The statewide COVID-19 stay-at-home order is now in effect. It follows on the heels of the Wake County order, which took effect March 27. When you see differences between the state's rules and Wake County's, the stricter regulation is the one Wake County residents should follow. Please don't lose sight of the main message in both orders: Stay at home when at all possible. Stay well, stay home.
Mayor Marshburn's address to residents concerning the Wake County stay-at-home order:
Cancellations, Closings and Modifications
The Town of Garner has cancelled upcoming Town events, programs and facility rentals. In addition, Town buildings will remain closed until further notice (see How to Conduct Business During Closures section below for details on development services submittals and options for paying utility or tax bills). Here is a summary of Town or Town-related cancellations, closures and modifications:
- All upcoming Town events have been cancelled, including Eggstravaganza, April Foods Day Food Truck Rodeo, The Wall That Heals at Lake Benson Park and all performances at the Garner Performing Arts Center (GPAC).
- All programming at the Senior Center has been cancelled. Please visit the Meals on Wheels website for updates on that organization's service.
- All of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources' adult, youth and preschool athletic leagues; open gym; and youth programs have been postponed until further notice.
- After-school programs are cancelled for at least as long as Wake County Public Schools remain closed.
- All facility and shelter rentals are cancelled. This includes the remaining small event rentals at White Deer Park Nature Center and at any Town parks.
- The Lake Benson Boathouse has been closed indefinitely.
- Use of playground equipment in Town parks and other public parks in Wake County is prohibited until at least April 30.
- The schedule for the spring unprepared trash and yard waste collection has been modified. Public Works will complete the week of March 23 routes that were scheduled to get spring unprepared trash and yard waste collection but postpone the next two weeks of unprepared trash and yard waste pickup (the weeks of March 30 and April 6) until at least April 20. Once crews resume their work, they will try to complete the remaining unprepared trash and yard waste routes as quickly as possible. You can keep items at the curb if you wish. REGULAR WEEKLY SOLID WASTE PICKUP IS ON AS SCHEDULED.
- The dropbox at Town Hall is no longer available for submitting utility and tax bill payments (see the How to Conduct Business During Closures section below for payment options).
Please continue to visit this page for updates to this list and also stay connected to the Town through social media.
Here is a listing of things that remain open or are continuing as scheduled:
- Town of Garner parks, trails and greenways remain open; however, we implore visitors to use good social distancing practices (staying at least 6 feet from others whenever possible).
- As of now, Town Council meetings will be held as scheduled. Town Council meetings are live streamed at facebook.com/townofgarner and recordings are available (generally by the next day) at youtube.com/townofgarner.
Help Slow the Spread
Here are essential health tips that public-health professionals are recommending to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus:
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects.
- Follow CDC's recommendations for using a facemask.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Practice social distancing, which means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, staying home when possible and maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others when you do go out.
In addition, CDC has published this webpage on how to protect communities from COVID-19.
How to Conduct Business During Closures
Town buildings are now closed to the public until further notice. Here are online ways to conduct business with the Town of Garner, Wake County Tax Office and the City of Raleigh (provider of water and sewer service to Garner residents):
- Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources program registration system
- City of Raleigh utility bill payment portal
- Wake County Tax Office
NOTE: In response to the expanding COVID-19 public health emergency, Raleigh Water has suspended all water account disconnects due to non-payment of City of Raleigh utility bills. For more information about this temporary policy, contact City of Raleigh public information officer Julia Milstead at 919-996-3100.