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

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.

Most recently, Kemp and Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey called on Georgians to implement "Four Things for Four Weeks" into their daily routines to flatten the curve and slow the spread of 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. Thursday, Sept. 10.

Kemp's latest executive orders can be found below:

July 31 – Renewing the Public Health State of Emergency last renewed on June 29, 2020 in response to COVID-19

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

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

June 29 – Renewing the Public Health State of Emergency last renewed on May 28, 2020, in response to COVID-19

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

June 11 – Providing additional guidance and empowering a healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19

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

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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

The Gainesville Administrative Building, Historic City Hall, Public Safety Complex, Community and Economic Development building, and Parks & Recreation administrative office are open to the public from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Frances Meadows Aquatic & Community Center (indoor only) and Gainesville Civic Center also reopened to the public June 15.

Buildings belonging to the Gainesville-Hall County Community Service Center and Gainesville Water Resources (whose drive-thru remains open) remain closed.

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.

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: 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 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

  • Gainesville-Hall County Senior Life Center: closed until further notice;
  • Gainesville Parks and Recreation, many of the facilities, rentals and events will be modified for social distancing guidelines, please see https://www.gainesville.org/reopening for important "Know Before You Go" information:
    • GPRA administrative offices are now open, registration open for programs, including day camps;
    • Registration for Youth Football, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Rookie Golf and Sports Camps and Adult Softball Leagues are open. https://www.gainesville.org/online-registration.
    • Frances Meadows Aquatic & Community Center (indoor only) reopened June 15;
    • Rentals of Gainesville Civic Center, Martha Hope Cabin and Fair Street Neighborhood Center resumed June 15;
    • Splash Zone at Frances Meadows opened; Lanier Point Athletic Complex Rentals resumed June 27;
    • Modified Summer Camp began June 29;
    • Parks are open to the public, but social distancing is encouraged.

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