County offices mostly closed to the public through March 27

County offices mostly closed to the public through March 27

Fayette County is following the statewide trend and limiting access to government buildings during the COVID-19 outbreaks. 

The County Board of Commissioners held a special called meeting Monday morning to approve closing county offices to the public starting Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. Additionally, commissioners gave County Administrator Steve Rapson the authority to make all decisions during the closure, rather than the standard requirement for more specially-called meetings to lodge official votes.

“Fayette County staff would report to work and would continue to conduct business as usual to ensure county services remain operational,” said Rapson in his letter to the commissioners laying out his recommendation. “While closed, Fayette County will continue to limit social interaction among departments and other facilities.”

The regularly-scheduled March 26 Board of Commissioners meeting was also cancelled. 

Residents are asked to direct questions to county staff via phone, e-mail, or the website to keep exposure to a minimum. Contact information for staff is available on the website, fayettecountyga.gov. 

The public closure is designed to limit social contact.

“My recommendation to close county offices for next week is primarily precautionary. As always, the safety of our residents, staff and families remains our top priority.”

Last week, the county announced the suspension of senior and Special Olympics/therapeutic programs and activities. Rapson noted that the moves was a precaution for those most susceptible to the virus and not related to any specific threat. 

The Health Department will remain open to the public.

The tag office will remain open with a limited staff, as many of their functions cannot be delayed. 

Peachtree City goes online to battle virus

In a letter to residents Thursday night, City Manager Jon Rorie outlined the city’s efforts in dealing with coronavirus.

“The city of Peachtree City is closely monitoring the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and is in contact with officials at Fayette County and the Georgia Department of Public Health, who will provide the guidance needed as this pandemic evolves.

“Out of an overabundance of caution, we will modify our operations as directed to mitigate the spread of the virus, which could mean office closures and performing only the required tasks to remain operational. Our Public Safety departments will continue to provide services.

“We will continue to conduct business as usual, but we are asking that our residents contact us via phone, e-mail, or our website to keep any exposure to a minimum. Contact information for staff is available on the website, www.peachtree-city.org, then navigate under the ‘Government’ tab to the desired department where e-mail addresses for key personnel in each department are listed. 

“To help mitigate the spread of the virus, we encourage everyone to follow the guidelines established by the Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control.”

For more information, go the homepage at www.peachtree-city.org, and click as directed on the COVID-19 banner at the top of the page to get to the Fayette County webpage that contains relevant information and links on the coronavirus and the precautions that should be taken.

Fayetteville closes down public buildings

In the interest of public health and safety, and due to an abundance of caution in the face of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Fayetteville City Hall and all City of Fayetteville buildings are temporarily closed to the public.

Public Safety services will operate as normal. If you experience an emergency, dial 911.

Visit the City of Fayetteville website at www.Fayetteville-GA.gov for up-to-date information and to access online City services. Visit www.Fayetteville-GA.gov/Transactions for details on how to access City services and manage your accounts. The City of Fayetteville will also post updates on Facebook and Nextdoor, as well as through the E-Mail Updates system.

The city of Fayetteville continues to monitor the current Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and to maintain communications with the Fayette County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), and the United States Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

For more information on COVID-19, visit the Georgia Department of Public Health website, www.dph.georgia.gov, and the U. S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website, www.CDC.gov.