COVID-19 Response

City of Woodstock Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response 

Updated March 26, 2020

In an effort to communicate during this rapidly changing situation, the City of Woodstock will place all communications related to the COVID-19 pandemic here.


COVID-19 Hotline

The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline. If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility. Hotline: (844) 442-2681


Consistent with public health recommendations regarding the practice of social distancing, the City of Woodstock has enacted the following measures:

- The City of Woodstock strongly encourages residents to limit travel and remain indoors as much as possible during this crisis to limit the spread of the virus.

- City playgrounds are closed. Parks and trails remain open with encouragement of users to practice social distancing in accordance with public health recommendations.

- Ordered closure of dining rooms in restaurants, athletic facilities and private instruction studios where more than 10 people congregate through April 12, 2020.

- In accordance with public health recommendations and the Governor's Executive Order No. 03.23.20.01, required businesses that remain open to serve the public must take the necessary steps to restrict in person contact and maintain a distance of 6 feet between individuals while in the establishment.

- Suspended enforcement of the noise ordinance as it relates to deliveries.

- Suspended enforcement of the temporary sign ordinance.

- Granted temporary package licenses to consumption on premises license holders to allow for the sale of unopened packages of beer and wine.

- City Hall Annex and other facilities remain open for business, but closed for public access. Citizens are encouraged to use on-line resources to pay bills, obtain reports or permits and do other business with the city. 

- All public events have been cancelled through April 30.


Executive Orders (EO):

March 25, 2020 - EO#5 - further limiting business operations and clarifying re-stating EO1-EO4 into one document

March 24, 2020 - EO#4 - suspension of in-facility dining for restaurants

March 20, 2020 - EO#3 - suspension of enforcement of temporary sign code

March 20, 2020 - EO#2 - granting of package license to on-premises license holders

March 17, 2020 - EO#1 - suspension of noise ordinance for certain deliveries


Business Resources

If your business has been affected by COVID-19, please use this LINK to see the resources that may be available to you.


Assistance for Residents

First Baptist Church Woodstock Care Ministry food pantry is open from 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Thursday this week and next week for food box pickup. Within each box is enough food to take care of a family of 4 for several days. The Care Ministry is behind Building B on the FBCW campus. For more info or including information on how to give to this effort, go to fbcw.org.

Encompass Ministries (6551 Commerce Pkwy) is open from 10am-1pm Monday-Friday for food assistance By Appointment. Please call 770-591-4730. If you don't need food assistance, you can get involved by donating at https://encompassministriesinc.org/donate-form

Never Alone Food Pantry (291 Rope Mill Rd) serves guests Monday-Friday from 11:00-3:00, by appointment only. Call 470-302-4055 to schedule an appointment. To donate, go to www.NeverAlone.Org

Free food is available 24 hours a day in the Little Free Pantry behind the Woodstock Visitors Center (8588 Main Street). 

Information on Managing Stress & Anxiety During the COVID-19 Outbreak is available at CDC.gov.


Trash Service Update from Waste Management

In order for Waste Management to maintain its focus on municipal solid waste collection and disposal, and due to the reduced number of employees in the field, effective Monday, March 30, 2020, Waste Management is postponing the performance of the following services, which are non-essential during this period of emergency: 

Bulk Collection – furniture, carpet, mattresses, appliances, etc. 

Spring and bulk clean-ups involving curbside service 

Yard Waste Collection – grass clippings, brush, tree limbs, etc

Any Waste Stream Outside of the Cart 

When the Declarations of Emergency and social distancing recommendations have been eased and Waste Management’s work force returns to pre-pandemic levels, these services will be restarted.

Informational Videos

Mayor Donnie Henriques talked to North Georgia Health District Director Dr. Zachary Taylor on March 27th about COVID-19.
Woodstock City Council Members will be talking to Department Directors this week about departmental operations during COVID-19.
Mayor Henriques talked to Northside Hospital Cherokee Director of Operations Katie Pearson recently about pandemic response at our local hospital.
City Manager Jeff Moon talked to Woodstock High School Principal Mark Smith about digital learning and other measures put in place by Cherokee County School District during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mayor Donnie Henriques talked to Dr. Brian Hightower, Superintendent of Cherokee County School District, about the school system's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.