The Dawsonville City Hall will be closed to the public from now until Jan. 4 due to COVID-19 concerns, city officials announced on Tuesday.
City Manager Bob Bolz said that the decision to close city hall came after the recent uptick in positive COVID-19 cases and will allow a thorough cleaning and sanitization of the building.
“With the COVID numbers back on the rise we decided to play it safe, so we’re gonna close for the rest of this week and then the next two weeks which are short weeks with the holidays anyways,” Bolz said. “We disinfect periodically anyways but we’ll do a really good disinfection which is easier to do when the public isn’t coming in and out.”
Bolz said that while the building will be closed to the public, there will still be staff there to help citizens with questions or issues. For those who can’t get their questions resolved remotely, there will still be an option to make an appointment to come in in person.
“We still have people to answer the telephone and we have the drop box outside if people want to drop their payments,” Bolz said. “And if we can’t help someone get things done by the phone or electronically and we need to make an appointment we’ll do that.”
If a citizen does need to make an appointment, a face mask will be requested.
According to Bolz, the plan is to reopen city hall on Monday, Jan. 4 as long as there is no further rise in cases.
Citizens that have questions or need assistance can call city hall at (706) 265-3256.
“If anyone has any questions I encourage them to give us a call,” Bolz said. “We want to help anybody any way we can, but we want to keep everyone safe as well.”