County cancels public events, some services due to emergency

  • County cancels public events and some services due to Coronavirus emergency.
    County cancels public events and some services due to Coronavirus emergency.

CLAYTON— Meeting in emergency session Friday afternoon, the Rabun County Board of Commissioners agreed to cancel public events at county venues and halt some services due to Coronavirus concerns.

Beginning immediately, the Rabun County Senior Center will be closed, as well as the County Recreation Department, the Rabun County Arena and the Rabun County Library.

However, the Meals on Wheels program and county transportation services will continue.

The library will provide curb-side service to patrons. Their wifi service can be accessed from the library parking lot, said Caroline Frick, library manager.

Separately, Mountain Judicial Circuit Attorney George Christian said Friday that all criminal and civil court activities will be closed next week.

The courthouse and county offices will remain open for now.

Rabun County Elections Supervisor Tammy Whitmire also said Friday that early voting will continue but she encouraged everyone to vote by absentee rather than in person, if possible.

“It’s just going to be a moving target, no question,” said Greg James, Rabun County Commissioner chairman, about other potential county reactions to the Coronavirus threat.

Commissioners agreed to meet again Thursday, March 19 to determine the next steps in dealing with the Coronavirus in Rabun County.

The Clayton Tribune will continue to update this story throughout the weekend.