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Dawsonville lays out plans for reopening city with COVID-19 precautions
City hall

In mid-May, the City of Dawsonville will begin returning to normal service after months of public closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reopening some city functions to the public with added safety procedures.

At a meeting of the Dawsonville City Council held Monday, City Manager Bob Bolz shared with council members that given no new statewide restrictions by Gov. Brian Kemp, city hall would be reopened in a limed capacity on May 19.

According to Bolz, city hall will reopen with floor markings to enforce social distancing requirements, limited building capacity, bathrooms closures, and requirements for city staff to wear Personal Protective Equipment during any face to face interactions with the public.

Visitors to city hall would be encouraged to wear PPE while in the building, Bolz said, and city customers would be encouraged to continue making payments online.

The city’s planning and zoning department would remain open by appointment only and appointments will be held in COVID-19 safe conditions, Bolz said,

“So basically [we plan] to continue what we’ve been doing, just allowing people on a limited-term back into city hall," he said. "And then when we get on into June, if the June deadline isn’t extended, we look at opening up a little bit more.”

Dawsonville Mayor Mike Eason said that the city council will resume in-person meetings on June 1.

“We have a public hearing that day so it’s going to be important that we open it up for people to come and work with us,” Eason said.