The Fig Tree in downtown Jonesboro has temporarily closed its doors because of the diners nationally have been advised to avoid restaurants to keep from spreading the coronavirus.
Photo: Alyssa Pointer
Photo: Alyssa Pointer

South metro Atlanta governments postpone, cancel events over coronavirus concerns

In Fayette, Clayton and Henry counties, the spread of the coronavirus has caused attractions vital to the community to close their doors or forced the rescheduling, postponement or cancellation of several meetings. It’s even put the kibosh on an Easter egg hunt.

Here is a partial list of the virus’ impact in the community. Check back periodically for updates.

CLAYTON COUNTY

Attractions: The Road to Tara Museum and Stately Oaks have closed indefinitely while the National Archives in Morrow has closed its doors until April 11. Spivey Hall is closed until March 29. 

Events: Jonesboro cancelled its St. Patrick’s Day Parade set for March 17. Lake City is postponing its 2nd Annual Car Show set for April 4 (a new date has not yet been determined.)

Meetings: The Riverdale City Council meeting scheduled for March 23 has been cancelled. Forest Park Mayor Angelyne Butler’s State of the City address set for Friday (March 20) has been postponed (no future date has yet been set). Forest Park also is postponing the March 25 Model Mile Open House. 

Facilities: Closed are Clayton County Government buildings (through March 30), county libraries (indefinitely), Lake City’s City Hall, police department and community center (indefinitely). 

FAYETTE COUNTY 

Events: Tyrone Founders Day Committee set for March 24, Story Time set for March 25 and Chess Club meeting planned for March 28 have been cancelled. 

Meetings: Fayetteville City Council meeting scheduled for March 19 has been cancelled, Tyrone Planning Commission meeting for March 26 has been cancelled. 

Facilities: Fayetteville City Hall and government buildings are closed (no re-opening date is known) while Peachtree City Library is closed through March 29. Peachtree City Hall and other municipal buildings are closed through March 29.

HENRY COUNTY

Attractions: Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama scheduled for April 25-26 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton has been postponed. Parks in McDonough are closed until further notice.

Events: Locust Grove Easter Egg Hunt set for April 4 has been cancelled. 

Meetings: Cancelled events: March 23 Henry County Board of Assessors meeting; Henry County Sheriff’s Church Security and Safety Class for March 19; Henry Family Law Workshop for April 7; and Henry County Stormwater rain barrel workshop for March 24.

Facilities: Hampton City Hall, Train Depot and Catherine Williams Community Center are closed until further notice; Stockbridge City Hall is closed through Friday and its employees are teleworking; Henry County government buildings are closed and staff teleworking through March 22; McDonough government buildings closed through March 20.

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