Because of the coronavirus pandemic and the need to exercise an abundance of caution during an uncertain time, the City of Doraville has made a number of adjustments in services. Mayor Joseph Geierman has declared a state of emergency, and City Hall is closed to the public. Most City staff is working from home, reachable by phone or email.
Updates will be posted here as needed, and also on the City's pages on Facebook and Nextdoor. We encourage you to monitor these sources for the most recent developments.
Emergency Measures Extended Through April: On March 30, the Doraville City Council approved a one-month extension of emergency restrictions in the City, through April 30. The extension applies to Doraville businesses and residents.
At its meeting on March 19, the council voted to enact mandatory restrictions on restaurants and other businesses that come into close contact with customers. Then, a week later, the council amended that ordinance to include a shelter-in-place order for residents, prohibiting non-essential trips from home. Both the original ordinance (for businesses) and its amendment (for residents) will now remain in effect through April 30. Here is the key information regarding businesses, followed by a timeline:
- Must remain closed to in-person dining.
- May offer food for takeout or delivery.
- May sell sealed cans or bottles of beer or wine for consumption off-site, if restaurant has a license to sell alcohol.
- Must practice social distancing of 6 feet between customers and employees, and between employees, given the physical constraints of the business.
Businesses That Remain Closed
- Establishments providing massage, manicure, hairstyling or personal grooming services.
- Gyms or sports clubs offering the use of exercise equipment or close-contact sports.
- Event facilities capable of hosting gatherings of more than 10 people.
Businesses Not Mentioned Above
- May remain open.
- Must maintain 6 feet of distance between those in the establishment (not including members of same household).
- Shall establish policies to allow workers to work remotely when possible.
- Retail stores under 15,000 square feet must limit the number of people in the establishment to 10 (excludes pharmacies, restaurants, medical offices).
On March 19: The council met via teleconference and voted unanimously to approve emergency restrictions through March 31 on restaurants and other businesses that bring people into close contact with one another. The restrictions included closing restaurants to in-person customers; closing gyms, sports clubs and personal grooming establishments; and prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people. For businesses, details on the council's action are here in English, Spanish and Chinese.
On March 25: The council extended the renewal of Occupational Tax Certificates (business licenses) to May 1 and delayed the monthly reporting of the Alcohol Beverage Tax until June 20, at which time the months of March, April and May would be due. The latter does not apply to wholesalers or package stores, only to businesses that sell alcohol by the drink. The council also requested that commercial property landlords grant a 60-day rent abatement to tenants.
On March 26: The council passed an amendment to the March 19 ordinance, calling for residents to shelter in place except for essential activities. Mayor Joseph Geierman had gone on record the previous day with a statement calling for sheltering in place. Sheltering in place does not prohibit residents from going outside for individual or family activities such as walking, running, gardening, etc., or from making necessary trips for work, groceries or appointments.
Municipal Court Closed: Municipal Court is closed to the public until further notice. All court calendars through May 13 will be postponed to later dates. Click here for more information. Fees may be paid online. For questions or concerns, or if you need to speak to a court representative, call (770) 455-1001 and we will assist you in any way that we are able.
Permits and Inspections: To request inspections or submit permits any building renovations/additions/new construction, sign, tree or trade permits, click here. Applications and questions may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emergency repairs and permit requirements for residential dwellings (single-family/duplex/townhome/condo homeowner). Click Residential Permit Checklist and Emergency Repairs.
Business Licenses: For information about new and renewal occupational tax certificates (business licenses), click here.
Resources for Businesses: There are small-business provisions within the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, also known as the Phase 3 stimulus package. These include guaranteed loans and grants to help small businesses retain employees and survive the disruption caused by the coronavirus. The Small Business Administration and State of Georgia have information. The City has compiled a list of resources that may be helpful for businesses impacted by the coronavirus.
Parks and Recreation: The department is closed until further notice. All activities through mid-April are postponed. The Spring Fling family event, originally scheduled for April 4 in Honeysuckle Park, is postponed. For questions, call (770) 936-3850 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Out of concern for public health, all recreation equipment in City parks are closed until further notice-- including swings, slides and other playground equipment, soccer pitches, tennis courts and basketball courts. At this time, park access is permitted for walking and jogging, provided that social distancing is maintained per the CDC guidelines.
Civic Center: All functions through mid-April are postponed.
Library: Closed through April 30.
GENERAL INFORMATION AND UPDATES
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (guidelines on slowing the spread)
Georgia Department of Public Health (hotline: 844-442-2681)
DeKalb County COVID-19 Task Force
DeKalb County Board of Health (multiple translations available on website)
World Health Organization
Small Business Administration loans (information in English and Spanish)
Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act
BACKGROUND ON THE CORONAVIRUS