As the city of Euharlee’s employees return to the office, the Euharlee Welcome Center & History Museum is eyeing a June 13 reopening date.
“We’re following guidelines that are currently set up for museums and other venues of that type,” said Katie Gobbi, director of the Euharlee Welcome Center & History Museum. “I’m a paid staff of one, so our volunteer pool is primarily those that are either elderly or considered medically fragile. Almost our entire volunteer base can’t come in right now, so that could eventually impede operations.”
Situated at 33 Covered Bridge Road, the Euharlee Welcome Center & History Museum is operated by the city of Euharlee and the Euharlee Historical Society.
“I think we’re all looking toward the future and are hopeful that we’ll be able to get back to what everybody’s calling a ‘new normal,’” Gobbi said. “I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve had at home with my son. That’s been the real bright spot in all of this. However it’s been difficult for a lot of people to not be able to interact with the public.
“That’s the primary aspect of my job and what our volunteers here do. We preserve our history, and we share it with the public. To not be able to have done that in the way we’ve done that in the past has been for the lack of a better word — surreal.”
Along with the history museum, the city also provided other updates to its services and operations Monday.
According to its Facebook page, “The mayor, city council members, city manager and chief of police would like to let you know that we are in constant contact with our local and federal counterparts during this time of crisis. As the mayor and city manager get daily updates, they will continue to pass on the information to the citizens of Euharlee.”
Due to “the situation with COVID-19 and in compliance with state of Georgia guidelines for reopening,” the post shared Euharlee City Hall is now open to the public Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Along with requesting people call 770-386-1542 prior to their arrival, city officials recommend individuals wear a face covering.
The document also shared Euharlee Police Department’s administrative office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; city parks still are closed, except for walking trails; May and June municipal court dates are postponed; facility rentals remain canceled through June 12, with fees to be refunded; and city council meetings are resuming at city hall, with the next one being today at 7 p.m., and available for public viewing via the city’s Facebook page.
While COVID-19 concerns already canceled Food Truck Friday’s April and May offerings, the entire 2020 series was canceled Monday. Established in 2014, the event was set to kick off at Frankie Harris Park in June with the Donny Hammonds Band.
“It’s a sad announcement,” Gobbi said about canceling the series that features music concerts, vendors and food trucks. “It’s one of our favorite events to have in our city. It’s so much fun and right now I think we could all use some fun.
“However that event draws upwards of 1,000-plus people. Even though it is outdoors, it’s still in close proximity and people spend a lot of time at those events close by to each other. It would be very difficult to adhere to any social distancing guidelines.”
Further details or future updates can be obtained by visiting the city’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Euharleega.