Current Information for Towns County
COVID - 19 Resources
COVID - 19 Hotline - 1-844-422-2681
- Towns County Emergency Management Agency
- Georgia Department of Public Health
- Center for Disease Control
- Office of Georgia Governor, Brian Kemp
- Business Guidance Regarding State and Local Ordinances
Current Press Releases
- March 31, 2020: Towns County Commisioner, All Towns County residents are encouraged to "shelter in place." Any person who is a resident of a State, City , or County subject to a stay-at-home ORder or restriction adn not physcially in Towns County, shall not be allowed to enter the County limits.
- March 30, 2020: Mayor of Hiawassee, The City of Hiawassee is closing to all tourists and leisure visitors. Effective immediately, no lodging establishment shall accept reservations until further notice.
- March 27, 2020: Towns County Commissioner, Guidelines for campground owners/operators to abide by.
- March 26, 2020: Governor Kemp, Issues order closing public elementary and secondary schools for in-person instrucion through April 24, 2020. Students may return to school on April 27, 2020.
- Effective March 26, 2020: Towns County Commissioner, Restaurants shall close to the public except for drive thru, delivery, or curbside services. All establishments providing body care services which require physical contact between the provider and client - shall be closed for business. Please see full Emergency Administrative Order for details.
- Effective March 24, 2020: Mayor of Hiawassee, The City will not disconnect utility service due to non-payment. Restaurants will be limited to delivery, drive thru, or take out only. No dine in service willbe available. Please see full Emergency Declaration
- March 23, 2020: Governor Kemp, Issued Executive Order requiring individuals with increased risk of complications from Covid-19 to isolate, quarantine, or shelter in place. This order will close all bars, nightclubs, and ban gatherings of 10 people or more unless you can maintain at least six feet between people at all times.
- May 28, 2020 Governor Kemp Executive Order #1
- Nay 28, 2020 Governor Kemp Executive Order #2
- CARES Act Summary from National Association of Tax Professionals
- CARES Act Summary from Georgia Chamber
- Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act
- CARES Act and SBA Funding now open to non-profits including 501c6 organizations.
- Forbes - Getting Cash For Your Small Business Through the CARES Act
- Paycheck Protection Program
- Restaurant Employee Relief Fund Through this fund, $500 grants will be made to restaurant industry employees on a first-come, first-servce basis.
- Georgia Department of Labor for information for displaced employees and employers - make sure you check out this website if you are reducing your staff during these uncertain times. Help your employees with the information they need to file for unemployment.
- Internal Revenue Service income tax filing information.
- Guidelines issued by Georgia Governor's office on 4-30-20 for reopening businesses:
Food Pantry - Please continue to check on your elderly relatives and neighbors in our community. Several food pantries are still open for food pick-up and delivery.
- Towns County Food Pantry is available by appointment only. Please call (706) 896-4783 and leave a message including your name and working telephone number.
- North Mount Zion Church of God, currently offers a weekly drive thru food pantry. 3rd Thrusday of each month, 10:00am - 12:00pm. Other Thursdays of month, 9:00am - 12:00pm.
- Clay County Food Pantry, pick up is on Friday only from 9:00am - 1:00pm. Emergency contact Fred Sickel (828) 361-6202
- Matt’s Ministry, pick up is on Saturday from 10:00am - 12:00pm. Emergency contact, Sharon Hayden (828) 361-6441
- Blue Ridge Mountain EMC is meeting the needs of our at-home students by providing free hotspots in the 5 counties they service (see adjacent map). The Wireless SSID name is "Student."
- Several other businesses in Towns County have also agreed to make their WI-FI available in their parking lots and that list is HERE
- Through May 12, Windstream will not suspend service to residential and small business customers because of inability to pay their bills. Also, Windstream will waive any late fees because of customers economic circumstances specifically related to the coronavirus pandemic. Discounts also are available for low income customers through the Lifeline Assistance Program. For full details see their COVID-19 Resource Page. Call Michael Barrett for specific needs 706-781-3721.
Fun and Educational Tools for Families and Children
Here are several websites to visit that offer free online courses, virtual museum tours, gardening tutorials, etc. for you and your family to enjoy while staying safe at home.
- Art, DIY and Inspiration
- Virtual Tours of 12 Famous Museums
- Get Georgia Reading Campaign - offering 64,000 digital books - Click Link - enter Get Georgia Reading under school name; for Username enter "townscounty" (or the county you live using no space); and for password enter "read". Click the Sign In button and start reading!
- Grow with Google
- Free, online, boredum busting resources
- Online tutorial and classes for vegetable gardening
- Free Daily Online Kids Workouts
- Yale's Most Popular Course - Free Online - The Science of Well Being
- Explore Georgia From Home, A Complete List of Virtual Tours
- Take a Virtual Tour of 5 National Parks
- Smithsonian Science Education Center Interactive Guide for Youth 8 - 17 yrs.