The City of Milton is open for business, with many ongoing changes in an effort to prevent the potential spread of the novel Coronavirus strain known as COVID-19.
For "Questions and Answers" on Gov. Kemp's various Executive Orders and other guidance related to COVID-19, click HERE.
In late May, the Mayor and City Council approved the "Milton Reopening Plan." The first parts of that plan went into effect early the next month. You can read it by clicking HERE.
While there has been progress, some city facilities or portions thereof remain closed to the public. Generally, there's limited access to the lobby area of City Hall -- including the Finance and Community Development stations -- between 9 a.m. and noon on weekdays (except for holidays). Part of police headquarters is open to the public at certain hours, while public access is more limited at Milton's fire stations.
People are strongly encouraged to address City-related issues without doing so in person, if possible. You can keep up-to-date by checking the City website, signing up for City emails, and following us on social media -- specifically Milton's Facebook and Twitter pages.
Below is information to help you handle City-related issues online or over the phone.
We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Following the City Council's passage of an amended Emergency Ordinance on May 18, official in-person meetings for various boards and committees resumed in June. Special accommodations have been made for those who want to but cannot attend, especially in light of continued guidance that those with certain medical conditions avoid gatherings. These include allowing the public to participate via Zoom or to email public comments.
Milton City officials have been working with public health and emergency services partners around the region to assess and respond to COVID-19.
If you have questions about this novel coronavirus, you can call the State of Georgia's COVID-19 hotline at 844.442.2681. Fulton County's own COVID-19 hotline is 404-613-8150.
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. Given the choice, please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or healthcare facility.
The CDC identifies COVID-19 symptoms -- which may first appear between 2 to 14 days of exposure -- as: 1) Fever, 2) Cough, 3) Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, 4) Chills, 5) Repeating shaking (with chills), 6) Muscle pain, 7) Headache, 8) Sore throat, 9) New loss of taste or smell.
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.
Beginning July 6, the City of Milton once again began allowing people to rent certain City-owned outdoor facilities and fields. Broadwell Pavilion, Friendship Park and Bell Park fields are among those that can be rented. Those renting any facility must limit any gatherings to 50 people or less. For more info, email email@example.com.
Gov. Brian Kemp has issued a series of Orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic that apply statewide. The most recent one, issued on June 29, can be found HERE and HERE. The latter continue prohibitions of "Gatherings" of 50 or more people when they cannot be at least six feet apart, as well as specific guidelines on everything from summer camps to bowling alleys to dentists to bars to performance venues and more.
A "shelter in place" Order once in place for all Georgians has expired. Yet those with "higher risk of severe illnesses" remain ordered to shelter in place through at least July 31. The Public Health State of Emergency extends through August 11.
Click HERE for a Q&A on the Governor's various Orders.
On Saturday, May 23, Milton's City Pool opened for the season with numerous safety measures aimed at keeping people healthy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Signs are posted around the pool, and furniture has been moved to keep people out of the water at least 6 apart. Staff will also disinfect commonly touched surfaces regularly, and there will be periodic swim hours especially for those age 55 and over. In addition, the capacity of the pool (and bathrooms) is limited, swim toys are prohibited, and anyone displaying possible symptoms will be denied entry.
Click HERE for the complete list of COVID-19-related City Pool rules
Milton's City Council on May 18 passed an amended Emergency Ordinance that allows for steady progression toward the resumption of more normal government operations. It allows for the resumption of in-person Council, board and committee meetings, while also giving City staff flexibility to accommodate those who cannot and/or do not attend for health and safety reasons. Restrictions were also removed that had prevented the City government from considering certain zoning, regulatory, strategic planning and land-use matters.
The Council also gave its approval to the "Milton Reopening Plan," which calls for phased approach to resuming more activities. Phase One begins May 20, while Phase Two -- set for June 12 -- could allow for things like additional Parks and Recreation offerings.
A full recap of the May 18 meeting can be found HERE.
You can watch the meeting by clicking HERE.
You can read the Milton Reopening Plan by clicking HERE.
And the amended Emergency Ordinance can be read HERE.
Original post: March 23, 2020
Updated: June 8, 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. On May 18, the Council extended them through at least June 12. During a June 8 Special Called meeting, the Council further extended these through July 12.
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.)
On March 20, the Milton City Council unanimously approved its first Emergency Ordinance related to the pandemic 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
Fulton County Schools in June announced plans for students to utilize one of two options for the coming school year -- in-person schooling or remote learning. The first day of school is scheduled for August 17. School officials have said plans may change depending on the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Digital resources such as Hoopla, Libby, Overdrive, Freegal, and more are always available on www.fulcolibrary.org/digitallibrary.
Fulton County libraries, including in Milton, did begin offering curbside service on July 1, in which people can pick-up items placed on hold. For more details, click HERE.
The City of Milton has extended the deadline for occupational tax certificate (a.k.a. business license) renewals to July 12. You can fill out the paperwork HERE and pay HERE or mail a check to:
City of Milton Finance Department
2006 Heritage Walk
Milton, GA 30004
Additionally, the requirement for a Notary has been lifted at this time.
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.
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.