in place.

Conyers reopening city offices to public on May 18

May 14, 2020

Rockdale Citizen

City of Conyers officials and staff have determined that city offices will reopen to the public on Monday, May 18, after reviewing information provided by the Georgia Department of Health and seeing a positive trend in the decline of cases of COVID-19 locally.

LaGrange awarded $2M CBDG grant

May 13, 2020

LaGrange Daily News

LaGrange has been named the recipient of a $2 million grant aimed to improve the Whitesville Road corridor.

Canton OKs penalty waivers, payment plans for overdue fees

May 13, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Seeking to give a break to businesses and residents hammered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canton City Council has authorized staff to waive certain penalties and late fees for licenses, excise taxes and utility payments.

In-person meetings becoming more common as COVID-19 spread slows

May 13, 2020

Rome News-Tribune

Tuesday evening’s Cave Spring City Council meeting was just the latest example. Mayor Rob Ware said the move was made to allow them to focus more on the board’s business instead of dealing with conference calls and web-based video conferencing issues.

City accepting citizen comments by email

May 12, 2020

Griffin Daily News

The Griffin Board of Commissioners will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Elmer George Municipal Hall in One Griffin Center.

Conyers makes budget adjustments due to COVID-19

May 11, 2020

Rockdale Citizen

City Council members were presented the harsh reality of COVID-19’s impact on city finances at Wednesday’s regular council meeting and were cautioned to expect worse news in the coming fiscal year.

City of Tucker to Give Away Surgical Grade Masks

May 11, 2020

CBS Atlanta

Mayor Frank Auman announced Friday just before his State of the City Address plans to give away more than 6,000 surgical grade masks to those who need them most in the City of Tucker.

City council divided on lifting emergency status

May 8, 2020

Thomasville Times-Enterprise

While it has not been decided if the City of Thomasville state of emergency will be extended, city council members will meet in person Monday night for the first time since emergency status was declared by council members in March.

Lidl opening new Gwinnett location with coronavirus precautions

May 8, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“The city appreciates the enhanced measures Lidl has in place to ensure its customers and its employees will be able to shop and work in a safe and healthy environment during this time while we all must alter the way we live and interact with others,” Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason said in a press release.

Metro governments facing safety challenges as employees return to work

May 8, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Dublin City Manager Lance Jones knows he was right to cancel the city’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration. It’s a move, he said, that may have kept hundreds of people from contracting COVID-19. But now, Jones said, it’s time to get back to business.

Masks, social distancing become the new normal

May 7, 2020

Oconee Enterprise

Watkinsville Mayor Bob Smith has encouraged citizens to patronize local businesses. “We have to have our economy moving again,” he said at a recent City Council meeting, “because this is a very, very serious situation.”

Carrollton Water Park to stay closed for the summer

May 6, 2020

Carrollton Times-Georgian

The Carrollton Parks and Recreation Department announced on Facebook on Monday that the Midtown Water Park at 125 Leroy Childs Drive will remain closed this summer.

Hahira market open to public

May 6, 2020

Valdosta Daily Times

Jennifer Price, interim Hahira Main Street director, ensures proper precautions will be taken during the gathering as social distancing continues to be encouraged.

County offices reopen with restrictions, city plans reopening

May 6, 2020

Thomasville Times-Enterprise

“Staff is discussing now and planning for when we can begin phasing in a reopening plan,” said Thomasville City Manager Alan Carson. “Our priority is the health and safety of our citizens, customers and staff, so our focus now is on putting the measures in place that would allow us to safely reopen in the future.”

Gainesville to reopen some offices May 18

May 6, 2020

Gainesville Times

Gainesville plans to reopen some of its offices on May 18. Hours will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at its administration building, the historic City Hall building and the Community and Economic Development building off the downtown square.

Baxley reopens, but cautiously and slowly

May 6, 2020

Baxley News Banner

When Gov. Kemp gave his approval to reopen barber shops, hair salons, gyms, tattoo parlors and bowling alleys as early as Friday, April 24, people all across Georgia, not just Baxley, had misgivings.

Cartersville parks to reopen Monday

May 6, 2020

Cartersville Daily Tribune News

After Gov. Brian Kemp’s shelter-in-place order expired for most Georgians, area park officials are fine-tuning their systems’ reopening timelines. While Cartersville’s recreational facilities will open Monday, others will be later this month or early June.

Milledgeville Council discusses COVID-19

May 5, 2020

Milledgeville Union Recorder

City officials addressed their concerns regarding COVID-19 during a teleconference city council meeting last Tuesday night.

Most city offices reopen

May 5, 2020

Brunswick News

Brunswick municipal offices opened to the public Monday for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak forced the closure of public buildings.

Euharlee History Museum to reopen June 13; other city operations resuming

May 5, 2020

Cartersville Daily Tribune News

“We’re following guidelines that are currently set up for museums and other venues of that type,” said Katie Gobbi, director of the Euharlee Welcome Center & History Museum. “I’m a paid staff of one, so our volunteer pool is primarily those that are either elderly or considered medically fragile. Almost our entire volunteer base can’t come in right now, so that could eventually impede operations.”

Mayfest canceled by Carrollton officials amid coronavirus shutdown

May 4, 2020

Carrollton Times-Georgian

Mayfest, a celebration of local artists and vendors, draws in a crowd of more than 7,000 area residents each year. The festival is known as one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in west Georgia, according to the City of Carrollton website.

Grady commissioners, Cairo council set public meetings

May 4, 2020

Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Businesses across Georgia are gradually reopening as statewide emergency orders put in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus are beginning to expire, and government meetings in Grady County are no different.

Main Street/DDA offering emergency grants for businesses

May 4, 2020

Milledgeville Union Recorder

To support the viability of Milledgeville’s most affected downtown small businesses and entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 crisis, the Milledgeville Downtown Development Authority will administer an emergency fund to help support operations.

City of Centerville Postpones Reopening

May 4, 2020

Houston Home Journal

After speaking with Centerville Mayor John Harley earlier this week, Houston Home Journal announced in Wednesday’s paper—in an article entitled, "Centerville City Hall reopens with restrictions”—that Centerville City Hall and other offices would be reopening on Friday, May 1. Since that time, subsequent to giving the matter further consideration, the reopening was deferred to a later date.

Opening of Perry Facilities Uncertain

May 4, 2020

Houston Home Journal

City Manager Lee Gilmour explained that the city is hesitant to give any specific dates or deadlines due to uncertainty concerning public health situations, future regulatory requirements and economic environments.

Roswell reopens access to most parks

May 4, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The mayor and other metro Atlanta officials are taking measured steps in reopening public places due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Temple council may take up hazard pay

May 1, 2020

Carrollton Times-Georgian

Temple may join three other west Georgia governments in granting hazard pay to city employees on the front line of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

City extends local state of emergency

May 1, 2020

Morgan County Citizen

The City of Madison voted to extend the local state of emergency for another 30 days due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, a highly contagious and potentially lethal upper-respiratory coronavirus that has caused a worldwide pandemic.

Hinesville extends emergency declaration

May 1, 2020

Hinesville Coastal Courier

Hinesville City Council voted Thursday during a called meeting to extend the city's COVID-19 state of public health emergency to May 13. That's the day the state's public health emergency is set to end.

Atlanta Mayor announces reopening advisory group’s final meeting

May 1, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A group comprised of roughly 50 leaders in medical, business, cultural and legal communities will hold their final meeting on May 5 before submitting recommendations to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on how to reopen the city during the coronavirus pandemic.

Alpharetta works to reopen city hall in stages

May 1, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Alpharetta city officials are working on ways to phase in a return to full business operations at City Hall while also extending the city’s state of emergency declaration to May 30.

Fayetteville to re-open city offices May 18

May 1, 2020

Fayette Citizen

A unanimous vote by the Fayetteville City Council at an April 27 called meeting confirmed the re-opening of city offices to the public on May 18.

Local government offices to reopen on Monday

April 30, 2020

Brunswick News

Local government offices are scheduled to open to the public on Monday. Brunswick city officials made the announcement at Tuesday’s city finance committee meeting.

Pandemic slows down growth in downtown Brunswick

April 30, 2020

Brunswick News

Mathew Hill, the city’s downtown development authority director, believes the projects that generated so much optimism in the business community and beyond will still happen. He believes the relaxing of some restrictions will help local merchants.

Woodstock announces plans to reopen city facilities

April 29, 2020

Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

As the shelter in place order for the state of Georgia is set to expire on April 30, and the state of emergency declaration lapsing on May 13, the city of Woodstock has announced plans to reopen certain city facilities.

Bowman council meets - from a distance

April 29, 2020

Elberton Star & Examiner

The City of Bowman’s April meeting was held once again at the Bowman Community Center Monday night in order to provide enough room for social distancing amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Holding pattern for some city projects

April 28, 2020

Brunswick News

Brunswick city officials were in the midst of encouraging negotiations to begin construction of a long-awaited hotel and convention center when the COVID-19 outbreak ground everything to a halt a month ago.

Some dining rooms remain closed despite order, take out options remain

April 28, 2020

LaGrange Daily News

LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton, West Point Mayor Steve Tramell, Hogansville Mayor Bill Stankiewicz and Troup County Board of Commissioners Chairman Patrick Crews were sure to remind residents that the governor’s shelter-in-place order remains in effect until April 30.

Brookhaven to allow restaurants to use tents, parking lots for seating

April 28, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst has signed a new executive order allowing local restaurants to set up tents and use parking lots as seating areas, a move he believes will allow them to better maintain social distancing during the ongoing pandemic.

Savannah mayor: ‘We can reach God without going through a building’

April 27, 2020

Savannah Morning News

Savannah Mayor Van Johnson asked over 70 local Savannah religious leaders to keep their worship centers closed as Georgia businesses begin to reopen. On Friday, April 24 Johnson held a video call with those leaders and none of them said they would reopen.

Dalton Utilities taking steps to protect workforce from coronavirus

April 27, 2020

Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton Utilities has adopted new guidelines to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) among its workforce. Workers travel in separate vehicles and must maintain a 6-foot distance unless otherwise necessary, which officials say is generally only in emergency-type situations.

Savannah-Chatham schools meals delivered weekly through school year’s end

April 27, 2020

Savannah Morning News

Starting the week of Monday, April 27, free breakfasts and lunches for Savannah-Chatham County students will be delivered by school bus once a week through the end of the school year, according to a news release from the district issued on Thursday, April 23. The last day of school for SCCPSS is May 15.

Roswell to reopen Recycling Center for residents only

April 27, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Roswell Recycling Center, closed like other city facilities by the COVID-19 outbreak, is now scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, May 5, with limited hours and operations, the city announced.

Georgia businesses reopen cautiously amid coronavirus worry

April 27, 2020

Access North Georgia

The effect of the reopening varied. The president of the Warner Robins chamber of commerce in middle Georgia said more cars were in parking lots, but Waycross City Manager Tonya Miller said she hadn’t seen many businesses open in her southeast Georgia town.

City compliance checks reflect awareness

April 24, 2020

Statesboro Herald

During the COVID-19 pandemic, local police and firefighters have undertaken a new task to help keep residents safe. Throughout the day, anyone listening to a police scanner can hear officers and firefighters tell dispatchers they are “on COVID-19 detail.”

Some Acworth parks to reopen Friday

April 24, 2020

Marietta Daily Journal

Certain parks in Acworth will reopen at 5 p.m. Friday, according to a notice and an executive order posted on the city’s website. Acworth joins Cobb County and the city of Kennesaw in opening some of its parks this weekend. Each had closed their parks to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

With tax revenues dropping, Peachtree City will lay off part-time employees

April 24, 2020

Fayette Citizen

When it comes to the fiscal impacts for the current budget ending Sept. 30 and next year’s budget beginning Oct. 1 due to the business shutdowns from the Covid-19 pandemic, Peachtree City Manager Jon Rorie said those effects occur as three pieces of the fiscal puzzle, each of which is the subject of ongoing preparation and planning.

Macon-Bibb Leaders Urge Gov. Kemp To Let Them Reopen When Ready

April 24, 2020

GPB News

Both the Macon-Bibb County Commission and the Board of Health passed resolutions urging Gov. Brian Kemp to reconsider his statewide order that would allow hair and nail salons, gyms, tattoo parlors and other businesses to reopen Friday.

Stockbridge leaders approve resolution opposing reopening businesses

April 24, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In a unanimous vote, the Stockbridge City Council passed a resolution expressing members’ opposition to Kemp’s authorization for “non-essential” businesses such as gyms, bowling alleys, tattoo parlors and nail salons to reopen. The resolution, however, cannot override the governor’s orders.

How Gainesville Schools employees could help health system

April 24, 2020

Gainesville Times

Northeast Georgia Health Systems has partnered with the Gainesville City School System to set up a contingency plan that could put GCSS faculty and students into non-clinical roles at hospitals should they experience a large surge in COVID-19 patients.

Public safety agencies receive mask donations

April 23, 2020

Griffin Daily News

The City of Griffin Police and Griffin Fire-Rescue as well as the Spalding County Sheriff's Office have recently been the recipients of personal protective equipment that has been donated to help COVID-19 relief efforts.

Lockdown Effects: Economic impact of shutdown uncertain for S.Ga.

April 23, 2020

Valdosta Daily Times

“We think revenue-wise we’re going to be fine for the remainder of this fiscal budget which only gets us to July. But you’re going to probably see the fiscal 21 budget amended many times throughout the course of the year because you can only do best guess on revenue,” Valdosta Mayor Scott James Matheson said.

Survey probes COVID-19 impact on S. Ga. businesses

April 23, 2020

Valdosta Daily Times

The survey, which closes April 28, will provide information to be passed on to federal officials, said Myrna Ballard, president of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce.

Moody’s may downgrade Atlanta bonds on weak car rental tax collections

April 23, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In a letter to investors last week, Moody’s said it had placed on review Atlanta’s A1 and Aa3 ratings on refunding and 2017 lien series bonds — issued through the Atlanta & Fulton County Recreation Authority — because car rentals, from whose taxes the city has been paying the debt, are in freefall as Americans stay home to avoid spreading the disease.

Metro Atlanta governments expect $600M in coronavirus aid

April 23, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The amounts received by Atlanta and county governments in Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett will vary based on population. But each will get a substantial sum to pay for overtime, equipment, hazard pay for employees, personal protective equipment and other expenditures.

Kennesaw to open parks Friday

April 23, 2020

Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw will open Swift-Cantrell Park, city neighborhood parks and trails with limited hours and operations Friday, the city announced Wednesday.

Feelings mixed on reopening of businesses

April 22, 2020

Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Athens Mayor Kelly Girtz, who issued a shelter-in-place order two weeks before the statewide order went into effect, said it’s too soon to reopen businesses while there’s still a lack of adequate testing.

FRONTLINE HEROES: Brunswick Patrol Officer Samantha Spaulding

April 22, 2020

Brunswick News

Things have slowed down for Samantha Spaulding since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. A patrol officer at the Brunswick Police Department for two and a half years, Spaulding’s usual shifts consisted of riding through neighborhoods to deter burglaries and taking various service calls during prime business hours.

Hinesville tables policy

April 22, 2020

Hinesville Coastal Courier

City Manager Kenneth Howard was set to present a “pandemic outbreak or Similar Illness Policy, but it was removed from the agenda. That policy is set to be an agenda item for the May 7, meeting.

Mayor urges residents to be cautious

April 22, 2020

Hinesville Coastal Courier

Hinesville Mayor Allen Brown submitted a letter Tuesday that said Hinesville will continue to abide by Governor Kemp’s orders.

Albany gets $18 million-plus CARES Act Airport grant

April 22, 2020

Albany Herald

Albany officials learned Wednesday that the city will receive $18,017,560 in Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Stability Act funding for projects at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport. The $18 million-plus grant is part of $411 million in CARES Act funding allocated for 97 Georgia Airports.

Augusta pandemic loans going for debate

April 22, 2020

Augusta Chronicle

Proposals to make forgivable loans to Augusta businesses and nonprofits and suspend revenue streams such as the stormwater utility fee are expected to draw heated debate at Tuesday’s live-streamed Augusta Commission meeting.

Duluth provides assistance to businesses during COVID-19 pandemic

April 22, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In an effort to assist businesses during the current coronavirus pandemic, the Duluth City Council has relaxed and/or amended the city’s regulatory and tax requirements consistent with and supplemental to Governor Brian Kemp’s April 2 Executive Order.

Local officials react to Kemp's decision

April 22, 2020

Brunswick News

Local officials are glad Gov. Brian Kemp is following the phased approach recommended by the federal government in lifting restrictions and businesses and activities imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19, but they do not all agree with the first step he announced on Monday.

Savannah mayor: ‘We are still far from where we need to be’

April 22, 2020

Savannah Morning News

Savannah Mayor Van Johnson urged residents to voluntarily continue abiding by local emergency measures and business closures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on Tuesday, April 21, despite Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s order allowing many businesses to reopen as soon as Friday.

First phase of Kemp plan leaves some wary

April 22, 2020

Carrollton Times-Georgian

“This flies in the face of local control,” Villa Rica Mayor Gil McDougal wrote in a statement. “It is frustrating as a local mayor to make decisions while the governor has gone out of his way to not only not consider local authorities, but to explicitly deny their abilities to govern as it relates to COVID-19.”

Chamber partners for regional business impact survey

April 22, 2020

Thomasville Times-Enterprise

The Thomasville-Thomas County and Albany Area Chambers of Commerce and Locate South Georgia have partnered to collect information through a series of surveys regarding the extent to which the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has affected local and regional business operations. The online survey opens today and closes April 28.

Mayor urges residents to be cautious

April 22, 2020

Hinesville Coastal Courier

Hinesville Mayor Allen Brown submitted a letter Tuesday that said Hinesville will continue to abide by Governor Kemp’s orders.

Feelings mixed on reopening of businesses

April 22, 2020

Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Public health experts and local elected officials raised concerns Tuesday over whether Georgia businesses are ready to reopen safely while the coronavirus pandemic continues to chalk up new infections and deaths.

Norcross allows power customers to defer payments due to coronavirus

April 22, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Norcross City Council passed a measure allowing the payment deferrals Monday night. People and businesses going through financial difficulties can apply for a deferral which would allow them to pause payments for the months of April, May and June.

Mayor Varnadore makes statement on pandemic

April 22, 2020

Baxley News Banner

The Baxley City Council held its meeting March 25 at 8:30 a.m. During the meeting, Mayor Tim Varnadore made a statement on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kemp’s move surprising for Rome, Floyd County leaders

April 22, 2020

Rome News-Tribune

Rome and Floyd County officials have known that a positive step out of the current COVID-19 pandemic would be the reopening of nonessential businesses. They just didn’t expect it to come this soon.

Athens officials, businesses react to Georgia’s reopening

April 22, 2020

Athens Banner-Herald

As Georgia added 66 new COVID-19 deaths to its running tally Tuesday morning — the second-largest increase since Georgia began posting a public tally — some are calling Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s move to reopen businesses a dangerous gamble.

City leaders plan for more business openings

April 22, 2020

Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb city leaders are urging residents to stay safe while supporting local businesses and services as they begin to reopen in accordance with new state guidelines.

Superintendent's update on Rome City Schools

April 21, 2020

Rome News-Tribune

Superintendent summarizes plans for Rome City Schools as they continue to deal with the current crisis and not being able to return to in-school instruction.

Woodbine residents find way to thank health providers

April 21, 2020

Brunswick News

“My reaction was one of pride and much gratitude,” Woodbine City Manager Samantha Young said. “Our city is often forgotten because we are so small, so it made my heart happy that we had the opportunity to show just how tight knit, caring and compassionate our entire community is.”

Atlanta mayor: Panel to plan reopening city

April 21, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The same day Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced details on reopening Georgia during the coronavirus pandemic, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said she’s created an advisory council to create a similar plan for the city.

Pandemic hampers Atlanta’s effort to address affordable housing crisis

April 21, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The coronavirus pandemic is expected to deliver crushing budget deficits to the city of Atlanta over the next three years, and has at least temporarily wiped out the city’s plan to address its most critical need — the lack of affordable housing.

Homeless in DeKalb moved from hotel that borders senior home

April 21, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Doraville Mayor Joseph Geierman said he spoke with DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond, who agreed to move the homeless individuals to another location. The mayor said he appreciated Thurmond’s “quick action on this once he heard about the situation.”

Mayor urges compliance with governor’s orders to slow spread of COVID-19

April 20, 2020

Tifton Gazette

Mayor Julie Smith recently joined other members of the Tifton City Council as well as representatives from the Tift County Board of Commissioners, Tifton Police Department and Tift County Sheriff’s Office in a series of social media videos urging residents to keep following requirements from Governor Brian Kemp’s office to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

Valdosta airport getting $1.1 million in COVID-19 relief

April 20, 2020

Valdosta Daily Times

More than $1 million of COVID-19 relief funds have been earmarked for Valdosta’s airport, while other airports in south central Georgia are also being allocated funds, according to Federal Aviation Administration documents.

Cairo's first downtown concert of the year cancelled

April 20, 2020

Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Friday was supposed to mark the first of the City of Cairo’s 2020 downtown concert series, but concerns over the spread of COVID-19 led to the event being canceled.

VCS, Second Harvest feeds community

April 20, 2020

Valdosta Daily Times

ith the 2019-20 school year now at an end, Valdosta City Schools and the Second Harvest of South Georgia continues to bring free meals to students in need.

COVID-19 Initiative: Tucker To Get Morale Boost From “Spring Fling”

April 20, 2020

CBS Atlanta

With schools closed, public events being postponed and residents continuing to shelter in place, the City of Tucker announced a new initiative Thursday aimed at improving morale in the community. The “Spring Fling” will encourage people to connect with neighbors, support others and have a little bit of fun.

Gwinnett county, cities are extending emergency orders

April 20, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Chuck Warbington, Lawrenceville city manager, said the move doesn’t give governments any additional powers. But the extended state of emergency is required for some federal funding, and to continue provisions that are already in place, like waiving the normal procurement policy, he said.

Dunwoody arts center, artist come to agreement over sale of yard signs

April 20, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The campaign, which began several weeks ago, has raised more than $40,000 for local artists who have been hurt financially by the pandemic, and has been featured on CNN and “Good Morning America.” The signs are for sale on Create Dunwoody’s website and Kofke’s site.

Hundreds drive through for coronavirus testing at Georgia International Horse Park

April 20, 2020

Henry Daily Herald

The Gwinnett Rockdale Newton Health Departments, working in conjunction with Rockdale Emergency Management, the city of Conyers, the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia National Guard and Rockdale Fire Rescue, moved vehicles through a series of checkpoints that culminated at a testing station where nasal swabs were taken for virus testing.

City of Kennesaw lays off 23 of its staff

April 20, 2020

Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling says his city laid off 23 employees, or just under 11% of its staff of 212, as closures due to the coronavirus have reduced tax revenues in the city.

Pandemic cutting into local, state tax revenues

April 20, 2020

Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Woodstock City Manager Jeff Moon, Canton City Manager Billy Peppers and Ball Ground City Manager Eric Wilmarth share the impacts they've seen across Cherokee County.

Cobb cities brace for budget cuts

April 20, 2020

Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb city leaders are tightening budgets, freezing new hires, delaying pay raises and bracing themselves for major revenue losses as the local impact from the coronavirus pandemic starts to become apparent.

Darien PD helping out community in unique ways

April 20, 2020

Brunswick News

As elderly folks and others with medical conditions struggle through this time of sheltering in place, Darien police officers pick up needed medications from local pharmacies and deliver them to the doorsteps of townsfolk.

Albany HUD grant will be used for housing concerns

April 20, 2020

Albany Herald

The city of Albany received a special allocation of Community Development Block Grant funds in the amount of $523,987 to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus.

Aragon calling off April meeting amid COVID-19 closure

April 16, 2020

Polk County Standard Journal

The Aragon City Council would usually meet this evening to conduct their monthly business, but with the Shelter in Place order still running they've decided that the votes can wait for the time being.

Not time to relax on virus, says mayor

April 16, 2020

Brunswick News

During a special state of the city address Wednesday via teleconference, Brunswick Mayor Cornell Harvey urged residents to continue following the health guidelines in place through April 30 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Smyrna police praised for COVID-19 initiative

April 16, 2020

Marietta Daily Journal

The initiative is being organized in conjunction with Mayor Derek Norton’s Support Smyrna program, which offers one-off donations of Publix or Kroger gift cards to local families in need.

Augusta Commission approves Hotels for Homeless

April 16, 2020

Augusta Chronicle

Augusta commissioners unanimously approved the Hotels for the Homeless initiative, allowing the city to house homeless people in local hotels during the coronavirus health crisis.

Local economy hit hard by pandemic

April 15, 2020

Brunswick News

Brunswick City Manager Tanet Myers said the city will undoubtedly see a short-term hit to sales tax income but has not done a deep dive into the issue. The city is well into the annual budgeting process, so officials were already planning to meet this month to discuss its income and how to keep the books in the black.

Local schools move to 4-day schedule for home learning

April 15, 2020

Rome News-Tribune

Rome City Schools Superintendent Lou Byars agreed said leaving Friday review day gives teachers more time to plan. “It was just a chance to remediate and help those who may be struggling and give the teachers a chance to check on their students,” Byars said. “It also gives a chance for teachers to collaborate amongst themselves.”

Pandemic impacts local business and economic growth

April 15, 2020

McDuffie Progress

Thomson Mayor Ken Usry and McDuffie County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton said they encourage businesses small and large to approach local banks for assistance when applying for federal dollars.

At-risk Smyrna employees to receive hazard pay

April 14, 2020

Marietta Daily Journal

Smyrna employees deemed "at-risk" by the city will receive hazard pay for the duration of the city's declared state of emergency after a City Council vote April 7.

Mayor Harvey to address city

April 13, 2020

Brunswick News

The regularly scheduled Brunswick City Commission meeting on April 15 has been canceled because of coronavirus social distancing guidelines.

Local farmers markets approving alternate schedules, formats

April 13, 2020

Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Woodstock Tourism Manager Kyle Bennett, who also manages the Woodstock Farm Fresh Market, said the decision was recently made to postpone the market’s start date from April 25 to May 16, although he said that date still remains subject to change based on the changing conditions.

Signs honor 'pandemic heroes' at Tower Road in Marietta

April 13, 2020

Marietta Daily Journal

The city of Marietta recently dedicated Tower Road, where the hospital is located, from Church Street to Kennesaw Avenue as "Pandemic Heroes Honor Way" to recognize health care workers and others on the front lines of the disease.

Kennesaw changes public comment procedures

April 13, 2020

Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw citizens who want to weigh in on upcoming mayor and council meetings will have to do so via email temporarily while city hall is closed due to the coronavirus.

Austell nonprofit steps up to distribute food during crisis

April 13, 2020

Marietta Daily Journal

Mayor Ollie Clemons, standing near a large sign that read "#Austell you count 2020," waved at them as they drove by. The event's goal was twofold. In addition to providing food to people in need, it also encouraged their participation in the census, something in which Austell residents have lagged relative to their peers in other parts of the county.

Albany official calls for 'hot spot' locations within community

April 9, 2020

Albany Herald

While Albany, Dougherty County and other area officials have thus far ignored the public clamor for a list of local coronavirus victims, one Albany official is asking that, in the absence of such a list, the public be alerted to the location of COVID-19 sufferers.

Woodstock residents launch campaigns to help restaurant employees

April 9, 2020

Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Woodstock Marketing and Communications Manager Stacy Brown said she was inspired by a campaign in Dunwoody to help raise money for food service workers in Woodstock. The signs modify the city's marketing brand statement from “A City Unexpected” to “A City Unrelenting.”

Mayor adopts governor’s order, so city can now enforce shelter-in-place

April 8, 2020

Statesboro Herald

Backed by a unanimous vote of Statesboro City Council, Mayor Jonathan McCollar replaced his March 22 COVID-19 executive order with a new one Tuesday that simply reflects Gov. Brian Kemp’s April 2 shelter-in-place order and allows Statesboro officials to enforce it.

Marietta tables emergency orders

April 8, 2020

Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta's plans to change its emergency declaration and regulations related to it are on hold as Gov. Brian Kemp's new orders supersede local ones.

Temporary shelter to open on bypass

April 7, 2020

rome

Work will move forward to establish a temporary homeless shelter near the East Rome Bypass on Kingston Highway to help curb the spread of COVID-19 after the Rome City Commission unanimously passed a memorandum of understanding Monday.

Winterville Marigold Festival canceled due to coronavirus

April 7, 2020

Athens Banner-Herald

The annual festival — the Clarke County town’s signature event — was scheduled for May 9. According to a message from Winterville Mayor Dodd Ferrelle, town planners hope to schedule an alternative community event for this fall.

Lowndes United: City, county express gratitude

April 7, 2020

Valdosta Daily Times

City of Valdosta and Lowndes County officials took time last week to plant these signs – dubbed with the hashtag #togetherwearebetter – at fire stations, police departments, public works departments and the utility department.

City approves purchase of equipment

April 6, 2020

Hinesville Coastal Courier

Hinesville City Manager Kenneth Howard said the county and the city were considering a curfew. However, the county and city can no longer implement any curfew since the governor's executive order supersedes their power to do so.

Cobb crime drops during coronavirus crisis

April 6, 2020

Marietta Daily Journal

“Within the city limits, calls for police service are down and things are fairly quiet on the streets,” Marietta Police Department spokesman Officer Chuck McPhilamy told the MDJ.

Marietta honors Kroger employee for service during pandemic

April 6, 2020

Marietta Daily Journal

The 12-year Kroger employee recently received formal recognition from the city, which designates March and April as the months “we give a special thank you to this dedicated citizen that puts others before himself.”

Governor's order puts local orders on hold

April 3, 2020

Rome News-Tribune

Local governments’ discussions on extending their emergency orders to keep residents at home were brought to a halt Thursday evening with the release of Gov. Brian Kemp’s own order for Georgians to shelter in place.

Smyrna mayor issues message to citizens

April 3, 2020

Marietta Daily Journal

On Friday, Smyrna Mayor Derek Norton gave his city an update on various community efforts to support local families and businesses in need.

Warren County governments meet, release statement

April 2, 2020

McDuffie Progress

The Warren County Board of Commissioners, the cities of Warrenton and Norwood, and the town of Camak held a special called meeting Monday evening, March 30, 2020.

Rome looking at extending emergency declaration through April 30

April 2, 2020

Rome News-Tribune

Rome leaders are expected to extend the public health emergency declaration ordering residents to shelter in place, with perhaps more restrictions, as the nation and the world continue to attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Smyrna extends lockdown

April 2, 2020

Marietta Daily Journal

Smyrna Mayor Derek Norton extended the city’s efforts to contain the coronavirus, including its closure of businesses and its ban on large gatherings, through April 24 in an executive order signed Wednesday.

State legislators, local officials defend regional COVID-19 effort

April 2, 2020

Albany Herald

Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan deferred questions about the city’s battle against the coronavirus to Albany Mayor Bo Dorough and Dougherty County Commission Chairman Chris Cohilas, who are jointly hosting daily news conferences, updating the community about the virus. But Subadan did say the city has been “extraordinarily proactive” in efforts to stop spread of the virus.

Brunswick approves new restrictions

April 2, 2020

Brunswick News

The Brunswick City Commission unanimously approved an emergency order through April 30 at Wednesday’s regularly scheduled meeting.

Kennesaw executive order closes barbershops, nail salons

April 2, 2020

Marietta Daily Journal

The city of Kennesaw has issued an executive order staying business licenses for “non-medical physical contact” businesses, including hair stylists, nail salons and tattoo parlors.

Riverdale City Council Held Meeting on COVID-19 emergency on Monday

April 1, 2020

Clayton News Daily

he Riverdale City Council has passed an emergency ordinance requiring residents to shelter in place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., banning gatherings of 10 or more people, enforcing a 6-foot social distancing rule and preventing restaurants from seated dining.

County, Auburn enact ‘stay-at-home’ orders, but Winder council holds off

April 1, 2020

Barrow News-Journal

Barrow County, the City of Auburn and the Town of Braselton have issued “stay-at-home” orders for their residents, but the Winder City Council has opted not to do so but will instead keep in place emergency measures it enacted last week as local governments continue to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.

Commissioners set to hire new city manager

March 31, 2020

Brunswick News

While it isn’t on the April 1 Brunswick City Commission agenda, Mayor Cornell Harvey said he expects a discussion about the topic on everyone’s mind — coronavirus.

Camden limits access to motorists

March 31, 2020

Brunswick News

Robert Horton, emergency management director for St. Marys, said the city agrees with the restrictions adopted by the Camden County emergency management team.

Rural residents cautious about virus

March 31, 2020

Brunswick News

In Hoboken, a town of 528 people, city clerk Linda Henderson said local residents are taking health advisories seriously.

HPD delivering prescriptions to the elderly

March 31, 2020

Hinesville Coastal Courier

For certain individuals who meet specific criteria, a phone call to Hinesville Police Department can help get their prescriptions filled and delivered to their doorstep.

Planning commission meeting postponed to May 7

March 30, 2020

Rome News-Tribune

The Rome-Floyd Planning Commission meeting originally planned for April 2 has been canceled and all applications have been moved to the May 7 meeting.

Athens-Clarke coronavirus updates: what to know Monday

March 30, 2020

Athens Banner-Herald

All buildings, parks, trails, and open space parks are closed as of March 30. This includes Ben Burton Park, Dudley Park, the Greenway, Firefly Trail, and Sandy Creek Nature Center trails that had previously been open while other facilities were closed.

Cave Spring order includes extra precaution

March 30, 2020

Rome News-Tribune

A new piece of advice to help curb the spread of COVID-19 was included in an emergency resolution approved by the Cave Spring City Council on Friday that encourages people to self-isolate in their residences unless absolutely necessary

Local leaders say no reason to panic, share COVID-19 statement

March 30, 2020

McDuffie Progress

Friday afternoon, the representatives of the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners, the Thomson City Council and the Dearing Town Council met by teleconference and a implemented a set of COVID-19 Rules and Recommendations uniformly across the county and both communities

City announces curfew, alcohol restrictions

March 27, 2020

Moultrie Observer

Late this morning, Moultrie Mayor Bill McIntosh announced a curfew that will take effect tonight and a suspension of alcohol licenses that will take effect immediately. Both are in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Conyers, Rockdale 14-day mandatory shelter in place beginning March 26

March 27, 2020

Rockdale Citizen

In an effort to reduce and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners and the Conyers mayor and City Council have issued mandatory shelter in place orders that also close non-essential businesses and prohibit public gatherings in the city and county.

Loganville declares state of emergency

March 27, 2020

Walton Tribune

In a historic meeting conducted by a digital conference, city leaders passed emergency orders due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Social distancing for Social Circle

March 27, 2020

Walton Tribune

Following in the wake of Gov. Brian Kemp’s latest call for further restrictions on business and travel in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Social Circle City Council voted to place the city in a state of emergency.

Augusta mayor issues executive order closing some businesses

March 27, 2020

Augusta Chronicle

Posted Mar 21, 2020 at 4:42 PM In an effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19, Mayor Hardie Davis issued an executive order Saturday that closes a number of businesses and limits public and private gatherings to no more than 10 people.

Gainesville customers asked to put garbage out at curb

March 27, 2020

Gainesville Times

Gainesville is asking trash pickup customers to bring their household garbage to the curb by no later than 7 a.m. on their designated pickup day. The city is asking that this measure begin Monday, March 23.

Hinesville adds to closures due to COVID-19

March 27, 2020

Hinesville Coastal Courier

Hinesville local state of emergency declaration March 23 Hinesville has added daycares, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, tattoo parlors and other such places to its list of businesses closed under the city's state of emergency declaration, according to a press release issued Monday.

Macon-Bibb mayor: It’s not a time to panic

March 27, 2020

Macon Telegraph

“When the enemy is at the gates, it’s not a time to panic. Rather, it’s a time to review our strategy, modify and update it as necessary, and work together to get through this challenge, and we will get through this challenge,” Reichert said.

Plans in place to keep city water flowing

March 27, 2020

Rome News-Tribune

The Rome water and sewer division is doing its part to make sure its operations continue as the spread of the COVID-19 virus continues to disrupt daily life.

Tybee discontinues curbside recycling

March 27, 2020

Savannah Morning News

Tybee Island was the first local municipality to initiate curbside recycling in 2004. But as of April 1, its contractor Atlantic Waste will end curbside recycling pick-up there. Because of this, the city is requesting that residents participate in a voluntary recycling drop-off program.

Lakeland imposes curfew, limits gatherings

March 27, 2020

Valdosta Daily Times

Lakeland City Council passed a curfew and a limit on public gatherings Monday morning at an emergency meeting to deal with the COVID19 coronavirus pandemic.

City of Walthourville adds additional safety measures, closures

March 27, 2020

Hinesville Coastal Courier

City of Walthourville Mayor, Larry Baker, and council members held a Special Called Meeting March 26 at the City’s Police Department addressing additional precautions the city plans to take since passing a Declaration of Local Emergency during their March 22 meeting.

Aragon mayor shuts down weekend events at Pittman Field

March 27, 2020

Polk County Standard Journal

Aragon Mayor Debbie Pittman said Thursday that gatherings at Pittman Field last weekend were immediately shut down and measures taken to ensure the public facility won't be used without the full knowledge of the city from now on

City of McCaysville declares a public health emergency

March 26, 2020

Blue Ridge News Observer

The City of McCaysville City Council declared a public health emergency Tuesday afternoon, March 24, to "protect and promote the health, safety and welfare of its citizens."

Orders present new concerns from residents

March 26, 2020

Rome News-Tribune

City Manager Sammy Rich said there was a drastic decrease Wednesday in the numbers of calls and emails from residents asking questions about the second state of emergency declaration.

Tyrone emergency ordinance approved by council

March 26, 2020

Fayette Citizen

An emergency ordinance related to the Covid-19 pandemic was adopted March 24 by the Tyrone Town council. The ordinance, which largely mirrors current state and federal requirements, will be in effect until 5 p.m. on April 7.

Winder, Statham enact curfew, other measures

March 25, 2020

Barrow News-Journal

The Winder and Statham city councils this week approved sweeping citywide measures, including a mandatory 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, which is continuing to hit the U.S. and Georgia hard.

Powder Springs emergency rules begin noon Wednesday

March 25, 2020

Marietta Daily Journal

Powder Springs Mayor Al Thurman and the City Council have issued a number of requirements as part of an emergency declaration, which will go into effect at noon Wednesday.

City of Marietta declares emergency

March 25, 2020

Marietta Daily Journal

The city of Marietta has declared an "emergency situation," which includes a ban on dining in restaurants and limiting gatherings to fewer than 10 people.

Local governments taking lead on virus response

March 25, 2020

Rome News-Tribune

That is the underlying intent behind two new ordinances passed by the Rome City and Floyd County commissions this week — ordering residents to shelter in place and only go out for essential activities.

Brookhaven, Decatur issue stay at home orders

March 25, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett has issued a stay-at-home order, mandating that residents leave their homes only for the most essential activities.

Norcross orders several high traffic businesses to close

March 25, 2020

Gwinnett Daily Post

Norcross officials have ordered several businesses that typically have high traffic volumes to close their doors for the time being because of the pandemic outbreak of the coronavirus disease known as COVID-19.

Alpharetta closes most city parks

March 24, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The city of Alpharetta has closed most city parks for 30 days. City Council approved the closures Monday night as part of Alpharetta’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Richmond Hill City Council meeting March 24 to be online only

March 24, 2020

Savannah Morning News

In light of the social distancing and other CDC-recommended safety measures, residents and the general public are asked to not come to City Hall, but rather, view the meeting via live streaming on the city’s Facebook page.

Dalton declares state of emergency over COVID-19

March 24, 2020

Dalton Daily Citizen

The resolution declares a state of emergency to mitigate the spread of the virus by "limiting all voluntary social gatherings, dine-in restaurant services and exposure at nursing and retirement homes, and providing flexibility regarding the sale of alcohol for off-premises use and for other purposes," according to the city.

Conyers City Council restricts restaurants to take out or delivery, limits entertainment businesses

March 23, 2020

Rockdale Citizen

The Conyers Mayor and City Council met in an emergency meeting on Friday, March 20 and unanimously passed an ordinance restricting restaurants to take out or delivery of food only, closing certain entertainment businesses in which public health could be compromised, and allowing restaurants licensed to sell beer and wine for on-premises consumption to sell beer or wine for take-out consumption off-premises.

City Council will meet daily about COVID-19 situation

March 23, 2020

Dalton Daily Citizen

The Dalton Mayor and Council will begin holding daily meetings at City Hall on Monday to address the evolving situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dalton and beyond.

Alpharetta waiting to close businesses, restaurants

March 23, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

For now, Alpharetta is not ordering restaurants to limit business to take-out, or closing retail establishments due to the coronavirus pandemic, said James Drinkard, assistant city administrator.

Mayor recommends Statesboro restaurants limit dine-in patrons to fewer than 10

March 23, 2020

Statesboro Herald

To be clear, Mayor Jonathan McCollar’s emergency declaration Thursday night gives him authority to impose a curfew, but he has not imposed one. He didn’t order Statesboro’s restaurants closed, either, but he did recommend that they limit themselves to fewer than 10 dine-in customers at a time.

Hinesville Declares State of Emergency

March 23, 2020

Hinesville Coastal Courier

On Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m., Mayor Allen Brown issued a Local State of Emergency for the City of Hinesville to take effect at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.

City manager: Resolution meant to curb COVID-19, not shut down restaurants

March 23, 2020

Rome News-Tribune

Friday was the first day that a state of emergency took effect declaring the closure of all dining areas for establishments in Floyd County, and Rome City Manager Sammy Rich said his office had not received any concerns or negative feedback from business owners, just a clarification of what is allowed and who it impacts.

Milledgeville mayor talks about city’s achievements

March 20, 2020

Milledgeville Union Recorder

Milledgeville Mayor Mary Parham-Copelan told members of city council during her State of the City Address last week that she is proud of the accomplishments the city made during 2019.

Downtown Thomasville: Open for business

March 20, 2020

Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Downtown Thomasville is open for business, and the City of Thomasville’s Main Street Program is doing its part to assist merchants during these changing times...Merchants are following and adapting to recommendations set forth by the Centers for Disease Control in order to prioritize their customer’s safety.

Gainesville closes city facilities, parks to remain open

March 20, 2020

Gainesville Times

In an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus, all city of Gainesville administrative offices, fire stations, the public safety complex, parks and recreation buildings and the Gainesville-Hall County Senior Life Center will be closed to the public indefinitely.