City of McDonough shuts down all city buildings, parks, restrooms to general public due to COVID-19

McDONOUGH—The city of McDonough has shut down all parks, public restrooms and city buildings to its citizens.

According to an update from the city, “All city of McDonough government buildings will remain closed to the public until further notice. Closures include McDonough City Hall, Municipal Court, Police Department, Fire Stations, Public Works, Main Street Welcome Center, and the C.O. Polk Museum.

“All city parks and restrooms have been closed until further notice, including Alexander Park East, Alexander Park West, Avalon Park, HOPE Park, Richard Craig Park, and Rufus Stewart Park. During the closure, we will be pressure washing and sanitizing the restrooms and playgrounds to ensure they are ready for when they are reopened.

The city also will not cut off water for now “(o)ut of consideration for the well-being of our citizens” but “will reevaluate the timeframe as the situation develops.” Meanwhile, the city says all customers should keep making their regular payments online, by phone, at the drop box or at the drive-through. The city also will credit the convenience fee for payment online or by phone back to your account.

The Community Development Department will only accept inspection requests “for items that are immediately ready for inspection, with the condition that inspectors must be allowed to conduct inspections of the subject property unattended to comply with social distancing precautions.” You can still buy a permit by phone using a credit card and it will be sent to you via e-mail.

All city and Main Street events have been cancelled “until further notice” in light of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations about social distancing.

“There has been no determination made relative to convening the April 2, 2020 City Council Workshop,” the notice read. “(H)owever, we are looking into various options.”

Apologizing for the inconvenience, the notice thanked citizens for their patience “as we work to ensure that decisions are made in the best interest of our employees and the public.”

For more information, visit these websites:

City of McDonough

Henry County Board of Health

Georgia Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Henry Herald’s special COVID-19 coverage

The City of McDonough has taken several steps to protect the health and safety of employees and the public. In addition to these steps, the City of McDonough encourages everyone to adhere to virus mitigation guidelines from the CDC to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19. For more information, visit the CDC’s website at

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