• Union County COVID-19 Updates

    At the Blairsville-Union County Chamber, we are charged with promoting not only this beautiful area’s industries and businesses, but also the general welfare of all its residents and visitors. Normally, this means we get the fun job of promoting the aspects of our area that will help grow our community and our economy – aspects like ribbon-cuttings, festivals, parades, markets and so much more that bring people together and enrich the lives of our residents and visitors. Right now, however, our task at hand is much more serious.

    We know that with the spread of COVID-19 and the subsequent closures all around the country, this is an uncertain and unprecedented time, and we want you to know that our first priority will always be our residents and visitors of Union County. We are working with state and federal agencies to ensure we are adhering to all governmental regulations and recommendations to keep our community healthy and operational.

    We will be updating this page frequently with the latest information regarding the novel coronavirus as it pertains to Union County, so be sure to check back often. For the latest information on COVID-19 in the United States, please visit the Center for Disease Control’s website.

    Update: From the Governor: Reviving a Healthy Georgia

    Update: The official “order” referencing Phase One re-opening of some businesses – signed by Governor Kemp today can be FOUND HERE.

    Update: Order suspending short-term rentals excluding hotels/motels and campgrounds.

    Update: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide is a first-of-its-kind resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic.

    Update: Order renews state of Emergency through May 13, 2020 and extends shelter in place through April 30, 2020. Click here to see order.

    Update: The National Forest Service has announced closures in the state of Georgia.  Find that information here.

    Update: The Union County Courthouse will be closed through Friday, April 10, 2020 for professional cleaning due to possible exposure to COVID-19. The office will re-open on April 13.  We apologize for the inconvenience, but everyone’s safety is our utmost concern.

    Update: Governor Brian Kemp’s April 8, 2020 orders in response to COVID-19:

    State of Union County

    While we are encouraging everyone to stay home and practice social distancing, we also recognize that time out of the house is essential to staying calm and finding peace during times like these. At this time, some local businesses and restaurants remain open and are taking extra sanitation precautions to ensure the health and safety of their staff and guests. This is not an endorsement or recommendation by the Blairsville/Union County Chamber of Commerce. Please adhere to the CDC for guidelines and best practices during this time. While being outside can help improve your mood, it does not decrease your chances of getting or spreading the virus. Again, please adhere to the CDC for best practices. 

    To keep yourself and those around you safe, please adhere to the CDC’s best practices for preventing the spread of disease including:

    • Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds;
    • Use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol;
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or into your elbow; and
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been affected by this. We are doing everything in our power to ensure we keep the residents and visitors of our community safe during this time, and we appreciate your help with these efforts. We are a strong community and we have no doubt we will come out of this even stronger.

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