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Mercer University will move to online instruction for the remainder of the semester. All necessary services will continue to operate for students who must remain on campus. Click here for more details.
The Governor’s Office of the State of Georgia has ordered that all public schools remain closed through April 24th, 2020.
The Georgia Department of Public Health needs volunteers in a variety of capacities from medical to clerical and more. Click here for more information.
Baldwin County has declared a 2nd Local State of Emergency
There is a public curfew in place from 10pm-6am.
Bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and other establishments may continue preparing food for customers via delivery, drive-thru, takeout or curbside pickup only. Any establishment licensed for the sale of beer and/or wine for consumption on the premises shall be authorized to sell unopened bottles or cans of beer or wine for takeout. Unopened cans and bottles must meet federal laws for sealed containers. Patrons, employees, and contractors of establishments must maintain at least six feet of personal distance between themselves and others. Businesses affected by these closures must restrict in-person contact as much as possible and limit the number of customers at a time to be on the premises.
Gyms, fitness centers, pools, social clubs, amusement facilities, bowling alleys, pool halls, theaters, massage parlors, nail salons, hair salons, barbershops, and any other similar facility and any facility used for entertainment, social, grooming or general health and well-being purposes must close and remain closed for the duration of the emergency declaration.
All businesses permitted for operation under this emergency declaration can operate during the hours of 6am-9pm only. Healthcare providers, pharmacies, and hotels are exempt from this requirement.
Click here to view the entire declaration.
The City of Dublin has issued an Emergency Declaration
There is a curfew in effect from 10pm-6am
No public gatherings on any property owned or controlled by the City. Riverview Golf Course shall remain open for use by the public so long as all participants maintain a six-foot personal space distance while in use and there is no group of more than 10 that golfers together.
Any deadlines for the purchasing or obtaining of occupation tax certificates, permits, or similar civil approvals mandated by the City Code of Ordinances shall be delayed for the duration of the emergency and for 15 days thereafter.
Restaurants and other eating and dining establishments are closed to the public but may continue preparing and offering food to customers via delivery, drive-thru, or take-out services. Patrons, employees, and contractors of the
establishments must maintain at least six (6) feet of personal distance between themselves as much as possible given the physical constraints of the premises. If a restaurant is licensed to sell beer and wine for on-premises consumption, it is authorized to sell unopened bottles or cans of beer or wine for take-out consumption off-premises.
Gyms, fitness centers, indoor amusement facilities, bowling alleys, pool halls, theaters, massage parlors, nail salons, hair and beauty salons, barbershops, night clubs, bars, reception halls, and any other similar facilities open to the general public must remain closed for the duration of this emergency.
Grocery stores, pharmacies, and other businesses that remain open during the emergency must post signage on entrance doors informing consumers to maintain at least six (6) feet of personal distance between themselves and others as much as possible given the physical constraints of the premises. Any establishments that remain open to the public are strongly encouraged to establish and implement procedures for the regular cleaning and maintenance of frequently contacted surfaces and police and direct the six-foot personal distance of all patrons. Those establishments that remain open to the public are to also establish and implement procedures to prohibit any employee who is symptomatic of COVID-19 to remain at home and not report to work.
All public and private gatherings of more than ten (10) people occurring outside of a household or living unit are prohibited. This does not affect any business deemed “essential” by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency or
designated by the Governor as “critical infrastructure” or the provision of medical or health services. The Mayor and Council are not ordering a shelter in place at this time, however, they strongly encourage all citizens to remain in their homes and only leave when absolutely necessary. Any citizen who is exhibiting signs of illness, whether through cough, fever, sore throat, or the like, or any combination thereof, should remain in their home for the entirety of this emergency declaration and until such time thereafter as all symptoms have subsided.
The declaration is in effect until further notice from the City of Dublin.
Click here to read the full declaration.
Perry has declared a Local State Emergency to into effect at 8am Wednesday, March 25-April 19:
No public gatherings on any property owned or controlled by the city. This includes any park, public square, public space, playground, recreational area, or similar place of public gathering.
The City will not disconnect any public utility service provided by the city on account of non-payment. After the conclusion of the declared emergency persons will have a period of thirty (30) days to make such payments before service may be disconnected.
Any deadlines for the purchasing or obtaining by persons or businesses of occupation tax certificates, permits or similar civil approvals mandated by the City Code will be paused for the duration of the emergency.
Restaurants and other eating and dining establishments where food is served must cease offering dine-in services but may continue preparing and offering food to customers via delivery, drive-thru, or take-out services. Patrons, employees, and contractors of the establishments must maintain at least six (6) feet of personal distance between themselves and others. If a restaurant is licensed to sell beer and wine for on-premises consumption, such restaurant shall be authorized to sell unopened bottles or cans of beer or wine for take-out consumption off-premises.
Gyms, fitness centers, pools, social clubs, amusement facilities, bowling alleys, pool halls, theaters, massage parlors, nail salons, and any other similar facility, any facility used for an activity that involves prolonged physical proximity of individuals, and any facility used for entertainment, social, grooming, or general health and wellbeing purposes, must close and remain closed for the duration of this emergency.
All other establishments such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and other businesses which remain open during the emergency must post signage on entrance doors informing consumers to maintain at least six (6) feet of personal distance between themselves and others and shall not allow more than ten (10) people into such establishment at any one time if such social distancing cannot be maintained.
All public and private gatherings of more than ten (10) people occurring outside of a household or living unit are prohibited.
Click here for more.
Warner Robins has amended its declaration of emergency which goes in effect at 8am March 25-April 19, 2020:
No public gatherings on any property controlled or owned by the city. This does not prohibit people from using sidewalks or pedestrian areas of parks for exercise.
The city will not disconnect any public utility service provided by it due to non-payment. At the end of the declaration, you will have 30 days to make payments before services are disconnected. Services include but are not limited to public safety, public works, utilities, healthcare, and building permits.
Any deadlines for purchasing or obtaining occupation tax certificates, permits, or other civil approvals shall be delayed during the emergency and for 15 days after the declaration ends.
Restaurants and other dining establishments must end dine-in service and switch to delivery or take-out. Employees at the restaurants must maintain a personal distance of 6 feet. If the restaurant sells beer or wine, it can sell it unopened with take-out meals for consumption off-site.
Gyms, health studios, yoga, spin, spas, saunas, indoor amusement parks, arcades, bowling alleys, pool halls, movie theatres, playhouses, and concert venues are closed.
Click here to read the full declaration.
All non-essential City of Warner Robins offices are closed. If you have a water, gas, or sewer emergency call 478-293-1000 or the non-emergency 911 number 478-542-2125.
Navicent Health restricts visitation to essential visitors only:
An essential visitor is defined as those who are visiting/accompanying the following patients:
Minor patients under the age of 18
Patients in labor and delivery and/or family birth centers (including partner and birth coach)
Patients in intensive care
Patients at end of life/in Hospice /Palliative Care
Patients who need a healthcare decision-maker or visitor to help with communication and/or mobility
Essential visitors must continue to adhere to the following guidelines:
Patients in Hospice, Palliative, Pediatric units, and Birth Centers may have one (1) visitor overnight.
Visitors under the age of 13 are not permitted, including for the birth of a sibling.
The enhanced visitation policy applies to all Navicent Health locations.
Click here for more.
Navicent Health is currently seeking employees to fill a variety of positions:
Prior healthcare experience is preferred. Apply here.
The Governor’s Office of the State of Georgia has issued a shelter in place or for individuals who: are undergoing cancer treatment, have chronic lung disease, live in long-term care facilities, tested positive for COVID-19, suspect they have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19. The order also bans gatherings of 10 or more people and closes all bars and clubs. The order goes into effect at 12pm Tuesday, March 24th.
Macon-Bibb County has declared a Local State of Emergency beginning at 5:15pm on Monday, March 23rd-April 6th unless a further extension is required. The order includes:
Private or public gatherings of 10 or more people including religious services are prohibited.
Restaurants are closed to the public but allowed to provide curbside, delivery, drive-thru, and takeout. Restaurants licensed to sell beer or wine may sell sealed bottles to go.
All bars must close.
Body care services (barber shops, beauty salons, massage parlors tattoo shops, or any business that requires physical contact) must close.
Indoor recreation facilities (gyms, health studios, yoga studios, arcades, bowling alleys, movie theaters, concert venues) must close.
Macon-Bibb maintained outdoor facilities (Bowden Golf Course, Lake Tobesofkee, tennis courts, etc.) will be closed.
All special event permits are canceled.
All other commercial, industrial, and retail establishments are permitted to remain open with the provision that customers and employees maintain suggested hygiene guidelines, are not within 6 feet of each other, and that employees stay home if they or anyone they live with is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
Violations are punishable with a fine up to $1,000 and jail time not to exceed 60 days.
Bibb County School District will transition to a modified meal schedule for students beginning Monday, March 23.
Meals will no longer be delivered daily, but will instead be delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during our school closures due to COVID-19. Two-day meal packages will be distributed on Mondays and Wednesdays. All meal packages will include breakfast and lunch. Click here for a list of locations and delivery times.
Houston Healthcare COVID-19 Information Line Now Available!
478-352-INFO or 478-352-4636
Please call the information line if you are experiencing symptoms that include:
– Fever (temperature greater than 100.4)
– New cough
– New shortness of breath
You will be able to speak with a nurse about your concerns. Houston Healthcare remains dedicated to serving the needs of the community and keeping everyone safe. Please stay tuned to their social media pages for more information.
Laurens County has imposed a curfew between 10pm to 6am. Non-essential travel and gatherings of 10 or more including churches and funerals is prohibited.
Macon Transit Authority will adopt a 10-p0int plan beginning March 23-April 11th.
1. REDUCE TRANSIT to weekend service level on all nine (9) routes.
2. OPERATE BUSES 5:20 am -7:00 pm six (6) days a week, Monday-Saturday.
To view the specific routes with details and schedules click here.
3. PROVIDE ALL TRANSIT SERVICE — FIXED ROUTE & PARATRANSIT FREE OF CHARGE.
∙ EACH RIDER MUST SUBMIT TO A TEMPERATURE CHECK BEFORE BEING ALLOWED ON A BUS.
∙ ANYONE WITH TEMPERATURE of 100.4 ̊OR HIGHER WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ON A BUS.
∙ THERMOMETER IS NON-INVASIVE & RESULTS ARE CONFIDENTIAL (except for the fact that you will not be allowed on the bus).
4. OPERATE PARATRANSIT FOR MEDICAL NECESSITY ONLY, WHICH INCLUDES:
∙ Dialysis, doctor appointments, to grocery store & to pharmacy for medications.
∙ No other demand response service is available.
∙ PARATRANSIT RIDERS MUST CONTINUE CALLING to SCHEDULE TRIPS (478) 803-2521.
5. REDUCE RIDERSHIP– CONTINUOUS RIDING IS PROHIBITED & MONITORED BY SUPERVISORS & DRIVERS.
∙ ONE ROUNDTRIP RULE is in effect to prevent people from continuously riding buses.
∙ Riders MUST disembark at Transfer Station, end of route, or at stops along the route, each hour or trip.
6. OPERATE FIXED ROUTE SERVICE WITH THE FOLLOWING POLICIES:
a. REAR DOOR BOARDING & DISEMBARKING ONLY
b. CAUTION TAPE placed between driver’s compartment & riders (per Centers for Disease Control) to promote “social distancing” crucial to preventing/slowing the spread of COVID-19.
7. DISALLOW UNACCOMPANIED YOUTH RIDERS: Young people must ride an MTA bus with a parent/guardian, or adult at least 18-years-old.
8. CLOSE MTA TRANSFER STATION TO THE PUBLIC AND LOCK RESTROOMS.
9. KEEP TRANSIT SUPERVISORS ON DUTY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS & PROVIDE GUIDANCE.
10. CLOSE MTA ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES TO THE PUBLIC: 2737 Broadway and Terminal Station (2nd floor),
Paratransit Office & Maintenance Facility.
All Public and Private events in the State of Georgia involving 10 or more people have been canceled.
Ace of Gray is offering online shopping and call-ahead ordering & pickup during normal business hours. 478-986-9200
Comics Plus is closed to the public but will continue to operate online and by appointment.
Fresh Produce Records is closed to the public but will continue to operate online.
Gallery West will be closed until further notice but will be taking orders over the phone. Call 478-972-1598.
Golden Bough Bookstore is open regular hours with limited occupancy and offering curbside pickup. Call 478-744-2446 for details.
Food Depot stores in Central Georgia are open daily from 7am-1opm
Kroger stores in Central Georgia will be open daily from 8am-9pm. Monday-Thursday 7am-8am will be reserved for seniors aged 60 and over.
Publix stores in Central Georgia will be open daily from 8am-8pm. Publix pharmacy will operate from 9am-6pm. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings will be designated for seniors aged 65 and older from 7am to 8am including the pharmacy.
Travis Jean Emporium is closed to the public until further notice but is offering electronic gift cards, and online shopping with free delivery over $50.
Walgreens will open daily from 9am-9pm. Stores with 24-hr drive-thru pharmacies will operate as normal. Tuesdays from 8am-9am will be reserved for senior shoppers.
Walmart stores in Central Georgia will open daily from 7am-8:30pm. Tuesdays from 6am-7am will be reserved for senior shoppers.
Wear is open 12am-4pm Monday-Friday by appointment only. Call or text 478-319-7381. Also offering online shopping and electronic gift cards.
Live Stream Performances
If you are a musician in Central Georgia and you plan to live stream performances, email details/links to [email protected] We’ll be happy to share and promote your online show but ask that you keep it family-friendly and all-inclusive.
Barberitos is offering online ordering or delivery from Macon 2 Go for their Forsyth Rd and Riverside Dr locations. JUST ADDED: TacoBout Family Takeout meal includes fresh taco ingredients for 4 people.
Bearfoot Tavern is closed until further notice.
Dovetail is closed until further notice.
Famous Mike’s is closed until further notice.
Grow is closed until further notice.
H&H is closed until further notice.
Just Tap’d Macon is offering t0-go 6-packs, growlers, and kegs by appointment only. Please contact through Facebook to schedule.
Michael’s On Mulberry is offering a regular menu and family-style meals that feed up to six for $32. Please call two hours in advance for ordering. 478-743-3997
Nu-Way Weiners is offering carry-out and pickup at all locations and drive-thru at select stores.
Ocmulgee Brewpub is offering t0-go 6-packs, growlers, and kegs by appointment only. Please contact through Facebook to schedule.
Oliver’s Bistro is offering online ordering and pickup 5:30pm-8:30pm Thursday-Saturday. Click here for menu and instructions on how to order.
Papouli’s is offering delivery from Uber Eats or curbside pickup. Order online or call 478-474-0204.
Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen is offering delivery from Macon 2 Go & Waitr or curbside side pickup for beer and food from 11am-8pm. Call 478-254-2337.
The Rookery is closed until further notice.
Z Beans will be open with curbside pickup for all locations from 7am-3pm. Order and pay by clicking Mercer Village, Downtown Macon, Coliseum
Bibb County Schools have closed indefinitely. Click here for a list of meal delivery sites for students and eLearning resources.
Central Georgia Technical College has moved to distance learning until March 27th and will observe spring break as scheduled on March 30-April 3.
Georgia Military College has closed all campuses and moved to online instruction through March 31st.
Houston County Schools are closed indefinitely. Click here for a list of meal delivery sites for students and eLearning resources.
Mercer University will move to online instruction for the remainder of the semester. All necessary services will continue to operate for students who must remain on campus.
Middle Georgia State University will transition to online instruction for the remainder of the semester.
Wesleyan College will move to online instruction on March 23rd and maintain limited student services.
Gadd’s Animal Doctors of Gray will continue to see clients and offer grooming and boarding options.
Hargray will offer free Internet service for 60 days to households in its service area with K-12 or college students who do not already have a Hargray Internet subscription. Click here for more info and to sign up.
Macon Water Authority has closed its customer service lobby. Drive-thru and nightly drop box service is available and you are encouraged to make payments via the Authority’s website Customer Self-Service Portal or Live Chat. You may also call MWA direct at 478-464-5600 or access the IVR System at 844-517-9741.
Visit Macon has closed the Visitor’s Center until further notice.
The Macon Mayhem 2019-2020 season has been canceled.
State and local leaders have declared that all bars, clubs, concert venues, or indoor recreational facilities are to remain closed until April 6th, 2020 unless further extended.