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. Most City staff is working from home, reachable by phone or email.
City Hall Open With Limited Weekday Schedule
City Hall reopened to the public on a limited weekday schedule with limited staffing on Tuesday, May 26. All visitors are required to wear face coverings, with no exceptions, and to practice social distancing. Hand sanitizer is available in the lobby and its use is strongly encouraged. We are determined to provide a safe environment for the public and for City staff, and this involves the cooperation and extra effort of everyone. Our cleaning staff is devoting more of its time to ensuring a sanitary environment for all.
Please continue to use the City’s website (www.doravillega.us) for business that can be transacted online and does not require a trip to City Hall.
As of May 26, and going forward, City Hall’s public hours are:
• Mondays & Wednesdays: Walk-in visitors (front counter), from 9 to 11:30am and 1 to 3:30pm
• Tuesdays & Thursdays: By appointment only (front counter), from 9 to 11:30am and 1 to 3:30pm
• Fridays & Weekends: Closed
*Also note: A computer work station is available in the lobby for those who may need to upload documents from their USB drive.
A testing site opened on Monday, June 15, 2020. Testing is free and open to all who wish to be tested.
• Location: 5597 Buford Highway (the parking lot of the former Kmart store near Interstate 285).
• Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Registration Required: www.dekalbhealth.net or call (404) 294-3700 (Option 1).
Gov. Brian Kemp's statewide shelter-in-place order was lifted on Friday, May 1, for most Georgians. Residents 65 and older plus those who are "medically fragile," particularly ones suffering from chronic lung disease or cancer, are still expected to shelter in place through June 12 -- the date to which Georgia's public health state of emergency has been extended. View updates to Executive Orders.
Here are the highlights of an executive order issued by the governor during the week of May 11 that will remain in effect until May 31 for all municipalities in the state, including Doraville:
• Shelter in place will continue for those considered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be high risk or suffering from a severe illness. These individuals are still able to leave home for essential trips (food, medical assistance, exercise, etc.).
• Everyone must practice social distancing and sanitation methods prescribed by the CDC, and refrain from gathering.
• Everyone is strongly encouraged to wear a face mask when outside of the home, except for when eating or exercising.
• Live performance venues and bars are to remain closed to the public.
• Restaurants may offer dine-in service but cannot allow more than 10 customers per 300 square feet of public space. All workers must wear face coverings at all times. Seating areas must be redesigned to allow for at least 6 feet of separation. Party sizes can be no more than 10 people.
The governor first ordered sheltering in place for April 3-13, then extended it through the end of April. Kemp first declared a public health state of emergency on March 14. On April 20, the governor outlined procedures for the gradual reopening of businesses in the state, including bowling alleys, barbershops, nail salons and fitness centers (starting April 24) and restaurants and movie theaters (starting April 27).
City's Emergency Measures
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.
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 is closed to the public until at least June 15. All court calendars through June 12 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
Community Development Department page
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.
Permit for Temporary Outdoor Restaurant/Cafe Operations
Emergency repairs and permit requirements for residential dwellings (single-family/duplex/townhome/condo homeowner). Click Residential Permit Checklist and Emergency Repairs.
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
Pavilions and picnic areas in City parks reopened on Monday, May 25, for informal public use. Gatherings of 10 people or fewer are permitted, and the intended use is for members of the same household to enjoy picnicking. Events such as birthday parties or neighborhood cookouts are prohibited.
Athletic fields are open, but there can be no more than 10 people on the field at one time. The intended use is for kicking a ball, playing catch, etc., and participants must remain 6 feet apart. Tennis courts are open. Basketball courts, soccer pitches and playground equipment are not open. The community pool in Flowers Park is closed.
Functions postponed indefinitely.
GENERAL INFORMATION AND UPDATES
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (guidelines on slowing the spread)
CDC information on how to make a cloth face covering
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
Federal Trade Commission tips on avoiding scams
BACKGROUND ON THE CORONAVIRUS