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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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Beginning Monday, May 4, the collection of yard waste will resume. The health and protection of our employees and community are our top priority. We want to make sure they can do their job safely and return home to their families safely. Conserving our resources now will help ensure that we have the capacity to pick up everybody’s garbage and recycling in the future. Check our website often for any updates at decaturga.com/yard-waste.

Yard Waste Collection Requirements

· Yard trimmings must be placed into single-use yard waste bags or a container no larger than 32- gallons.

· Bundles of sticks, hedge clippings, and small brush must be securely tied and not exceed 4 feet in length or 50 pounds.

Given the highly dynamic response to this pandemic, we will continue to monitor the ongoing situation very closely and adjust our services as circumstances dictate.

Please stay safe and thanks for your understanding and patience during this difficult time.

General Information:

Sanitation Requirements

· Set Out Time. All garbage, trash, recyclables, yard trimmings, furniture and appliances for collection must be ready for collection by 7:30 a.m. on collection day. (See code section 82-34 (e) in the City of Decatur Code of Ordinances.) Arrival times will vary due to many conditions, but no collector will arrive before 7:30 a.m.

· Containers on the Curb. Refuse and recycling containers may be not placed at the curb before 5 p.m. the day before collection and must be removed from the curb by midnight on collection day. (See code section 82-34 (f) in the City of Decatur Code of Ordinances.)

· For more information regarding sanitation requirements, see code Section 82-43 in the City of Decatur Code of Ordinances.

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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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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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For Parents of rising 2020-21 Kindergarteners, you can find various Afterschool options for Kindergarteners for the 2020-21 school year on the www.csdecatur.net website under Families > Resources > After School and Camps.

The City of Decatur offers the Animal Crackers program at all K-2nd schools. Enrollment for incoming Kindergarteners is done through a lottery process which opened February 18 and closes April 17, 2020 at 6 pm. The lottery spin will be run April 24, 2020. Full details on how to register for the Afterschool lottery are posted on the City of Decatur website at www.decaturga.com/cys on the Afterschool Lottery 2020-21 tab. Contact Children and Youth Services for more information at cys@decaturga.com or 404-378-1082.

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