Tuesday, June 2, 2020

City, court services returning to 'new normal,' Mayor says

Posted By on Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 10:43 AM

As part of what he called "returning to the new normal," Savannah Mayor Van Johnson this morning provided an update on various City services.

"We have resumed regular residential sanitation services. Trash, recycling, yard waste will again be picked up according to regular established schedule," Johnson said.

Anyone visiting a City facility will be required to wear a face covering. "We will provide one if you do not have one."


City employees will have temperature checks upon entering City facilities. "Anyone with a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher won't be allowed into the workplace and will be required to be tested for COVID-19," the Mayor said.

Other measures in City facilities include increasing social distancing in workplaces and upgrading HVAC filtration and circulation.

Johnson reminded people that as of yesterday, bars were allowed to reopen in Georgia.

"I'm glad because I think I need a drink," he joked. "I'm asking that you continue to be safe while supporting our local businesses. We're still under a pandemic — remember to socially distance from others and wash your hands regularly."


Johnson said he was "ecstatic to see so many people wearing face coverings downtown this weekend," especially at the George Floyd rally/protest on Sunday.

Johnson said that Chatham County Courts are expected to reopen June 15 and "they're expecting and predicting huge backlogs in eviction cases."

Hurricane season is also officially under way as of June 1. Johnson emphasized the importance of each family having a plan.

"There were places last year you could go that you may not want to go this year," he said. "So have a special plan." 

About The Author

Jim Morekis

A native Savannahian, Jim has been editor-in-chief of Connect Savannah for 15 years. The University of Georgia graduate is also a travel writer, authoring regional guides in the Moon handbook series...
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