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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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COD Prevention Puzzle

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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Virtually In Decatur 2

#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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Growing evidence suggests COVID-19 can spread before people show symptoms (pre-symptomatic) and from people who have coronavirus but never show symptoms (asymptomatic).

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2 or others unable to remove the mask without assistance.

A CLOTH FACE COVERING SHOULD:

1) Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face

2) Be secured with ties or ear loops

3) Include multiple layers of fabric

4) Allow for breathing without restriction

5) Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Q&As:

Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly? Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.

How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering? A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.

How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering? Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.CDC thumbnail_Facecovering

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Virtually In Decatur 1

Check out these events #viturally in #DecaturGA:

-Core Dance encourages everyone to participate in the 4th Annual National Water Dance on Saturday, April 18 live on their Facebook at 4 p.m. Join the Core Dance community today, April 16 for virtual rehearsal at 4 p.m. Visit coredance.org to register!

-In trying to support the community, Oakhurst Neighborhood Association (ONA) has teamed up with Porchfest and Oakhurst Jazz Nights to stream live concerts every Thursday in April. All concerts are streaming on Facebook, head to the Oakhurst Jazz Nights page tonight, April 16 at 7 p.m. for a performance by Gwen Hughes.

-Join Decatur First UMC and the United Methodist Women for their online series of People on the Margins: Life in Fenceline Communities every Thursday in April at 7p.m. via Zoom. This Thursday, April 16 will feature Lindsay Harper from Georgia WAND on fenceline grassroots advocacy. Visit www.decaturfirst.org for more information.

Cover Photo by Simon Gentry for Core Dance

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Now is a good time to register and/or update your profile. Decatur implemented the national safety database Smart911 to improve 911 services for residents and business owners. Smart911 allows residents to create a safety profile of vital personal and household data, including household members, photos, medications or medical conditions and even pets, which will be displayed to 911 call takers immediately when a resident places an emergency call.

Currently, Smart911 Profile and Alert registrants will be asked two additional questions regarding their quarantine and health status. This information will be presented to 9-1-1 call-takers with an inbound call and public health/emergency management officials will be able to actively query and notify individuals in their community who are at risk or under quarantine.

Smart911 is a free service available to all residents and business owners and is private and secure. Safety profiles can be created through the Smart911 website.

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On Thursday, March 19, City of Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett issued a Public Health Emergency Order that prohibits on-premises dining at restaurants; allows take-out and delivery services between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily; and allows restaurants with a current alcoholic beverage license to sell beverages for off-premises consumption in sealed containers; and prohibits gatherings of more than 50 persons.

Several City of Decatur restaurants have already voluntarily transitioned to a take-out and/or delivery model, closing their in-person dining facilities in order to reduce community transmission of the COVID-19 virus in response to CDC guidelines.

At the March 16, 2020 meeting, the City Commission passed a Resolution declaring a Public Health State of Emergency in the City of Decatur which grants the Mayor certain powers to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the City. In introducing the Resolution Mayor Patti Garrett noted that while there has been a State of Emergency declared at both the state and the national level, an emergency declaration by the City ensures that the city is able to work at the local level in a very quick and expedient manner if necessary.

Residents are encouraged to continue to support our local businesses, including taking advantage of pick-up and delivery services.

Visit the City’s website to view the Order.

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DC Green Street Sewer for Post

DeKalb County’s Green Street Sewer Replacement project is scheduled to begin later this month. The project includes installation of new sewer pipes on Green Street and nearby within the Oakhurst community. No street closures are currently planned but vehicle travel may experience periodic disruptions. The work is expected to take about 6 months, depending on the weather. For updates on this project and others, visit decaturmakeover.com.

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Get an up-close-and-personal look at the city’s budgeting process at the free Touch-A-Budget event on Tuesday, March 17 from 5-7 p.m. at MARTA Plaza. See what “pending spending” is planned for the FY 2020-2021 city budget and how it supports the 2010 Strategic Plan principles developed by Decatur residents. Talk to representatives from all city departments and play budget games for prizes. For information, check decaturga.com/budget. (Rain location: Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St.)

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Strategic Plan Kick-off Recap

Were you among the over 600 neighbors who attended last week’s launch of the Strategic Plan? If not, there’s still time to join the Roundtable process. Register before this Friday at decatur2030.com!

And check out the kick-off recap at decatur2030.com/let-the-conversation-begin-huge-turnout-for-roundtables-opener/.

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