The City of Milton is open for business, with many ongoing changes in an effort to prevent the potential spread of the novel strain of Coronavirus known as COVID-19.
ALL CITY FACILITIES ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC, including City Hall, Fire Stations, and Police Headquarters, through April 16. For full release, click HERE.
Milton City officials have been working with public health and emergency services partners around the region to assess and respond to COVID-19.
Below is information so that you can handle City-related issues online or over the phone.
We appreciate your patience and understanding. Please check this page, as well as our social media pages, for updates.
If you have questions about the novel Caronavirus, the State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline: 844.442.2681
If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms, or have been exposed to virus, call your primary care doctor, an urgent care facility or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or healthcare facility.
Milton has put together a list of resources during the COVID-19 state of emergency, including medical assistance, senior assistance, transportation, food insecure services, food and grocery delivery services, and more.
On April 1, 2020, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a statewide “shelter in place” order that goes into effect at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 3. The Order – which supersedes relevant county and city ordinances – can be viewed HERE.
“All residents and visitors of the State of Georgia are required to shelter in place within their homes or places of resident,” the Order states. Exceptions are when:
1.) Conducting or participating in Essential Services
This includes getting food, medicine, supplies to work from home, “and essential maintenance of the home or residence.” Activities “essential” for household members’ health and safety are allowed.
So is “engaging in outdoor exercise activities so long as a minimum distance of six feet is maintained … between all persons who are not occupants of the same household or residence.” In other words, people can outside for walks or runs, so long as they maintain social distancing.
2.) “Performing Necessary Travel”
3.) Engaging in Minimum Basic Operations for a business, establishment, corporation, non-profit or organization not classified as Critical Infrastructure.
Many businesses can remain open if they abide by the Order’s social distancing, sanitation, and other health-related mitigation requirements.
4.) Working in the 16 sectors that the U.S. government deems to be “Critical Infrastructure”
Those unsure if their business or sector is “critical” can contact the Georgia Department of Economic Development at 404-962-4000.
Gov. Kemp’s order prohibits dine-in service at restaurants statewide, while also mandating the closures of gyms, theaters, concert halls, bars, hair salons, and certain other establishments.
A person can only visit someone else if it’s to provide health-related supplies, “support [a] person to conduct activities of daily living” and “providing necessary supplies and services” like delivering food.
The Order gives the State of Georgia the authority to “mandate the closure of any business, establishment, corporation, non-profit corporation, or organization not in compliance.”
Also on April 1, Governor Kemp ordered all K-12 public schools to be closed through the end of the school year.
Original post: March 23, 2020
Updated: March 30, 2020
Mayor Joe Lockwood, exercising authority given by Milton's City Council, took the first of what could be many steps to support Milton businesses. These four orders aim to assist the restaurant and retail industries in Milton "to promote the safety, protection and well-being of the inhabitants of the city." All of the below ordinances are temporary through the duration of the emergency.
Allow an existing business that hosts private, catered events to sell prepared meals for pick-up and delivery. The to-go meals can only be picked up for no more than three total hours per day, sometime between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.. The facility cannot offer dine-in service. Little River Farms is the only eligible establishment. Read the full order HERE. (Note: This order was signed on March 30.)
March 25, 2020:
Mayor Joe Lockwood has announced the closure of multiple Milton Parks and Recreation facilities in response to COVID-19.
Milton’s trails remain open to the public at:
On March 20, the Milton City Council unanimously approved an Emergency Ordinance that activated special, temporary mayoral powers for use in emergencies from the City's Code of Ordinances. You can read the approved Emergency Ordinance by clicking here, read a summary of the meeting by clicking here, or watch the meeting in its entirety using this link.
Like the City as a whole, the Milton Police Department has instituted some precautions to protect both the public and officers during the current environment, including asking citizens to conduct routine matters online or by phone rather than visiting the police department. Below is additional information to assist in the effort to prevent the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.
CITIZENS SHOULD ALWAYS CALL 911 IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS
For non-emergency police services, call Milton's dispatch line 24/7 at 678-297-6300, Option 1. If in in doubt about which means to contact the police, call 911
To ask a routine question, email firstname.lastname@example.org
*If you were scheduled to come to court during this time, you will receive mail regarding a rescheduled date
ALL EVENTS/MEETINGS CANCELED OR POSTPONED THROUGH APRIL 16
Please reach out to your City contact for all other meetings through April 16
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Fulton County Schools, including all schools and administrative offices, will be closed until further notice. This action is being taken in an effort to slow the rapidly spreading COVID-19 virus. Students and all employees should not report to school or work until further notice.
UPDATE MARCH 26: All public schools in Milton and throughout Georgia will remain closed through April 24 -- with the earliest restart date being Monday, April 27 -- following an order signed Thursday by Gov. Brian Kemp aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.
UPDATE APRIL 1: All public schools in Milton and throughout Georgia will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
Due to concerns over COVID-19 all Fulton County libraries, including the Milton Library, are closed until further notice. Current and upcoming programs and events are canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date.
The library is asking that patrons NOT return books during this closure. Library staff will adjust due dates and waive fines.
Digital resources such as Hoopla, Libby, Overdrive, Freegal, and more are always available on www.fulcolibrary.org/digitallibrary.
Early voting has been suspended. The Georgia Presidential Preference Primary and Special Election is now scheduled for May 19, 2020. For details on voting, visit the Secretary of State website. .
Business License The City of Milton has extended the deadline for occupational tax (business license) renewal to April 30. You can fill out the paperwork HERE and mail a check to:
City of Milton Finance Department
2006 Heritage Walk
Milton, GA 30004
Property taxes can be paid by mail
City of Milton Finance Department
2006 Heritage Walk
Milton, GA 30004
NOTE: There is a 2.5% convenience fee for all credit card payments; checks can be mailed with no additional fee.
Milton has put together a list of resources to assist businesses during this time, including loan options, important information from the Georgia Department of Labor, and local Small Business Assistance (SBA) organizations.
While the state is under a "Shelter in Place" Order, “obtaining food and supplies” is still considered essential. So, if you do venture out to support the local economy, please remember to maintain the social distancing buffer and avoid congregating.
*As of April 6
Social distancing are actions that communities can take to reduce face-to-face contact, which may help reduce the spread of disease. Please look at the infographic below, provided by the City of Redmond, Washington, to learn how to practice social distancing in your community.
For further information on COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) page: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov. For more recommendations on what you can do at home, CDC has also put out a guide, which you can view HERE.