Atlanta to resume some in-person services beginning Tuesday

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Atlanta is also lifting its ban on events with 50,000 or more attendees

Atlanta plans to reopen City Hall and other facilities to the public for certain services beginning Sept. 7, according to the mayor’s office.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ mask mandate is still in effect, and Atlanta is operating within the “red zone,” which is the city’s highest risk for coronavirus transmission.

However, the mayor’s office announced Thursday that residents can now make appointments for business license renewals at City Hall. People can also visit without an appointment for permit and licensing payments from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Residents can also make appointments for the following services: subordination agreement signatures and notarization; site development plan reviews; and open records reviews, according to the mayor’s office. Appointments can be made for health screenings and the car seat program at Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Stations.

From 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall will accept walk-in visits for water bill account requests and payments and residents can handle express and residential alternations permitting, as well as other services.

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The public can also visit the Parks and Recreation department at 160 Trinity Ave., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to submit their arborist plan. Residents can visit Atlanta’s website for the full list of what’s open for in-person services.

The mayor’s office told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Friday that “most if not all other City services are available online.” According to an internal City Hall memo obtained by the AJC Thursday, “city facilities will remain closed to public meetings and events.”

Bottoms’ also issued an executive order lifting the ban on outdoor events with 50,000 or more attendees. Those events can only occur if the organizers host the occasion within the guidelines set by the city or the governor’s office to reduce the risk of COVID-19′s spread. Event organizers, for instance, must designate a health coordinator, develop an internal health plan, and develop an emergency service and security plan.

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