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City of Gainesville COVID-19 updates

The city of Gainesville has reopened most facilities to the public, but implemented safety procedures to help combat COVID-19. Visitors to city buildings and facilities are asked to wear masks when appropriate, practice social distancing and wash their hands often.

 

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The State of Georgia's Response

The City of Gainesville's Response

COVID-19 Resources & Information

City Services/Facilities

 

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. Monday, Nov. 9.

Kemp's latest executive orders can be found below. All executive orders related to COVID-19, dating back to February, can be found here.

Sept. 30Renewing the Public Health State of Emergency last renewed on August 31, 2020, in response to COVID-19

Providing additional guidance for Empowering a Healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19

Sept. 15Providing additional guidance for Empowering a Healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19

Aug. 31Renewing the Public Health State of Emergency last renewed on July 31, 2020 in response to COVID-19

Providing additional guidance for Empowering a Healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19

Aug. 15 – Providing additional guidance for Empowering a Healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19

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Important COVID-19 resources and information

Where can I find relevant information?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Gov. Brian P. Kemp - Office of the Governor

Georgia Department of Public Health

The White House

• District 2 Public Health

Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security

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The city of Gainesville's response to COVID-19

Facilities opening their doors to the public from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday include the Gainesville Administrative Building, historic Gainesville City Hall and Gainesville Community & Economic Development building (all located off Henry Ward Way), plus the Gainesville Public Safety Complex (located off Queen City Parkway) and Gainesville-Hall County Community Service Center (Prior Street).

The Gainesville Water Resources Administration Building (whose drive-thru is open) remains closed.

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.

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