Several south metro Atlanta municipalities plan to reopen portions of their government offices to the public in the coming week.
Peachtree City and Henry and Fayette counties said public buildings such as City Hall, county administrative offices and the Henry County Airport will open on Monday for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic closed them in March.
Others, such as the city of McDonough, said they will open buildings to the public (except for courts) on June 1.
“I want to thank our citizens for their patience during this extraordinary time, as well as our employees who have worked under very difficult circumstances,” Henry County manager Cheri Hobson-Matthews said in a statement.
“As we begin to reopen facilities, I want to remind everyone that the health and safety of our employees and our citizens is of the utmost importance and we encourage everyone to continue best practices to stay safe,” she said.
The moves follows other recent government openings in Riverdale and in Clayton County earlier this week.
Fayette and Henry governments said that visitors to county buildings will have their temperatures checked before being admitted. Visitors to Henry buildings also will be required to wear a face covering and to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
“Staff will be on-site to take temperatures of persons entering county buildings,” Fayette County said on its website. “If deemed to have an elevated temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, visitors will be encouraged to seek medical attention and contact the county’s website for information. Those with elevated temperatures as described will not be allowed to enter the building.”
Peachtree City will reopen its library on Tuesday at 2 p.m. with staggered hours for the rest of the week.
Among the other buildings that will open in Henry are animal control, department of transportation offices, the county recycling center and parks and recreation facilities, including walking paths, trails and greenways.
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