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Posted on: May 8, 2020

Oconee County Courthouse and Annex to Re-open in Limited Capacity Beginning May 14

Social distancing requirements will be in effect

Oconee County Government offices in the Oconee County Courthouse and Government Annex will re-open to the public in a limited capacity on Thursday, May 14. In order to maintain a safe environment that will limit the potential for transmission of COVID-19 for both visitors and employees, the following measures will be taken:

  • Visitors with a fever will not be allowed to enter the courthouse or annex
  • A limited number of people will be allowed in the courthouse and annex at a time; tape markers will be affixed at various places indicating where people may wait
  • Six feet of separation between individuals will be required inside buildings
  • Frontline county employees will wear masks
  • Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear masks
  • Everyone is strongly encouraged to utilize online, email, and phone options to do business with the county
  • The Board of Elections Office remains closed to the public at this time; a dropbox has been placed in front of the office to drop off ballots

Visitors to the courthouse and annex are advised to call ahead to the department or office they will be visiting as some services may require appointments and service hours and procedures may have changed for some offices. Department phone numbers may be found online here: https://www.oconeecounty.com/DocumentCenter/View/4121/Department--Phone-Numbers?bidId.

Tax Commissioner’s Office

The Tax Commissioner’s Office will open on May 14 with limited access - longer wait times are anticipated. For the protection of visitors and staff, the following additional protocols will be in place:

  • Only the person(s) conducting business should enter the building - please plan accordingly.
  • In-person customer service hours will be approximately as follows:
    • Morning 8:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.
    • Afternoon 2:45 p.m. until 4:15 p.m.
    • Closed daily for lunch from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • If you are processing tag renewals only, please consider using the drop box, renewing online, or mailing your renewal. Once processed, your decals will be mailed to you. Please include a phone number with your renewal.
  • The Tax Commissioner’s Office is also able to process handicap placards by drop box and mail

Oconee County Parks & Recreations (OCPRD) - Phased Reopening of County Park Facilities

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, OCPRD walking paths/trails and dog park have remained open for citizens complying with social distancing guidelines. Park facilities that were closed include the community center, soccer/softball/baseball fields, basketball/tennis/volleyball courts, and disc golf course.

Oconee County Parks and Recreation will begin a phased in approach in re-opening park facilities with the first phase beginning Thursday, May 14. The county will continue monitoring health guidelines and park usage to determine implementation of the second phase of reopening.

All park patrons must comply with social distancing requirements, max gathering limits, and other COVID-19 best practices.

Phase I – May 14

  • Walking paths, trails, and dog park will remain open
  • All indoor park facilities, including gymnasiums, fitness center, indoor track, restrooms, and meeting rooms will remain closed
  • Playgrounds will remain closed to the public
  • Outdoor athletic facilities will be open for recreational use; however, no organized activity or instruction will be permitted
  • HCM Disc Golf course will reopen
  • Outdoor picnic pavilion use will be allowed in accordance with guidelines
  • Outdoor park facilities will be open daily until sunset
  • No rentals, events, or programs for groups of 10 or more will be allowed
  • Social distancing requirements must be met and no gatherings of 10 or more will be allowed

All Parks & Recreation re-opening plans and dates are subject to change pending patron compliance and any new established guidelines.

For more information and updates about Oconee County Government, visit www.oconeecounty.com.