CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

Here’s a list of all of the closings and other things that you may need to know for Savannah, The Coastal Empire and the Low Country during this time; 

Georgia schools and universities

Per Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, ALL K-12 Georgia Public schools will close for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year: however, online learning will continue even as schools are closed for the year.

  • The University System of Georgia has suspended classes for students and transition to online instruction for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester with extremely limited actions. This includes:
    • Savannah State University
    • Georgia Southern University
    • East Georgia State College
  • SCAD announced all spring quarter classes will be offered online only at their Savannah, Atlanta and Lacoste campuses. This includes spring commencement ceremonies.
  • Saint Leo University’s Savannah Education Center classes will move online beginning Monday, March 16
  • Savannah Technical College will remain closed for in-person instruction with limited exceptions through the rest of the Spring 2020 semester and will transition to online learning.
  • GMAS test and all State testing testing has been suspended 

South Carolina schools and universities

Governor Henry McMaster ordered the closure of all public education, K-12 and higher education, effective Monday March 16 through April 30th. In the Lowcountry, this includes but is not limited to:

  • Beaufort County Schools
  • Hampton County School District One and Two
  • Jasper County School District
  • University of South Carolina Beaufort

Sporting events

  • The 2020 Olympics set to start in Summer of 2020 in Tokyo has been postponed to July 23rd to August 8 in 2021.
  • As of now, the NFL is still set to happen on April 23rd – 25th in Las Vegas however no NFL teams or players will be in attendance. 

Groups, organizations and events

  • Savannah Music Festival, which was set to start on March 26, has been cancelled
  • Telfair Museums’ Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, Telfair Academy and the Jepson Center will close until further notice.
  • The Deep Center has paused its in-person programming. Where possible, they’ll continue programs using remote technology
  • The Savannah Philharmonic postponed the Germanic Passion and rescheduled it for Saturday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts
  • The Children of the Holocaust art exhibit has been canceled on both Saturday (AME Bluffton) and Sunday (Beth Yam Temple)
  • 26th Annual Parade of Homes Tour in conjunction with the 35th Annual Lowcountry Home & Garden Show postponed until at least May 15
  • Hilton Head Wingfest 25 benefiting The Carmines Family Recreation Scholarship Fund, postponed until May 2
  • Savannah Civic Center has cancelled all events for the rest of the month into April
  • Men of Liberty City, Inc. has canceled its fish fry scheduled March 21; refunds will be made. Organizers are considering possible dates to reschedule.
  • Gullah Museum of Hilton Head’s All You Can Eat Oyster Roast postponed
  • American Cruise Lines, which stops in Beaufort, has canceled cruises until further notice.
  • City of Savannah’s Golden Age, Therapeutic and Adult Day Care Programs will suspend normal operations beginning Monday, March 16 until further notice
  • Savannah African Art Museum will close immediately until further notice. All museum exhibits, galleries, and tours are closed and all public programs and outreach efforts are on hold.
  • Asbury Memorial Church has suspended all activities and services until further notice. This includes the Asbury Theatre Company’s production of Man of La Mancha, which was set for March 13, 14 and 15.
  • USO suspended all operations Friday, March 13, until further notice. This includes the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport location.
  • The Revenue Office is closed until further notice, and they will NOT disconnect water or sewer service for non-payment through the end of the month.
  • The Small Business Assistance Corporation has federal funds available to assist small businesses in our area. The SBAC Recovery Loan Program will provide immediate financial assistance up to $50,000 for qualified borrowers to replace lost or manage excess inventory, provide cash for payroll or resume normal commercial operations disrupted by closing.  

Other

  • No jury trials will take place at the Chatham County Courthouse through April 10, 2020 due to the judiciary emergency order.  Therefore, those of you who have received a jury summons for the weeks starting March 16th, March 23rd, March 30th, and April 6th, as printed on your summons, your jury service is over and you will not need to report during those weeks nor call the Juror Information Line for reporting instructions.

Those of you who have received a jury summons for a week starting April 13 or later must follow the instructions on your summons and be available to report for jury service if needed during your summons week.   Deferral, excusal, and exemption requests for the weeks starting April 13th or later, must be received at least 5 days before your week of service sent preferably via fax or mail.  Remember for those later weeks you must start calling the juror information line the weekend before your week of service to hear your reporting instructions.

Any changes to the above instructions will be updated as soon as possible on this website and on the Juror Information Line recording.

If you have any further questions regarding a jury summons, please call the Jury Services division at 652-7170 between 2 and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. 

  • Visitation at all Georgia Department of Corrections facilities has been suspended through April 30. Offenders will continue to have access to their loved ones via mail, phone calls, and GOAL devices.
  • South Carolina Department of Corrections has suspended visitation statewide for 30 days
  • The Effingham Senior Center will be closing its doors continuing until April 20th. ALL home delivery meals will continue as scheduled.
  • Georgia Elections Officials have postponed the presidential primary scheduled for March 24 until May 19, the same date as the regular primary for a U.S Senate seat and many others. 
  • The Governor’s Office has a new COVID-19 hotline: 1-844-442-2681. Anyone with questions or concerns about COVID-19 may call this hotline.

Stores and their Hours of Operation 

  • Kroger – 8am to 9pm  *Seniors shopping hour Monday thru Thursday from 7am to 8am 
  • Food Lion – 7am to 10pm *Seniors who are 60 years and older or who are immunocompromised are welcome to shop on Monday and Wednesdays from 7am to 8am.  
  • Walmart Stores and Walmart Neighborhood Stores – 7am to 8pm  *Seniors shopping every Tuesday from 6am to 7am 
  • Whole Foods – 8am to 8pm  *Seniors shopping everyday from 7am to 8am
  • Oglethorpe Mall is closed until further notice.
  • Savannah Mall is closed until April 8th.
  • Fresh Market – 8am to 9pm 
  • Aldi Supermarket – 9am to 9pm 
  • Publix – 8am to 9pm   *Seniors shopping every Tuesday and Wednesday from 7am to 8am 
  • Target – 8am to 9pm   *Seniors, Pregnant customers and customers with pre-existing conditions shop on Wednesdays from 8am to 9am 
  • Walgreens – 9am to 9pm 
  • Red and White 9am to 9pm 
  • Sam’s Club Monday through Saturday from 9am to 8pm Sundays from 10am to 6pm
  • Tanger Outlets will remain open but ONLY during the times of 11am to 7pm Monday through Sunday until further notice. 

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