Swimming Pools cleared to open: Memorial Day opening planned for Doyle Street Pool

Updated: May 13

UPDATE: Although Gov. Brian Kemp's new Executive Order, issued tonight, May 12, has extended the mandated closure of bars, nightclubs and live performance venues, a press office representative at the Governor's office has confirmed that swimming pools, which were ordered closed along with bars and nightclubs in previous Orders, will be allowed to open under the new Order, which goes into effect on May 14.


Public swimming pool facilities must adhere to social distancing guidelines as well as the strict set of safety measures mandated for a non critical infrastructure businesses that operate in-person services - especially close-contact businesses.


"Operators need to contact their local health department to determine if and when they need an inspection, what local mandates apply, etc. The Governor’s order still requires that, even if they are open, users must comply with social distancing mandates, and the large gathering ban applies where more than ten people in a single location must maintain at least six feet between each person," states a document provided to ConnectLocal this evening.

Many Toccoa City COVID-19 policies and procedures will continue until June 12.


Discussions are being held between city officials and Campfire representatives about details for the planned opening, and regulations on group sizes and a one-hour block reservation system for parties and groups are under consideration, Morse said during the regular Toccoa City Commission meeting yesterday, May 11.


Morse detailed additional updates to they city’s COVID-19 policies and procedures as follows:


  • City Hall will remain closed to walk-in traffic for at least two more weeks and probably till the Governor's Declaration expires on June 12th.

  • City Court will be held on May 14th. Cases will be staggered to limit individuals in City Hall. Sanitizing and distancing guidelines will be followed.

  • All TCC and Board Meetings in May will be handled by teleconference.

  • The drive-through is now open 8a.m. until 5 p.m.

  • City staff will continue to work remotely and stagger shifts where possible.

  • There are no plans to open Pings Restaurant anytime soon.

  • Reopen The Links golf Course on May 14th. Sanitary and distancing guidelines will be followed.

  • The next scheduled event at Lake Toccoa is not until June 27th.

  • There are no City-sponsored events scheduled until July.

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