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Posted on: May 13, 2020

Enhanced Safety Protocols in Effect at Oconee County Courthouse and Annex for May 14 Re-opening

Temperature checks required, masks encouraged

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:

  • Buildings will open to the public at 8:30 a.m. daily
  • All Courthouse visitors will be scanned with a thermometer and will not be allowed entry if they have a fever
  • All visitors are strongly urged to wear masks
  • A limited number of visitors to the Tax Commissioner’s Office and the Office of the Clerk of Courts will be allowed at one time; individuals may be required to wait outside until room is available
  • Staff members will provide directions to visitors before they enter the courthouse
  • Six feet of separation between individuals will be required inside buildings with several areas taped to indicate appropriate standing locations
  • Expect delays in entering the buildings due to these enhanced safety protocols
  • We request your patience as we work to protect the public and staff
  • We strongly suggest continuing to conduct all county business online or by mail or telephone

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, and longer wait times are anticipated. For the protections 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 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 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.
    • For service before lunch time, please arrive before 12:30
  • 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

Board of Elections

The Board of Elections office remains closed to the public until Monday, May 18. A dropbox has been placed in front of the Elections office to drop off absentee ballots.

Water Resources

The Oconee County Water Resources office will re-open to the public on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

  • Customers are encouraged to continue to use the dropbox provided at the front of the annex building (checked several times per day) or any of the other methods of remote payment when possible
  • Customers who choose to pay in person will form a line in the building foyer; only one customer at a time may enter the office for payments

Residential Service Applications and Final Service Forms
The Water Resources Department continues to offer these services online. Applications and Final Service forms are available at https://www.oconeecounty.com/492/Forms. Once the form is completed and submitted, the customer will receive two emails. The first email is a confirmation that the application submitted successfully. The second email is from the CSR staff with further instructions. For customers who choose to fill out applications and final service forms at our office, there is a table set up in our lobby.

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 reopening 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.