Announcements and Community Resources to Help

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Updated 3/24/20

Public Health Updates:

Stay at Home: City of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has issued a Stay at Home order in effect until April 7 instructing people to stay home. Essential businesses, including grocery stores and restaurants, are exempted. Read the executive order here.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Limits Restaurants To Take-Out Service - March 19, 2020 - Bars, gyms will be closed, while, restaurants are limited to take-out service and delivery.

CDC Advises Staying Home Whenever Possible, Avoiding Social Gatherings - March 16, 2020 - Put distance between yourself and other people, avoid interactions with groups of more than 10 people, avoid discretionary travel, wash your hands often.

Updated 3/26/20

Resident and Atlanta Public Schools Updates:

District 2 Councilmember Amir Farokhi led a series of town halls for the small business and hospitality community, residents, and the arts and culture community here. His office also has a COVID-19 resource page here

Updated 3/25/20

Transportation Updates:

MARTA Announces Reduced Rail and Bus Service - March 25, 2020 - Rail service will operate on a weekend schedule beginning Monday, March 30, except for start time which will remain the regular weekday start time to complement bus service. Bus service will be reduced on central routes, including the 110 that operates between Arts Center in Midtown and Buckhead. 

MARTA Suspends Bus Fares Starting Thursday March 26 - Bus riders can ride at no cost to go out for essential services such as doctor visits and groceries, and to report to essential jobs.

MARTA Continues Bus, Rail and Paratransit Service at Normal Levels While Taking Precautions - March 13, 2020 - Additional safety measures in place including deep cleaning fleet and stations.

SRTA Xpress Bus Service to Operate on Reduced Schedule Starting Monday, March 23 - Commuters should check the SRTA website for updates and changes.

Updated 3/18/20

How to Help People in Need and How to Get Help:

The Giving Kitchen - Help support food service workers with compassion and care by providing financial assistance to those whose restaurants have been forced to change operations, cancel gatherings and even close. Make a one-time donation or pitch in as a company through the Pass the Hat program. 

United Way of Greater Atlanta/Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Recovery Fund - Donate to provide immediate support to those most vulnerable to the economic and health-related issues caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. The funds will go toward emergency assistance, health services and additional critical needs such as childcare and food. 

Crossroads Ministries provides daily meal services in Clyde’s Kitchen, but has altered its daily services to providing only sack lunches due to the outbreak. They are in need of bottled water or full sack lunches to be dropped off at Clyde’s Kitchen any weekday between 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. You can also make a financial donation. Learn more about how to help. 

Midtown Assistance Center helps thousands of people experiencing homelessness or on the verge of homelessness every year. Currently, MAC’s offices are closed due to the COVID-19, but they are still accepting cases to assist with paying rent and utilities and could use your help.

Atlanta Children’s Shelter’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty for families facing homelessness by building pathways to long-term self-sufficiency and avoiding quality early childhood education. Their offices are currently closed, but you can make a donation online.

Community Friendship offers a comprehensive range of recovery-based programs for those with mental illnesses in Atlanta. It provides support and training in self-sufficiency and independent living, career development and full integration in the community. CFI accepts financial contributions and donations of supplies to reduce program expenses — see a list online. 

Open Hand delivers over 5,000 healthy meals to Atlantans every day. Volunteer or make a financial donation. 

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer provides daily meals to those who are food insecure or experiencing unstable housing. It is providing “to go” lunches from 10:30-11:30 a.m. from Monday to Friday at its location at 731 Peachtree Street. We accept donations of prepackaged snack foods, canned vegetables, rice, and noodles for soup. Financial gifts can be made on the church's website.

American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. As of March 18th, more than 4,500 blood drives have been canceled across the country, resulting in about 150,000 fewer blood donations. The organization is taking measures to keep the donation process safe for staff and donors.  


Updated 3/25/20

COVID-19 Legal Guidance and Market Info for Employers and Business Owners

Fisher Phillips, a workplace law firm with offices in Midtown, created this online resource center for businesses that includes FAQs, legal advisories, templates and forms to help deal with the implications of the coronavirus pandemic.

Capital Analytics, publisher of the "Focus" annual market summary for Atlanta and other cities, has opened its library of publications and is waiving content fees for everyone for a limited time. Learn more here.

District 2 Councilmember Amir Farokhi led a virtual town hall for small businesses on March 24. Read a recap of what was discussed.

Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau has a list of ways to help or get help as a result of the coronavirus crisis in Atlanta. Here are resources for the hospitality community and beyond. 


Federal, State and Local Economic Relief Updates:

White House, Congress Reach Agreement on $2T Relief Package - March 25, 2020 - U.S. lawmakers have agreed to the terms of a comprehensive federal relief package that will go to the president for approval. 

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Creates $7 Million Fund to Assist Those Impacted by COVID-19 - March 17, 2020 - Resources are designated to fund emergency assistance to food programs for children and seniors, homeless preparedness, support to small businesses, assistance to hourly wage earners and other areas adversely impacted by COVID-19.

Governor Brian Kemp Signs Amended Fiscal Year 2020 Budget - March 17, 2020 - Gov. Kemp amended Georgia’s fiscal year 2020 budget with $100 million in emergency funding to address the spread of COVID-19.

Small Business Administration to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Business Impacted by COVID-19 - March 12, 2020 - The loans offer up to $2 million in assistance to a small business.