Gwinnett County to close most government buildings until Tuesday

Gwinnett County is closing most government buildings through Tuesday.

During the closures, the buildings will be cleaned and disinfected. Some changes will also be made to encourage social distancing — the practice of staying at least six feet away from a person to discourage the spread of the coronavirus.

County leaders will evaluate how people move within buildings, including reception and queuing areas. They will make changes to create more space between people while they are in government facilities.

When the buildings reopen, additional cleaning staff will be hired to clean door handles, elevator buttons, stair railings and other high-touch surfaces in high-traffic buildings, like the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, more frequently.

The Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center is one of the buildings that will be closed, as is the Juvenile Court and Recorder’s Court building. While those buildings are closed, the Clerks of Courts offices in those buildings will be closed. The alternate facility for those courts’ business will be at the Court Facility at the Gwinnett Pretrial Detention Center at 2900 Ga. 316 in Lawrenceville.

Clerks will also be available at the Gwinnett County Jail to accept filings in person for Superior, State, Magistrate, Juvenile, Probate and Recorder's courts. Electronic filing is also available for some courts. A Magistrate Court Judge will be available at the jail during the building closures.

Some county buildings had been closed previously, and are still closed. Those include indoor recreation facilities, aquatics centers, libraries, senior recreation centers and senior congregate centers. All programs and events there have been canceled.

Many services are available at GwinnettCounty.com under online services, including the options to apply for building permits, pay a water bill or renew vehicle tags.

The tax commissioner’s office will maintain normal business hours, except for the location at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Other exceptions to the closures include the animal shelter, the voter registrations and elections office, police headquarters and precincts and fire headquarters and stations. While these facilities remain open, additional cleaning will take place.