Coronavirus Covid-19 Updates

The Stephens County Commissioners will post regular updates regarding the impact of the novel Coronavirus here. Please check this page often and take all necessary precautions for your health and safety, yet strive to remain connected with each other and with your neighbors who are vulnerable and isolated. We will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds and keep you updated.

UPDATED 5/7/2020 - 4:25 PM

GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR RESTAURANTS TO RE-OPEN

Governor Kemp issued an Executive Order on April 23, 2020, to allow restaurants to reopen dining rooms on April 27 in accordance with specific guidelines. This includes all facilities that meet the definition of “food service establishment” per O.C.G.A. §26-2-370(2). (Restaurants without in-house dining operating prior to April 27 should continue to follow previous guidelines with the exception that now all foodservice employees are required to wear face coverings, regardless of whether the dining room is open.)

Click here to read the re-opening guidelines and requirements.

UPDATED 4/6/2020 - 3:00 PM

ALL COURT HEARINGS ARE ORDERED ONLINE

Pursuant to the Order issued by Chief Superior Court Judge Russell Smith and Judge Chan Caudell on April 6, 2020, unless otherwise ordered by the presiding judge, all court hearings will take place online. Attorneys and parties will be sent an email with a link to access their hearing. If you are a member of the public who would like to attend a hearing (or if you are party and do not have an attorney or have not received a link for your case), please contact the office of the clerk of court for the county in which the case is scheduled to be heard. The Clerk will provide you with a link which can be used to access the hearing remotely from any laptop or smartphone. Laptop computers are available at the courthouse for use by the parties or their witnesses who do not have other access to a laptop or smartphone.

UPDATED 4/2/2020 - 9:05 AM

TOCCOA-STEPHENS COUNTY LIBRARY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

The Toccoa-Stephens County Library is currently closed to the public until further notice. However, they have created a site for COVID-19-related local and state news and health resources, as well as links to applications for state benefits. A special thanks to Library staff, Holly Williamson for her work to make this information accessible!

INSTRUCTIONS - Best viewed on tablet or laptop instead of mobile phones. Look in left margin and select Community Resources. www.toccoastephenslibrary.com

UPDATED 3/31/2020 - 10:15 AM

BULKY ITEM DISPOSAL SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Until further notice, the Bulky Item Disposal for Stephens County residents has been suspended. This Service is located on Scenic Drive at the Public Works office. It does not include the five Convenience Sites.

UPDATED 3/23/2020 - 2:23 PM

SENIOR CENTER CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 27; MEALS ON WHEELS CONTINUES

Due to continued health and safety concerns for our vulnerable population, all group activities have been canceled at this time. We plan to resume regular activities on Monday, April 27. THIS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Updates will be posted as needed. As of today, the Fox Theatre has not officially canceled "Hamilton." Again, we will keep you posted. The Meals on Wheels program will continue to provide meals to homebound seniors as usual. If you have any questions, please call 706-886-4740.

UPDATED 3/23/2020 - 11:17 AM

RECREATION DEPARTMENT SUSPENDS ALL ACTIVITIES THROUGH APRIL 24

The Recreation Department has suspended all Sports and Programs activities until April 24 due to COVID-19 Corona virus concerns. This means no sporting events, practices or any gatherings will occur at the recreation department facilities. We will re-evaluate this issue again on April 24 and make a decision concerning any upcoming event dates. Thanks for understanding in these circumstances. The Annual Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for Saturday, April 4th will be canceled this year.

UPDATED 3/18/20 AT 4:21 PM

MESSAGE FROM COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

As the world copes with the growing impact of this outbreak, we remain steadfast in the belief that people will uphold personal responsibility to prevent the spread of this virus through responsible hygiene practices and self-quarantining practices as needed.

Please take all necessary precautions for your health and safety, yet strive to remain connected with each other and with your neighbors who are vulnerable and isolated.