Columbia County, Grovetown extend office closures, while events altered amid outbreak

Friday, March 27, 2020

EVANS, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Columbia County Board of Commissioners and Grovetown City Council have both decided to extend closures of their facilities due to the coronavirus pandemic.

COLUMBIA COUNTY

Columbia County officials decided to extend the closures of all county offices, parks and facilities to the public through April 6.

All public safety personnel, including the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Services, will continue to operate under normal guidelines. Public transit will continue to deliver meals to those who are already enrolled in this service as well as provide essential and medical trips.

GROVETOWN

On Friday, the Grovetown City Council held a special meeting by teleconference, where officials decided to extend the closure of all city buildings and facilities through April 12.

There will be no change to our first responder operations.

Also unchanged will be water and sewer service, although there will be temporary changes to utility billing and fees. The city will not perform service cut-offs for nonpayment through April 2020 and will not assess late fees for payments received after the 20th of the month. There will be no walk-in payments at City Hall, but payments will be taken by phone at 706-863-4576, Option 1, online, by mail and by drive-thru at City Hall.

Trash service with Advanced Disposal will continue as scheduled, although bulk trash and yard waste curbside service is suspended.

Liberty Park Community Center and all city parks will be closed

CHANGES IN EVENTS

Meanwhile, the county plans to continue April events with an altered approach.

In an effort to maintain proper social distancing and still offer a few of the services that Columbia County citizens look forward to each spring, the Community Events team has altered plans for The Evans Market and Easter Egg Scramble.

The Evans Market, planned for Saturday, April 4th, will not physically take place. Instead, it will be run as an online market where citizens can place their order ahead of time and have a 2-hour drive thru pick-up window from 10 AM until 12 PM on Saturday, April 4th. The Evans Market Store will officially open for business at Noon on Wednesday, April 1st with orders being accepted until Noon on Friday, April 3rd
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The Community Events team and local farms have come together to offer this much-needed service in a safe and convenient way. The online market product list will include fresh, local produce, beef, pork, chicken, local cheeses, milk, eggs, and more. Products will be safely bagged by the events staff and delivered to your car, at Evans Towne Center Park, on pick-up day.

For additional information, visit https://www.facebook.com/columbiacountymarket/.

The Easter Egg Scramble will not be held as planned at Gateway Park on Saturday, April 11th. However, Columbia County families can visit the Evans Market Store page to reserve their own Easter Egg Scramble Kit. 500 kits will be made available for pick-up on Saturday, April 4th. Kits must be reserved through the Evans Market Store page prior to Noon on Friday, April 3rd. Each reserved kit will contain 60 stuffed Easter eggs and activities for the whole family.

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