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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is rapidly increasing in DeKalb and across Georgia. Protect yourself and others by wearing a mask when you go outside, practice social distancing, stay home when possible and wash or sanitize your hands often. Testing is available and encouraged. For testing locations go to www.dekalbcountyga.gov/coronavirus.

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Decatur City Buildings Remain Closed to Public Until Further Notice

In order to continue to protect the health and safety of our employees and community, City of Decatur office buildings will remain closed to the public until further notice.

Sanitation

Trash and recycling pickup remains curbside only during this time. Please call 404-377-5571 if you are unable to bring your trash to the curb.

Municipal Court

Municipal court sessions are canceled through mid-August. All court sessions have been rescheduled for at least 60-90 days out. Court staff will contact defendants via mail with new court dates. Defendants for court sessions related to the School Bus Crossing Arm will be contacted by American Traffic Solutions via mail with new hearing dates.  However, the ability to pay a citation online remains available in most cases.  Continue to check the city’s website for updated and on-going information regarding court operations. You may also contact the court at 678-553-6655.

Visitors Center

Decatur Visitors Center is closed until further notice.

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Ebster Recreation Center, Decatur Recreation Center, McKoy Skate Park, Legacy Park gym and Decatur pools (including Oakhurst Indoor pool) remain closed until further notice.

The City of Decatur is gathering information to determine if and how we can open the pools this summer and still provide a safe environment for swimmers and employees. We are looking at ways we may need to make adjustments such as the number of people in and around the pools and necessary cleaning procedures. At the same time, we are paying close attention to the rate of new infections as a result of the new guidelines around the revised Stay At Home Order before making a determination.

City of Decatur public parks (including dog parks) are open, however, all playgrounds remain closed until further notice. Adherence to the following guidelines is imperative to protect the safety and health of our community:

  • If you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, stay home, and avoid public parks and other public spaces.
  • Adhere to social distancing requirements and remain 6 feet away from others or you may be asked to leave the park.
  • Do not engage in contact sports or games, such as playground soccer, basketball, etc.
  • Bring hand sanitizer as bathrooms are closed.
  • Bring water as water fountains are temporarily unavailable.
  • Pavilions are open but large group gatherings are prohibited.

Tennis courts reopened Monday, June 15. You must call 404-377-7231 to make a reservation. Tennis Center hours are as follows:

Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Masks will be required to enter Glenlake Tennis Center.

Virtual activities are available through the Virtual Rec Center. Virtual classes for adults and youth will begin in July. Click here to access these activities.

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UPDATE: The monthly test has been cancelled. The next audible test of the system will take place on July 1st.

 

The June test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen today, June 3 at 5 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until tomorrow.

siren

If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the Siren page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

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The May test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen tomorrow, May 6th at 5 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, May 7th.

If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the Siren page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

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The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has advised of the potential for severe weather conditions throughout the day tomorrow (Thursday.) The highest severe risk is along and south of I-20.

Currently, the metro Atlanta area is at an Enhanced Risk (a 3 out of a 5 on the Storm Prediction Center’s scale) and two possible rounds of severe thunderstorms have been predicted to impact our area. The first round will occur Thursday morning though the early afternoon with round two coming in during the late afternoon and night hours. The main impacts include:

  • Tornadoes (Strong/long-track tornadoes possible)
  • Damaging Winds (could down trees/power lines)
  • Hail
  • Heavy Rain (localized flooding possible)

Here are ways you can get prepared now:

  • Keep updated on the latest weather by tuning in to your local weather channel and downloading a weather notification app so that it will notify you when a television or radio isn’t nearby.
  • Sign up for the City’s Smart911 notification system to receive emergency weather alerts should your property be included in a storm predicting polygon.
  • Determine a safe place to shelter in the event of a tornado. Look around your place for helmets, pillows, e.g. anything you can use to protect your head in the event of flying objects in high winds. As always, it’s good to be on the lowest floor of a house or structure since winds are less strong near the surface.
  • Charge your devices including smartphones, laptops, etc. now, and leave them charging.

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The Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren system will be tested and tuned up on Friday, April 17th. In order to do that, we have to turn them on one at a time. Between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. you may hear the siren nearest to you spin up, growl and then turn off. It won’t growl for long.

The testing and maintenance will be postponed if the weather becomes inclement.

If you are looking for additional details on the system, check out the siren information page on the City’s website.

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We want to make sure you don’t miss this important severe weather update from the DeKalb Emergency Management Agency:

This evening and into Monday there will be a Tornado and Severe Wind Threat for much of the Southeast US, including all of North and Central Georgia. Severe thunderstorm outbreaks are likely. This is likely to be a multiple round event, persisting Sunday night and into Monday morning. The main impacts include:

  • Tornadoes (Strong/long-track tornadoes possible)
  • Damaging Winds (could down trees/powerlines)
  • Hail
  • Heavy Rain (localized flooding possible)

Showers and thunderstorms will start to overspread Georgia later in the morning on Easter Sunday as a strong storm system traverses the southeastern U.S. This initial wave (morning & afternoon) is not expected to pose a severe weather threat. The much more significant weather will likely hold off until the evening before moving into Georgia. The atmosphere will be primed for a severe weather outbreak across the Southeast on Sunday.

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) continues to have much of Georgia in an Enhanced Risk (3 out of 5 on their scale) for severe weather for Sunday afternoon through Monday morning. SPC also continues to advertise a rare Moderate Risk for severe weather over much of Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday.

THE POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR THIS TO BE ONE OF THE MORE SIGNIFICANT SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAKS ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST OVER THE PAST DECADE.

Any strong to severe thunderstorms that move through Georgia on Sunday PM/Monday AM have the potential to produce damaging thunderstorm winds, large hail, and strong, potentially long-track tornadoes. With potentially 2-3 inches of rainfall over North Georgia on Sunday, flash flooding will also remain a possibility. The Weather Prediction Center continues to advertise a Moderate Risk (3 out of 4 on their scale) for excessive rainfall leading to flash flooding over far North Georgia on Sunday.

The main cold front will move through Georgia later in the morning on Monday, ending the threat for severe thunderstorms. The front will stall along the Southeast coast on Monday, keeping a chance for showers and thunderstorms in South Georgia through Tuesday and Wednesday. Otherwise, dry and cool weather will dominate over Georgia for all of this upcoming week and weekend.

Here are ways you can get prepared now:

  • Keep updated on the latest weather by tuning in to your local weather channel and downloading a weather notification app so that it will notify you while you’re sleeping as the strongest part of the storm will occur overnight and early morning.
  • Sign up for the City’s Smart911 notification system to receive emergency weather alerts should the city’s boundaries be included in a storm predicting polygon.
  • Determine a safe place to shelter in the event of a tornado. Look around your place for helmets, pillows, e.g. anything you can use to protect your head in the event of flying objects in high winds.
  • Have a plan for where you will sleep Sunday night. Overnight tornadoes are particularly dangerous because they catch people unaware and in upstairs bedrooms. As always, it’s good to be on the lowest floor of a house since winds are less strong near the surface.
  • Charge your devices, including smartphones, laptops, etc. now, and leave them charging.  Widespread power outages are expected across our region, and its high likely that this will be a 2-3 round severe weather event.

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Yesterday, Governor Kemp signed a statewide shelter-in-place order. The order goes into effect ‪at 6 p.m. today, Friday, April 3, 2020, and will expire ‪at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2020. This preempts previously issued orders by cities and counties.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development is authorized to issue guidance to any business, corporation, organization, or industry trade group regarding its status as Critical Infrastructure.

The full order and a shelter-in-place handout can be found on our website at decaturga.com/covid19.

Contacts:

The Office of the Governor, Brian Kemp Constituent Services: ‪404-656-1776
Georgia Department of Economic Development‪: 404-962-4000  For Hearing Impaired: 800-255-0056

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Stay at Home Graphic

Effective immediately, lawn maintenance services will be categorized as an Essential Business for the purpose of the current ‘Stay at Home’ order if they meet the following conditions:

  • No beautification services such as flower plantings
  • Social distancing is required at all times
  • Grass clippings may not be placed at the curb

For a full list of essential businesses, visit decaturga.com/covid19.  All businesses that remain open need to allow employees to travel to and from work safely, practice a six foot separation during work and have adequate access to hand-washing and personal protective equipment as necessary.

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