COVID-19 UPDATES
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City of Gainesville COVID-19 updates

In an effort to return to normal operations, the city of Gainesville has reopened select facilities to the public, but implemented reduced hours of operation and safety procedures to help combat the novel coronavirus. Learn more here.

 

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The State of Georgia's Response

The City of Gainesville's Response

COVID-19 Resources & Information

Event/Activity Cancellations, Facility Closures

 

The state of Georgia's response to COVID-19

Gov. Brian Kemp has taken a series of steps to revive a healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19.

Kemp's statewide shelter-in-place order, for most Georgians, expired April 30. However, he's since signed an executive order renewing the public health state of emergency in Georgia until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 12. A shelter-in-place order for Georgia residents and visitors at higher risk of severe illness remains in effect until June 12.

Kemp's latest executive orders can be found below:

May 28 – Renewing the Public Health State of Emergency issued on March 14 and renewed on April 8 and April 30 to assist with the state’s response to COVID-19

May 28 – Providing ongoing guidance for reviving a healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19

May 12 – Providing additional guidance for reviving a healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19

April 30 – Renewing the Public Health State of Emergency issued on March 14 and renewed on April 8 to assist with the state's response to COVID-19

April 27 – Providing additional guidance for food service establishments, bowling alleys, and theaters in response to COVID-19

April 23 – Providing guidance for reviving a healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19

April 20 – Providing flexibility for healthcare practices, moving certain businesses to minimum operations, and providing for emergency response

What does the shelter-in-place order mean?

Under the order, at-risk Georgia residents and visitors are required to shelter in place within their homes or places of residence, meaning remaining in their place of residence and taking every possible precaution to limit social interaction to prevent the spread or infection of COVID-19 to themselves or any other person, unless they are:

1.) Conducting or participating in essential services (see details below);
2.) Performing necessary travel (see details below);
3.) Are engaged in the performance of, or travel to and from, minimum basic operations for a business, establishment, corporation, nonprofit corporation or organization not classified as critical infrastructure (see details below); or
4.) Are part of the workforce for critical infrastructure and are actively engaged in the performance of, or travel to and from, their respective employment (see details below).

What are 'essential services'?

a.) Obtaining necessary supplies and services for family or household members, such as food and supplies for household consumption and use, medical supplies or medication, supplies and equipment needed to work from home, and products needed to maintain safety, sanitation and essential maintenance of the home or residence. Preference should be given to online ordering, home delivery and curbside pick-up services wherever possible as opposed to in-store shopping;
b.) Engaging in activities essential for the health and safety of family or household members, such as seeking medical, behavioral health or emergency services;
c.) Engaging in outdoor exercise activities so long as a minimum distance of 6 feet is maintained during such activities between all persons who are not occupants of the same household or residence.

What is 'necessary travel'?

a.) Necessary travel permitted under this order is limited to such travel as is required to conduct or participate in essential services, minimum basic operations or critical infrastructure as defined by this order.

What are 'minimum basic operations'?

a.) The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of a business, establishment, corporation, nonprofit corporation or organization, provide services, manage inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions. Such minimum necessary activities include remaining open to the public subject to the restrictions of this order;
b.) The minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees or volunteers being able to work remotely from their residences or members or patrons being able to participate remotely from their residences;
c.) Instances where employees are working outdoors without regular contact with other persons, such as delivery services, contractors, landscape businesses and agricultural industry services.

What is 'critical infrastructure'?

The term "critical infrastructure" shall refer to businesses, establishments, corporations, nonprofit corporations and organizations as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as "essential critical infrastructure workforce," in guidance dated March 19, 2020, and revised on March 28, 2020, and those suppliers which provide essential goods and services to the critical infrastructure workforce, as well as entities that provide legal services, home hospice, and nonprofit corporations or nonprofit organizations that offer food distribution or other health or mental health services. The operation of critical infrastructure shall not be impeded by county, municipal or local ordinance.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development is authorized to issue guidance to any business, corporation, organization or industry trade group regarding its status as critical infrastructure. This guidance shall not require a finding of fact, but shall be in writing and shall be considered a final agency action for the purpose of proceedings under Code Section 50-13-19. Fill out a state COVID-19 Business Guidance Request Form here.

Raffensperger announces postponement of primary election until June 9

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced that, pursuant to the authority vested in him by O.C.G.A. § 21-2-50.1 and in response to COVID-19, he is postponing the Statewide General Primary/Presidential Preference Primary Election until June 9.

The press release can be read in full here.

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Important COVID-19 resources and information

Where can I find information?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Gov. Brian P. Kemp - Office of the Governor

     For executive orders
Georgia Department of Public Health
Georgia Department of Economic Development
Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Where do I report a complaint or violation of the governor’s order?

Visit gov.georgia.gov, click on “Contact Us," then click on “Constituent Services,” which will take you to a form to fill out. Please include the following information in their report:

1.) Business name
2.) Address
3.) County
4.) Telephone number
5.) Specific details of the complaint

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The city of Gainesville's response to COVID-19

As of Monday, May 18, the Gainesville Administrative Building, Historic City Hall, Public Safety Complex, and Community and Economic Development building are open to the public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Buildings belonging to the Gainesville-Hall County Community Service Center, Gainesville Parks & Recreation, and Gainesville Water Resources (whose drive-thru remains open) remain closed. Learn more here.

The city will continue to communicate all cancellations, closures and possible service interruptions at gainesville.org and on the @GainesvilleGeorgiaGovernment Facebook page.

Gainesville City Council

Special meetings and city resolutions to address the novel COVID-19 pandemic:

Gainesville City Council Meeting and COVID-19 Update - May 5, 2020

The Gainesville City Council convened Tuesday, May 5, for its regularly scheduled meeting.

Action included adoption of a resolution extending the local state of emergency until 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 19. The resolution also extends the following provisions related to COVID-19:

• Postponement of all public hearings and meetings of any board, committee or commission, including the planning & appeals board, which means all zonings, special uses, variances and annexations are delayed;
• Suspension of the termination of water service for nonpayment;
• Waiving of credit card convenience fees for online payments for goods and services;
• Waiving of late fees for city-provided goods and services;
• Ability for restaurants to sell bottled beer and/or bottled wine with carry-out meals;
• Closing of all city administrative offices and buildings to the public.

Watch the meeting in full here. The resolution can be read in full here.

 

Gainesville City Council Meeting and COVID-19 Update - April 21, 2020

The Gainesville City Council convened Tuesday, April 21, for its regularly scheduled meeting.

Action included adoption of a resolution extending the local state of emergency until 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 5. The resolution also extends the following provisions related to COVID-19:

• Postponement of all public hearings and meetings of any board, committee or commission, including the planning & appeals board, which means all zonings, special uses, variances and annexations are delayed until June;
• Suspension of the termination of water service for nonpayment;
• Waiving of credit card convenience fees for online payments for goods and services;
• Waiving of late fees for city-provided goods and services;
• Ability for restaurants to sell bottled beer and/or bottled wine with carry-out meals;
• Closing of all city administrative offices and buildings to the public.

Watch the meeting in full here. The resolution can be read in full here.

 

Gainesville City Council - Special Called Meeting - COVID-19 Update - April 3, 2020

The Gainesville City Council convened Friday, April 3, in a special called meeting in response to Gov. Brian Kemp issuing a statewide shelter-in-place order for residents and visitors of Georgia.

Action included adoption of a resolution rescinding past resolutions related to COVID-19.

Watch the meeting in full here. The resolution can be read in full here.

 

Gainesville City Council - Special Called Meeting - COVID-19 Update - April 1, 2020

The Gainesville City Council convened Wednesday, April 1, in a special called meeting to pursue further provisions related to the declaration of emergency due to COVID-19.

Action included adoption of a resolution declaring a shelter-in-place order, effective at midnight Thursday, April 2. The resolution allows for essential activities, essential travel and for essential businesses to operate.

Watch the meeting in full here.

 

Gainesville City Council - Special Called Meeting - COVID-19 Update - March 27, 2020

The Gainesville City Council convened Friday, March 27, in a special called meeting to pursue further provisions related to the declaration of emergency due to COVID-19.

Action included adoption of a joint resolution of the Gainesville City Council, Northeast Georgia Health System Board of Trustees, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Board of Trustees, medical staffs of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Hospital Authority of Hall County & City of Gainesville and Hall County Commission. The joint resolution collectively asks “all people across our region to stay home for at least 14 days – leaving only for tasks required by their job and necessary needs such as food, medications and medical emergencies – to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Watch the meeting in full here.

 

Gainesville City Council - Special Called Meeting - COVID-19 Update - March 23, 2020

The Gainesville City Council convened Monday, March 23, in a special called meeting to further address the novel COVID-19 pandemic.

Action included adoption of a resolution declaring emergency due to COVID-19 and for provisions necessary to protect lives.

Watch the meeting in full here.

 

Gainesville City Council - Special Called Meeting - COVID-19 Update - March 20, 2020

The Gainesville City Council convened Friday, March 20, in a special called meeting to address the novel COVID-19 pandemic.

Action included adoption of a resolution encouraging adherence to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines related to COVID-19.

Watch the meeting in full here.

Alternative ways to do business with the city

1.) Utilize the city’s website at https://gainesvillega.governmentwindow.com/start.html to determine if transaction needs can be met online. Convenience fees for online payments have been waived until further notice;

2.) Place a call to the appropriate department to determine if city staff can provide the needed service(s) without a visit to city facilities. A list of department contacts can be viewed at https://www.gainesville.org/contact/;

3.) If the service desired is not urgent, email the appropriate department so city staff can assess your needs and respond back to you with the appropriate resolution prior to a visit to city facilities. Email contact information can also be found at https://www.gainesville.org/contact/;

4.) For the city’s water customers, we encourage you to utilize the above measures first. If you still feel it’s imperative you visit our offices at 757 Queen City Parkway, please utilize our drive-thru services. The lobby is closed.

Transit services: Gainesville Connection suspended, Dial-A-Ride modified

Leaders have postponed reopening the Gainesville-Hall County Senior Life Center and reactivating other community services.

The Senior Life Center and Meals on Wheels program will remain closed through Friday, May 29.

Gainesville Connection services, which normally provides scheduled bus services throughout Gainesville and parts of Oakwood and unincorporated Hall County, will also remain suspended.

Dial-A-Ride vanpool services will continue to operate with three vehicles instead of the usual seven. Trips will be prioritized for groceries, pharmacy supplies and medical appointments.

Garbage and recycling information

As a precautionary measure, and to continue providing Gainesville citizens an essential service, the city is asking customers to voluntarily bring their household garbage to the curb by no later than 7 a.m. on their designated pickup days.

This practice falls in line with social-distancing efforts, which will help the city protect both your family and Solid Waste employees by limiting the occurrences where staff has to enter your property. To learn more about the city’s garbage pickup guidelines, visit gainesville.org/solid-waste.

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COVID-19: Event/activity cancellations, facility closures

City services/facilities

The Gainesville Administrative Building, Historic City Hall, Public Safety Complex, and Community and Economic Development building are open to the public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

  • Gainesville Municipal Court sessions: canceled through June 22;
  • Gainesville-Hall County Senior Life Center: closed through May 29;
  • Gainesville Connection: suspended through May 29;
  • Dial-A-Ride services: half fleet now running, trips prioritized to pharmacies, grocery stores, medical appointments and work;
  • Frances Meadows Aquatic Center will remain closed to the public until further notice. Staff will be responding to phone calls and emails as necessary;
  • Civic Center, Martha Hope Cabin, and Fair Street Neighborhood Center rentals have been canceled through May 29. Staff will be responding to phone calls and emails as necessary;
  • Parks are open to the public but social distancing is necessary. Stay at least 6 feet apart and in groups of 10 people or less. Restrooms, playgrounds and basketball courts are closed. Pavilion Rentals have been canceled through May 29.

Events

  • Summer Community Theatre Performances have been canceled;
  • The 2020 Gainesville Spring Chicken Festival has been canceled;
  • First Friday Concerts: Friday June 5, event canceled;
  • All athletics scheduled through May 29 (to include games, practices, tournaments and field rentals) canceled. Efforts are being made to postpone the start dates of youth and adult leagues;
  • All recreation programs scheduled through May 29 have been canceled;
  • The Annual Butterfly Release presented by Friends of the Parks has been cancelled and will return in 2021.

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