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We’re in this together, masking up makes a difference.

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Labor Day weekend is here but you don’t have to miss out if you #MaskUpDecatur! Let’s do our part to get #GetGeorgiaWell.

Photo Credit: Get Georgia Well

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When you’re in public, wear a mask that covers your nose AND mouth to help protect others and slow the spread of COVID-19. Learn how to wear your mask correctly. https://bit.ly/2XdSp61.

Info via the Centers of Disease Control

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While times are still uncertain, Mayor Patti Garrett provides community updates on current City services and how we can work together to effectively flatten our curve.

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The City of Decatur is the seat of DeKalb County, where infection and deaths from COVID-19 continue to increase. In an effort to reduce the community spread of COVID-19, we hope to achieve the comprehensive use of masks and facial coverings through voluntary compliance. The Decatur City Commission encourages you to #MaskUpDecatur.

Except for limited exceptions, all persons entering a business, a store or a non-profit that provides goods or services must wear a mask or facial covering while inside the establishment. All such establishments must require their employees to wear a mask or facial covering at all times while having face-to-face interaction with the public.

Consistent with other cities’ approach, the Decatur ordinance does not require the wearing of masks or facial coverings in all outdoor public places. However, all are strongly encouraged to wear a mask in outdoor environments throughout the City where adequate social distancing cannot be maintained (i.e., at least six feet away from others not in the same household). #StaySafeDecatur

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The Decatur City Commission has unanimously approved a local ordinance requiring individuals to wear masks and protective coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ordinance O-20-09 was adopted during a special called meeting on Friday morning, July 10, 2020. The ordinance is effective starting at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, and will remain in place until midnight on August 17, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, or amended by the City Commission.

The purpose of the ordinance is to help prevent infection by reducing the community spread of COVID-19, a highly contagious and dangerous disease.

The City hopes to achieve the comprehensive use of masks and facial coverings through voluntary compliance. Complimentary masks will be provided to individuals who need them, along with an explanation of the critical need for masks to be worn during the pandemic. Verbal and written warnings will be given as necessary. However, there are civil penalties provided for in the ordinance, starting at limits of $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second offense and $100 for the third and successive offenses.

Visit decaturga.com/covid19 to view the ordinance in its entirety. #StaySafeDecatur

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The City Commission will hold a Special Called Meeting this Friday, July 10 at 9 a.m. Please note that due to the Public Health State of Emergency this meeting will be held remotely.

There will not be a physical location for members of the public to attend. We encourage members of the public to access the meeting in one of two ways:

  1. View the live broadcast of the Decatur City Commission meeting at https://www.decaturga.com/citycommission/page/streaming-video
  2. Register in advance to participate through Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/95567743756. Access instructions will be provided in advance of the meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You may also participate by phone by calling (929) 205-6099 and entering the meeting ID (The 11-digit number shown in the Zoom registration link.)

If you are unable to participate in the virtual meeting, you may email your “public comments” on agenda items by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 to: Andrea Arnold, City Manager, andrea.arnold@decaturga.com.

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In order to continue to protect the health and safety of our community, please be advised that the July 4 fireworks are cancelled this year.

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Happening In Decatur 1

-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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Decatur MARTA Mural Playscape

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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