If you have questions about the novel Coronavirus, the State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline: 844.442.2681
If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms, or have been exposed to virus, call your primary care doctor, an urgent care facility or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or healthcare facility.
Gov Kemp's Executive Order Allowing Businesses to Reopen
On April 20, Governor Kemp issued an executive order allowing some businesses to resume services on April 24. You can view a handout explaining this order. An additional executive order allowing restaurants to reopen was issued on April 23.
- Gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, cosmetologists, hair designers, nail care artists, estheticians, their respective schools, and massage therapists can begin engaging in Minimum Basic Operations on Friday, April 24, 2020. This means these businesses can open to the public on a limited basis, subject to restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19. The State has published Safety Guidelines for reopening Barber and Cosmetology Salons.
- The current shelter-in-place order will expire at 11:59 P.M. on April 30, 2020. After that date, new rules will be promulgated by the Governor through Executive Order to continue to limit social interaction while providing flexibility for business owners to maintain the value of their business.
- Restaurants and dining rooms of private social clubs will be allowed to reopen on a limited basis on Monday, April 27, 2020, subject to new restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the executive order released Thursday, April 23, 2020.
- Theaters will also be permitted to engage in Minimum Basic Operations beginning Monday, April 27, 2020, subject to new restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the executive order released Thursday, April 23, 2020.
- Bars, nightclubs, amusement park ride operators, and live performance venues will remain closed through at least May 13, 2020 when the Public Health State of Emergency is set to expire.
If you have concerns about the safety practices being observed by businesses, please contact local or state law enforcement or call the State's COVID-19 Hotline: (844) 442-2681.
Gov. Kemp Provides Updates on COVID-19, April 13
Watch Governor Kemp’s full press conference and find key points from the April 13 Coronavirus Task Force briefing below.
- Governor Kemp signed an executive order today to suspend Georgia’s anti-mask law to fight coronavirus. Read the executive order.
- The Governor shared that the state public health department has expanded criteria for screening to include asymptomatic people who have had direct contact with coronavirus patients and workers in critical infrastructure.
- Governor Kemp announced the launch of the COVID-19 virtual screening offered by Augusta University Health System. Learn more about the screenings.
Georgia Governor Kemp's Executive Order, April 8
On April 8, Governor Kemp issued several executive orders mandating the following:
- The statewide shelter in place has been extended to April 30, 2020, and the Governor’s initial Public Health State of Emergency was extended through May 13, 2020.
- The majority of short-term vacation rentals will be suspended starting at midnight on Thursday, April 9, to prevent Georgia from becoming a "vacation destination" during the pandemic.
- Order signed that requires senior care facilities to take more steps to prevent the spread of the virus, including banning most visitors and requiring in-room dining services
- Additional Georgia National Guard troops called up to assist in the state’s response to COVID-19
If you observe a business violating this order, please go to:
Scroll down to the form and complete the required fields.
In the description, be sure to include the following:
- Business Name
- Telephone Number
- Specific details of the complaint
City of Social Circle State of Emergency Ordinance
On March 23, the City of Social Circle declared a state of emergency that included the following requirements:
- Dining, consumption of alcohol and entertainment in Bars and Restaurants, including outside and sidewalk seating, is prohibited. These businesses can sell food for delivery, pick-up, take-away and to go. Restaurants licensed to sell beer and wine may sell unopened containers of beer and wine with food orders during this period.
- Gyms and exercise centers are ordered to close.
- All other businesses and industries can continue to operate as long as they establish operating rules that follow CDC best practices; i.e. maintain six feet of separation between all persons at all times.
- Assemblies of more than 10 people are prohibited. This does not apply to employers with more than 10 employees as long as they follow the CDC guidelines, which include the physical separation.
If you observe a business violating this order, please call 9-1-1.
For everyone’s safety, all City facilities, including the drive-thru, are closed to the public. The City will provide essential services while minimizing the risk to the public.
- Email and phone calls are encouraged for City business. Please call City Hall for information (770) 464-2380.
- If you need help with code, zoning or permits, please call (770) 464-6905.
- City public works and public safety services are continuing as usual.
- Call the Police Department for any police business (770) 464-2366.
- Call the Welcome Center at (770) 464-1866.
- Call the Court Clerk about the status of your case if you are scheduled for court on 3/18 or 4/15 and have not received a letter. (770) 464-6904.
- You can pay your utility bill via the drop-box, online or by phone.
- For new Utility Service, call City Hall (770-464-2380) or email rrobertson@SocialCircleGA.com.
- Household bulk item service is discontinued at this time. Please do not put extra garbage bags outside of the cart. Normal bulk item service will resume when the CDC lowers the risk factors.
- Social Circle Transit service has been suspended.
- If you need to go somewhere and have no other way to get there, please call (770) 464-2953.
- The Senior Center is closed at this time.
- The March 24 election was originally moved to May 19, the date of Georgia’s other primary elections. The May 19 election has since been delayed until June 9. This does include our local election for the District 3 City Council position. All early votes that were cast for the March 24 election will be counted for the June 9 election.
- The City Council Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 21 will be held via teleconference and will be live streamed. You will be able to watch the live stream on our web site and Facebook.
- The Tree Board meeting scheduled for April 23, has been canceled.
- The Planning and Corridor Commission meeting scheduled for April 28 will be held.
- If you were scheduled for a court date for March 18 or April 15, you should have receive a letter about the status of your case. Many cases are rescheduled to May and June. Please call the Court Clerk at 770-464-6904 if you have questions or have not receive a letter.
Even though we are temporarily closed due to health and safety concerns associated with COVID-19, the W.H. Stanton Memorial Library team is still hard at work ensuring that our community stays well informed and connected during this difficult time. We'd like to remind patrons that anyone with a PINES library card has access to a vast offering of online resources such as digital magazines, eBooks, and audiobooks through RBDigital, databases such as Mango Languages, Learning Express, and Ancestry through GALILEO, and eBooks for children and young adults via eRead Kids and Sebco Books. For access, visit our website at www.azalealibraries.org/stanton.htm and follow the links to explore these amazing resources. Library Manager, Amy Hicks, has also been connecting with the community by offering live Facebook story times every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 am. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates and library news, fun craft ideas, and entertaining story times! We would like to thank our loyal patrons and the entire community for your continued support and understanding as we strive to make the best of this current situation. We remain hopeful that the library will be able to safely reopen to the public soon. Don't forget to complete the 2020 Census form, which is available online at https://my2020census.gov/. Everyone counts!
Walton County Updates - https://www.waltoncountyga.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?sort=date
Georgia DPH Updates - https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus
CDC Updates – http://coronavirus.gov
FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control - https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control
CDC Tips to keep children healthy while school’s out - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/children.html
Walton County Chamber of Commerce SBA Paycheck Protection Program Information - https://www.waltonchamber.org/Walton-Strong