Executive Order 2 - Issued by Mayor Norton on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Signed Executive Order pdf file / News Post of Message with Executive Order 2
Mayor Norton Issues Message to Citizens / Executive Order and Declaration of Emergency (Fri., March 20, 2020 - effective at 8:00 p.m.)
Status: City Buildings Closed to Public Access / Operational / Public Safety and Public Works Operational with Curbside Sanitation Scheduling Normal
While practicing COVID-19 mitigation measures which includes Social Distancing at all times, each of us has a responsibility to think differently about our daily activities and to make sure that we follow all health precautions and directions of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html. This means that we all limit our exposure to each other and that we not gather in groups or participate in activities that may expose ourselves or others to infection. Your City government is in operation and conducting business on your behalf, however, access to public buildings is, at present, temporarily unavailable, effective Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice.
Public Safety and Public Works (curbside sanitation/recycling included) remain operational. We will continue to provide updates on City services as warranted and as needed.
City of Smyrna public buildings are closed temporarily, though staff will continue City operations. These facilities include City Hall (drive-through window available for water services and taxes and building will open for public meetings), Smyrna Public Library, Recycling Center, Community Center (and all programs), Brawner Hall, Wolfe Center, along with rental facilities – including Reed House, Taylor-Brawner House, and Aunt Fanny’s Cabin (adjacent to the Museum), and the Museum (already closed for repairs).
Information and Resources for Citizens & Business
Restaurants Open for Takeout or Delivery (posted 3-19-20 - subject to change / link will take you to an app)
The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline: 1-844-442-2681. Georgians with questions or concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus) may call this hotline.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is focused on serving the business community and consumers throughout the pandemic.
- Consumer information: BBB.org/coronavirus
- Business information: BBB.org/coronavirus-business
- BBB’s Resource Page for Georgia: bbb.org/article/news-releases/21882-coronavirus-covid-19-resources-for-georgia
- Report a Scam: BBB.org/scamtracker/
- To report Price Gouging: BBB.org/adtruth
As we compile information for you, additional pages and content will go live in this special section of the City website. Please also look for information on the following City of Smyrna social media accounts (of these, Facebook is highly recommend as we will have members of the community working with us to help answer questions and guide you) as well as the News section on the Main page of this website:
Special Note: Due to the impacts of COVID-19 on the Smyrna community, our residents and our businesses, the City of Smyrna will not be disconnecting water services for non-payment for the next 60 days. The health of our community comes first and having access to water is essential in the prevention and the further spread of COVID-19. In addition, the City will not apply late fees to the unpaid balances for the next 60 days to help ease the financial strain these times present.
FEMA Establishes Website for Businesses - March 25, 2020, FEMA launched a website for businesses seeking to donate COVID-related supplies to the government or to produce them. The website www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help provides individuals and businesses a contact clearinghouse for opportunities to produce medical and other supplies or to donate these items.
Education Department Halts Collections - the Department of Education has announced that it will temporarily suspend collections activities and wage garnishments on individuals with defaulted federal student loans. The Department will also refund approximately $1.8 billion in garnishments collected since the President’s March 13 emergency declaration. Third-party debt collections entities were also notified to refrain from any activities related to defaulted loans.