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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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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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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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