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The Decatur City Commission encourages the community to complete the 2020 Census. As of Saturday, May 16, the Decatur response rate was 68.7%. Help us reach our goal of a 90% response rate.

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The Legacy Park trails in the green space at 500 S. Columbia Drive will be closed for maintenance on Wednesday, May 20. Thank you for your patience as we make the trails safer for users!

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Focus Call for Class of 2020 SquareAcknowledge and celebrate your graduate in the Decatur Focus. Send a photo and a message (up to 50 words) to decaturfocus@decaturga.com by 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 13 to be included in the June Focus.

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The City of Decatur, the Decatur Development Authorities (DDA), and Legacy Decatur have announced the creation of a small business loan program in response to the financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of $500,000 is being made available as part of this initiative, with $400,000 coming from the City of Decatur and $100,000 pledged by the DDA, with additional charitable contributions through efforts of Legacy Decatur, a 501(c)(3).

To contribute towards the fund, click here. Donate $100 or more and Legacy Decatur will place a yard sign at your address.

If you are a small business owner in the City of Decatur and wish to apply for the loan, visit the Resources for Decatur Businesses website. The application is thru an online portal that will be available 8am on May 5 thru 5pm on May 15, 2020.

If you have questions, please contact Angela Threadgill, Executive Director of the Decatur Development Authorities at angela.threadgill@decaturga.com.

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-Chabad of Decatur, in partnership with local establishments, will distribute masks free of charge this Thursday, May 7 from 11 a.m. until supplies run out. This event is drive-thru only and will be held at 315 W Ponce de Leon (east parking lot). Visit Chabad Decatur on Facebook for updates and more information.

-Don’t miss the upcoming Oakhurst Virtual Porchfest Concerts for an opportunity to support the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. Beth & Sy is performing this Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. and Banjii will be performing this Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m. All concerts are streaming on Facebook, head to the Oakhurst Jazz Nights page for more info and upcoming concerts.

-The Decatur Lantern Parade-in-Place is this weekend beginning Friday, May 8 at 9 p.m. through Sunday, May 10. Parade-in-place with your lantern creations on your porch, in your yard, on your balcony, or in your windows. Need a little help getting ready? Lantern kits are available at Kelly’s Market. Visit decaturartsalliance.org for more info.

-Core Dance has transformed their studio windows into projection screens! Enjoy clips from their most recent work on an evening stroll.

-Staff from Agnes Scott College recently reached out directly to essential personnel and first responders to say, “Thank you,” and to leave a sign of gratitude behind. Agnes Scott has placed additional signs at its green space at the intersection of E. College Ave. and S. McDonough. These signs are free and available for members of the community to pick up to show their support. Be sure to walk or drive by, grab your sign and show your support for our essential personnel, first responders, teachers and parents!

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The City of Decatur has decided to cancel all planned summer camps for this summer. This includes Legacy Park Day Camp, all E Camps, sports camps, tennis, and swim camps offered by the City of Decatur’s Children and Youth Services and Active Living divisions.

We will be processing refunds for all enrolled campers in the coming weeks (this is a laborious process so please be patient with us as we work through all our camp registrations).

This decision was made primarily due to the current public health environment in our state and in DeKalb County. We reviewed guidance for child care programs, schools and camps from the CDC regarding safe conditions for programs to operate. The most important factor is that our community needs to be in Phase 2 of the COVID-19 pandemic wherein we are seeing a reduction in cases over the previous 14 days, availability of testing is widespread, and contact tracing is robust and accessible in the area.

Our first priority is the health and safety of our children, families and employees. With that in mind we will not operate programs until we see evidence that our community has solidly entered Phase 2 and we are equipped to be able to mitigate the risks of spreading COVID-19 within our programs (temperature checks, personal protective equipment for all employees, etc).

If conditions improve and the Phase 2 status is achieved in our area, we may offer some daily All Day Camps in July. In the event we are able to offer those programs, we will send you an email notification so you can enroll on a per-day as-needed basis.

We plan to be back in Summer 2021 with exciting camp offerings – mark your calendar for registration the first Saturday in January 2021.

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In order to maintain the safety of our community, the spring Paper Shredding and Styrofoam recycling event scheduled for Saturday, May 9 has been cancelled. A new date has yet to be determined. Visit decaturga.com/publicworks for updates.

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The City of Decatur, the Decatur Development Authorities (DDA), and Legacy Decatur have announced the creation of a small business loan program in response to the financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of $500,000 is being made available as part of this initiative, with $400,000 coming from the City of Decatur and $100,000 pledged by the DDA. The public will be able to contribute to the program by making a tax-deductible donation through Legacy Decatur.

The no-interest loans are for a period of four years with repayment beginning 12 months after the state of emergency order is lifted. The repayment plan can be for a period of up to three years following that date, and they can be repaid without a prepayment penalty. Any small business in Decatur employing between two and 30 full-time or full-time equivalent employees is eligible, so long as they were open and operational as of March 1, 2020. Depending on various factors in the application process, including the number full-time employees, eligible businesses will be considered for a loan of up to $25,000.

The loans are being administered by the DDA, and businesses interested in applying are encouraged to visit Decatur’s business resources webpage for updates and for the loan guide. The online portal to submit an application will open at 8:00 a.m. on May 5, 2020, and the deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. on May 15, 2020. In the event that the loan fund is over-subscribed, a lottery method will be used to select which businesses from the group of qualified applicants will receive the loan. Loan distributions are expected by the end of May.

The DDA has also created an interactive webpage detailing which local businesses are remaining open during the COVID-19 pandemic and their updated operating hours, which can be accessed through DecaturGA.com.

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Although the Governor’s shelter-in-place order expired at midnight on April 30, there are preventive measures that continue to be required and necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19.⁣

Individuals, businesses, governments and other institutions need to continue to rely on guidance from the CDC (www.cdc.gov) and public health professionals as we consider next steps in our measured and gradual reopening efforts. Mayor Patti Garrett “urges residents to continue staying at home except for essentials. DeKalb County has the second highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and staying home is the most effective measure we have to prevent the spread and save lives. City of Decatur facilities remain closed to the public.”⁣

Safe social reopening of our communities is dependent upon our compliance with this guidance as well as the availability of widespread testing and contact tracing protocols. Even after the testing and contact tracing are in place, we must continue to protect ourselves and our neighbors to keep our community safe. Let’s remain vigilant in our fight against COVID-19.

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#StayHomeDecatur and enjoy these virtual activities:

-Meet the Decatur Business Association on their Facebook page for The Decatur DeCanTour this evening, April 30 at 5 p.m. This virtual stroll and happy hour will feature Kevin from White Bull talking through how to make his popular Hemingway cocktail on LIVE for you all to follow along and more. For ingredients and additional info, head to the DBA Facebook.

-Don’t miss the upcoming Oakhurst Online Concerts for an opportunity to support the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. Tito Gato is performing tonight, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. and Glen Keith DeMeritt III will be performing tomorrow, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. All concerts are streaming on Facebook, head to the Oakhurst Jazz Nights page for more info and upcoming concerts.

-Decatur Active Living wants to stay connected and help our community stay active and have fun during this tough time. Take advantage of the Virtual Recreation Center by visiting decaturga.com/virtualrec for a variety of fun activities and exercises for indoors and outdoors, resources for seniors and educational resources for all ages.

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