WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – Board of Commissioners Chairman Travis Turner produced a video Thursday (Apr. 30) to update citizens on the changes that Gov. Brian Kemp’s reopening the state will have on the county.
“Under Gov. Kemp’s orders, short-term rentals may begin to operate again, but will have to adhere to the strict recommendations the governor has set forth and hotels will also have to follow the governor’s guidelines relating to social distancing,” Turner said.
Yonah Preserve hiking and biking trails will reopen Friday (May 1) under normal hours, including fishing on the lake. “Let me stress, however, the pavilion and restroom facilities will remain closed at this time to discourage gatherings of people,” he said.
Other outdoor recreation facilities such as the pickleball courts will reopen for use but the gymnasium and athletic fields will remain closed. Turner added, “We hope to reopen them soon, once our department managers have a plan to implement social distancing as well as when the governor’s state of emergency expires, which is scheduled for the middle of May.”
He emphasized that guidelines are subject to change at any point and cautioned residents to be aware of any updates, whether they are from the state federal or local level.
“As for our county government, our employees will return to regular staffing levels on Monday (May 4). We will continue to keep our facilities’ lobbies closed to the public for now. But we will reevaluate that decision as we get closer to the state of emergency being lifted.”
He also reminded residents to remain vigilant. “The COVID-19 virus is still active in our community,” he said. “Please protect yourself, your families and your community by practicing social distancing and stay at home as much as possible. If you do venture out, please by local and help our local White County businesses.”
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