Titles to Morgan Falls Overlook Park and three other major park facilities in Sandy Springs are being transferred from the city to the Sandy Springs Public Facilities Authority. CITY OF SANDY SPRINGS
Photo: For the AJC
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Sandy Springs closes parks, police offer business and resident safety checks 

Sandy Springs officials have ordered all city parks closed in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Parks are the latest closure by the city. 

On Friday, City Council ordered restaurants, nightclubs, fitness centers, movie theaters, and other businesses that serve food or gather large numbers of people to close for the remainder of the city’s 60-day state of emergency. Sandy Springs police simultaneously started a free business check program. Request forms are available online. 

“We want to bring business owners peace of mind,” said Sgt. Salvador Ortega. 

In looking at a daily rundown of activity, Ortega said he did not see an increase in criminal activity in Sandy Springs. 

SSPD is also offering to check on residents’ family members who live alone. 

Whenever we respond to a call when someone is ill, our dispatcher will ask several questions to see if they have symptoms [of the coronavirus], said Ortega. “We have given officers gloves, masks and suits; all of the things they need to be protected. It’s part of the job. We have to be here.”

Both the SSPD and fire department contact senior citizen living centers daily. 

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