March 27 UPDATE: Businesses closing and services

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UNION COUNTY, Ga – As COVID-19 cases continue to grow, many businesses are adjusting their schedule to keep everyone safe during this national crisis. Below, you will find information about all closing announcements or hour changes.

Many stores and restaurants in the area are offering services that accommodate the CDC guidelines for all-Americans, you can find an up-to-date list in the business section. However, other businesses are closing for the foreseeable future.

Update: March 27, 2020

GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC SERVICES

  • United States Forest Service has closed all campgrounds.
  • Transfer Station is open regular hours. Just practice social distancing.
  • Vogel State Park has closed all pavilions and isn’t allowing group gatherings.
  • Union County Schools are closed until April 24.
  • The courthouse is closed to outside traffic unless special permission is granted.
  • Transit service suspended until further notice.
  • Civic Center is closed to rentals.
  • County Maintenance is operational full-time but is practicing social distancing.
  • Union County Family Connection will not be in the office for the rest of the week (March 16 – 20) and ask people not to drop off food items until further notice.
  • The Union County Commissioner’s office will be available by phone at 706-439-6000 or via email at commissioner@uniongov.com. Union County Commission March 24 meeting is canceled.
  • Chamber of Commerce office is closed and all external membership meetings nad programs are postponed. Office staff is working remotely.
  • Union County Geographic Information System (GIS) is available by phone at 706.439.6014 or email at ucgis@uniongov.com.
  • Union County Fire Department and EMA is closed to the public. The office is available by phone at 706-439-6091 or via email at ucfdclerk@uniongov.com.
  • Union County Clerk’s Office is operating with limited access pursuant to the Order Declaring Judicial Emergency.
  • District Attorney’s Office is maintaining essential operations in accordance with the Judicial Emergency. Anyone who visits the office will be required to use hand sanitizer and to confirm that they answer “no” to the five risk factor questions.
  • Magistrate Court is closed until April 14, excluding essential business, call 706 439-6008 with questions.
  • Probate Court is closed to the public but will continue doing business by mail or online. It is not accepting walk-in customers, issuing orders, or conducting non-essential hearings, trials, or services. If an emergency arises, contact the office by telephone to schedule an appointment. If anyone needs to renew their gun permit, the expiration date has extended until the end of the “emergency period.” New permits are not being issued at this time.
  • Public Defender’s Office asks clients to call the Blairsville office to speak to their attorney or to make an appointment at 706.439.6006.
  • Registrar’s Office is encouraging voters to cast ballots by mail for the May 19 primary, visit mvp.sos.ga.gov or contact the registrar at 706.439.6016.
  • Senior Center is closed through the end of March.
  • Tax Assessor’s Office is only accepting in-person applications for Homestead and Specialized Exemptions, Conservation, and all personal property reporting forms until April 1. They will also be accepted by mail. Field appraisers will still be visiting properties.
  • Tax Commissioner’s Office is closed to public access. Tags can be renewed by phone and the office has waived the credit card fee for mail renewals. Tag renewals can also be completed at dor.georgia.gov. Mobile home property taxes are now due on June 1 and can be paid by phone or online at uniongatax.com. The credit card fee will apply.
  • Alcohol permits can still be applied for and picked up, but people must call to make an appointment first. Only one person is allowed in the office at one time.
  • Building and Inspection are allowing one person in the office at a time. Please call or email to schedule an inspection or ask questions. If you are applying for a permit, please call or email to set up an appointment.
  • Union County Sheriff’s Office has limited public access to buildings and closed the jail. Video visitation is available at jailatm.com.
  • CSRA Probation Services will be closed to the public, however, they may be reached by phone at 706-781-1882 during regular business hours Monday – Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 5 P.M.
  • Community service work activity is suspended until further notice.
  • Union County Historical Society has closed to the public.
  • Blairsville City Hall has its walk-up window open and continuing normal hours of operation. Customers can also place payments in the night drop box, pay by phone by calling 706-745-2000 or online at www.blairsville-ga.gov. Council meetings will be held by teleconference and those wishing in joining can find the number prior to the meeting on the city website.
  • Municipal court has been postponed until May 11.
  • Police department will remain open, but ask the
  • public to call in reports. Fines can be paid over the phone or online.
  • Civic Center is closed for all rentals until further notice. Businesses inside the Civic Center are open by appointment only.
  • Union County Extension/4-H is still open for business in the Civic Center. However, we will only be available by appointment only.
  • Women’s Enrichment Center is closed for at least a week.
  • Union General Hospital Child Care Services are now only available to children affiliated with the UGH System/medical community.
  • Union County Public Library is closed until further notice. Wi-fi extends into the parking lot.
  • Meeks Parks is a wi-fi hotspot.
  • Notla Water Authority has closed the Drinking Water Laboratory lobby. Additionally, the credit card fee is waived and not “locking off water for this billing cycle.
  • Union County Recreation Department has canceled all in-person classes, effective immediately due to concerns about the virus. However online classes will continue to be available to the public.
  • Georgia Department of Corrections has suspended inmate visitation statewide.
  • Georgia Supreme Court has declared a statewide emergency to halt all non-essential court business.

MEDICAL SERVICES

  • Chatuge Regional Hospital – LOCKDOWN – until further notice. All doors will be locked and remain locked EXCEPT for main entry. NO VISITATIONS.
  • Fannin Regional Hospital – NO VISITATIONS until further notice.
  • Union General Hospital – LOCKDOWN  – until further notice. All doors will be locked and remain locked EXCEPT for main entry. NO VISITATIONS.
  • Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital – NO VISITATIONS.

EVENTS

  • All organized Recreation events have been canceled. The civic center and all gymnasiums are closed.
  • Union County Recreation Department’s Daddy Daughter Dance is canceled. Ticket holders will receive a call.
  • 4-H Activities have been postponed until further notice.
  • Eggs and Issues with Lamar Paris – Postponed
  • Union County Pickleball Court Dedication – Postponed
  • Misty Mountain Guild – Canceled
  • Easter Egg Hunt – Canceled
  • Cruise-ins on the square – Canceled until further notice.
  • Meeks Park Pavilions and Choestoe Schoolhouse are not available for rent until further notice.
  • All playgrounds and outside exercise areas are closed.
  • Meeks Park is open for Walking Trails and Kayaking access for local residents only.

BUSINESSES

  • All restaurants in the city and county have closed on-premise dining. Carry out, curbside, and drive-thru remain open.
  • Gyms, salons, social clubs, amusement facilities, massage parlors, hair and nail salons, and any other similar facility under city jurisdiction are closed under the state of emergency ends.
  • Businesses that provide “body care services which require physical contact between the provider and client, including but not limited to, barbering, hair design, cosmetology, massage therapy, body waxing, or nail care are closed until April 30 or the end of the state of emergency.
  • The Hair Shoppe is closed until March 31 at least.
  • Techwizards of Blairsville has closed for two weeks.
  • The Hole in the Wall is closed
  • Mike’s Seafood is closed.
  • Home Depot is closing at 6 p.m.
  • Cabin Coffee Company is offering order pick-ups and is limiting the number of people in their establishment to 25 at a time.
  • Abide Coffee is closed.
  • Zaxby’s has closed its dining room. The drive-thru window is still open.
  • Dollar General is open exclusively to senior citizens during its first hour of operation.
  • Castoff Pet Rescue Thrift Store is closed.
  • Lunch Bell Shop is closed.
  • Motor Sports Plus will allow customers to drop vehicles outside and then call in to discuss work. The 3 percent fee for paying over the phone is also waived.
  • Copeland’s Burgers and Southern Eats is closed.
  • Dan’s Grill is closing their dining area and utilizing curbside pick-up.
  • Kenya L. Patton, Attorney at Law’s office opens by appointment until further notice.
  • Blue Ridge Mountain EMC (BRMEMC) has closed the lobby and drive-thru window until Monday, April 6.
  • Blairsville Skillet Cafe is offering curbside service for call-in orders. Customers need to notify the restaurant of their arrival by calling, and someone will bring their order out to them.
  • G & G Bakery is offering pick-up and curbside services.
  • Papa’s Pizza’s dining room is closed until April 1, but online ordering and takeout is still available.
  • Walmart will be open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. until April 28. First hour of operation on Tuesday is dedicated to senior citizens.
  • Ingles will open at 7 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. and the in-store Starbucks will close at 8 p.m.  Ingles has dedicated the first hour of operations on Tuesday and Wednesday to senior shoppers, first responders, and those with compromised immune systems.
  • Chick-fil-a is moving to a drive-thru and mobile-only restaurant for the foreseeable future.
  • Michaelee’s Italian Life Caffe is open for carry out and curbside.
  • Longhorn’s Steakhouse’s dining room is closed. Takeout and curbside are still available.
  • Melissa’s Customs Cakes is open curbside and takeout options.
  • Twisted Pizza is open for curbside and takeout options.
  • Nani’s Restaurant is open for curbside and takeout options.
  • Dixie Confexions is encouraging curbside and takeout options.
  • The Aviator Café is encouraging curbside and takeout options.
  • Blairsville Restaurant is encouraging drive-thru or curbside service.
  • The View Grill is encouraging curbside and takeout options.
  • Sicily’s Pizza, Pasta & Subs is encouraging curbside and takeout options.
  • Huddle House is encouraging curbside and takeout options.
  • The Sawmill Place and Market is encouraging curbside and takeout options. Also beginning a meal kit program with more details to come.
  • Downtown Pizza Company is encouraging curbside and takeout options. Also, selling pizza kits.
  • The Sushi Shack is closed.
  • Lala’s Kitchen – A Taste of Latin America is encouraging curbside and takeout options.
  • K & L Gyros is open for takeout.
  • The Tin Roof Country Store & Creamery is encouraging curbside and takeout options.
  • Wendy’s dining room is closed, encouraging drive-thru and curbside service.
  • McDonald’s dining room is closed, encouraging drive-thru and curbside service.
  • Taco Bell & KFC dining room is closed, encouraging drive-thru and curbside service.
  • Beautiful Things is offering free local delivery and curbside service available with call-ahead purchase.
  • Beads, Bags & Beyond is closed.
  • Persaud Jewelers asks for customers to call ahead as hours may fluctuate.
  • Sharon’s Fashions is closed.
  • The Humane Society Thrift Store is closed.
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore is closed.
  • Sugar Magnolia Gifts & Interiors is closed.
  • Pat’s Hallmark Shop is offering free shipping and curbside pickup.
  • Blairsville Animal Hospital is only seeing patients at curbside unless there is an emergency. Pet’s prescription refills and dietary needs can also be filled from its online pharmacy, https://blairsvilleanimalhospital.vetsfirstchoice.com and shipped at no additional charge.
  • American Cowboy Store is offering a drive up to the warehouse for pick up option for feed and supplies only.
  • Nelson Tractor Company is offering curbside parts pickup.
  • Sundance Gallery is closed, but offering online ordering and can ship or arrange a pick-up for items.

If you know of any additional closings, services, or hour changes, please email lauren@fetchyournews.com and we’ll add the business to the list.

As of March 26, Union County doesn’t have a confirmed case of COVID-19. The Georgia Department of Public Health releases confirmed cases data, each day at noon and 7 p.m.

 

1 Comment

  1. Dustin King March 21, 2020 at 7:20 am

    WAL-MART HAS CHANGED THERE HOURS TO 7 AM TO 8:30 PM SIGNS ARE ON DOORS

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