We are continuing to monitor the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic and will report any official announcements on this page.
Emergency Order effective 3/28/2020 – 4/13/2020
All individuals currently living within the territorial limits of unincorporated Gwinnett County are directed to stay at their place of residence unless otherwise allowed herein. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces,they must at all times as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence. All persons may leave their place of residence only for Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses.
All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a household or living unit are prohibited.
DCS offices will now be operating under modified hours. Offices are open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00am-2:00pm. Staff will still be available by phone during regular business hours which are 8:00am-4:30pm.
Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS)
Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, all DHS offices will encourage customers to use self-service options and telephonic communication as a primary means to conduct business. Individuals requiring in-person consultation will be seen by appointment only.
Gwinnett County Jail
*Gwinnett County Detention Center inmates will no longer receive in-person visitation due to concerns about the coronavirus. *
Deputy Shannon Volkodav said jail management has been in regular communication with county health officials, as well as its contracted medical provider to ensure they are following the best prevention protocol available.
“We have added coronavirus screening to the medical screening portion of our intake process and educated our staff on preventative measures,” she said. “We have procedures in place for staff to immediately report any suspected case of coronavirus.”
“Any visitors with an elevated temperature that warrants concern will not be permitted further entrance to the building,” Volkodav said.
While the jail has not had a reason to do so, Volkodav said, the facility does have the ability to administer coronavirus testing onsite should it become necessary.
Department of Labor
For the protection of employees and customers, the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) is temporarily closing its career centers to the public beginning Wednesday, March 18. The centers will remain open for employees to ensure the agency can support the needs of its customers and continue to process unemployment claims.
To promote the safety of employees and visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, the hours that the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center is open to the public will be limited effective today. The main entrance of GJAC will be open to the public from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. The building is normally open to the public 8:00am to 10:00pm on weekdays.
People who must visit GJAC in person are urged to follow CDC guidelines of keeping six feet apart, washing hands frequently, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia has issued a declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency through April 13, 2020. Therefore, the Gwinnett County Clerk of Court’s office will be operating at a reduced capacity beginning Monday, March 16th. This will mean longer wait times if you choose to do business with the Clerk’s office during this period. This is subject to change as the National health situation changes. Please check our website or call our main number (770-822-8100) before coming to the courthouse.
Gwinnett County Solicitor’s Office
*The Record Restriction Summit originally planned for March 20th has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.*
Amid growing concerns of a wide-spread COVID-19 outbreak, as well as the standing order signed by Chief Judge George F. Hutchinson III, the Gwinnett County Solicitor’s Office will be closed from March 16 to March 27th. This time is subject to change.
The Gwinnett County Solicitor’s Office feels it’s necessary to take action to slow down the spread of COVID-19. All defendants and witnesses with scheduled court dates druing this time will receive new court dates in the mail. We would like to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation during this time.
Gwinnett County Public Library System:
As a precaution to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), all GCPL locations are closed until further notice. Book drops are closed at this time. All overdue fines are suspended.
Department of Driver Services:
The Department of Driver Services will resume in-person operations on April 1, 2020, to provide limited Commercial Driver Services, by appointment only. The health and safety of DDS employees and its’ customers are of the utmost importance. The agency will follow all established guidelines as recommended by the CDC and state health authorities regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic.
Customers are urged to consult DDS Online Services at www.dds.georgia.gov or download the free mobile app, DDS 2 GO for their driver services during this emergency period.
Presidential Preference Primary:
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has moved the March 24 Presidential Preference Primary to coincide with the state and local primary on May 19, 2020.
Early voting at all Gwinnett County advance in person voting sites will be suspended starting Sunday, March 15, 2020.
Every vote already cast, whether by mail or in person, will be counted in May for the Presidential Preference Primary along with votes cast in the state and local primary.
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