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Posted on: March 20, 2020

FRIDAY 3/20/20 OCONEE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19

REMEMBER THAT YOU’RE PART OF A BIGGER COMMUNITY

You may feel well and enjoy getting together with friends but remember that we are in the midst of a global pandemic. It is critical that our most vulnerable citizens are protected. We all have an obligation of personal responsibility to understand and abide by the recommendations that medical professionals are putting forward regarding social distancing, limiting groups to a maximum of 10 and staying home if you feel sick.

Parks:

Effective Immediately, all use of recreational fields and courts at Oconee Veterans Parks, Herman C. Michael Park, Bogart Sports Complex and Heritage Park, including soccer, softball, baseball, tennis courts, basketball courts, disc golf and playground is prohibited. Staff will be posting closure signs on the facilities. Park walking trails will remain open provided social distancing requirements are maintained. Additionally, patrons in parks are required to adhere to national recommendations of limiting groups to a maximum of 10 people and maintaining 6-feet of separation. All other pickup recreation games in park spaces are also prohibited. Failure to comply with these rules after staff enforcement may result in being banned from all Oconee County parks for a period of one year.

Restaurants and Businesses:

We want the community to continue to support local businesses but in a responsible manner. The Tourism and Visitors Bureau has developed an evolving list of restaurants offering drive-thru/pick-up/delivery options to limit social interactions. Please see the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/107016329327480/posts/3396839740345106/?d=n

This is a tough time for all but we encourage businesses to pivot some practices to ensure community health. Additionally, we will be waiving penalties on late Occupational Tax Certificates until May 1 and deferring payment of alcohol excise taxes until September 1.

Solid Waste Collection Sites/ Recycling Centers:

All Oconee County solid waste collection sites/recycling centers will operate on a limited schedule beginning Friday, March 20. The sites will be open for self-service on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In order to limit contact between sanitation personnel and the public, attendant assistance and Pay-As-You-Throw bag sales will be unavailable at these locations. You can still purchase PAYT bags at retail locations (grocery stores and convenience stores).

Please do not leave trash or other items outside the gate when the sites are closed. Also, make sure to dispose of your items in the proper bins. Please do not mix trash with the recycling!

In order to maintain enough storage space for everyone, we ask that you limit your use to disposal of normal household items only.

We are monitoring the situation, and hope to resume our regular schedule beginning Friday, April 3. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

We encourage all citizens to follow CDC and national taskforce recommendations on limiting groups to no more than 10 people, maintaining at least 6-feet of separation and utilize drive-through, pick-up or delivery options for food. Additionally, it is recommended that everyone stay at home where possible.

As situations change, we will continue to adjust, as the health of our community is our most important consideration. We encourage you to keep up to date with information on our website, which will be updated several times daily with new information.

The following direct links for common transactions may be helpful:

Pay water bill: https://www.oconeecounty.com/498/View-andor-Pay-your-Bill

Renew vehicle registration: https://eservices.drives.ga.gov/_/

Pay property taxes: https://oconeecountyga.governmentwindow.com/tax.html

Pay traffic ticket: https://www.ezcourtpay.com/Tix/Default.aspx

Sign up for CodeRED notifications: https://tinyurl.com/oconeega

In response to the emerging COVID-19 situation, the Water Resources Department is temporarily halting the disconnection of water service for non-payment.

As always, you may also email or call county staff with questions; departmental and staff contact information is available on our website.

For more information about Coronavirus, visit the Georgia Department of Public Health at https://dph.georgia.gov and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

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