Businesses, recreational areas reopening in Macon-Bibb after shutdown

Some Middle Georgia businesses have reopened, or are in the process of reopening, after shuttering during the COVID-19 pandemic, and recreational areas also are welcoming back the public.

Here’s a look at some of those developments:

NORTH CENTRAL HEALTH DISTRICT EXPANDS FREE COVID-19 TESTING

The North Central Health District is expanding its COVID-19 testing to all 13 Middle Georgia counties in the district.

NCHD’s Specimen Point of Collection sites are expected to open starting Sunday at each of the 13 county health departments.

The sites at the Houston and Macon-Bibb County health departments will operate seven days a week: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

The other 11 county test sites are operating on select days of the week.

MACON-BIBB REOPENS OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

Macon-Bibb County is reopening its outdoor recreation facilities Monday with some restrictions.

Facilities opening include tennis and pickleball courts, Bowden Golf Course and two of the three parks at Lake Tobesofkee.

Groups of 10 or more people should not gather in a single place, according to the Macon-Bibb County website.

This method of operation is expected to be in place through at least May 31.

Parks have remained open during the pandemic, but recreation centers are still closed.

JAVORS LUCAS LAKE REOPENS

The Macon Water Authority has reopened its Javors Lucas Lake for public fishing and boating.

Friday, the authority resumed its previously announced public fishing season schedule for 2020 pending any future changes in local or state policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During May and June, Javors Lucas Lake will be open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. For a complete schedule, click here.

GOODWILL REOPENS MOST OF ITS STORES

Most Goodwill stores reopened Friday in Middle Georgia.

Revenues from purchases fund the charity’s career development, training and education services.

Designated as an essential business, Goodwill continued to accept donations for future resale while closed to the public. The stores also accept Personal Protective Equipment for healthcare workers and non-perishables for food banks.

The no-contact donation procedure remains in place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Upon reopening, retail store hours will be the same.

An initial group of more than 200 employees who had been furloughed due to the shuttering also returned to work for the reopenings.

RESTAURANTS, BUSINESSES REOPENING

▪Tuesday morning stores in Macon and Warner Robins

▪Bealls Outlet

▪Hobby Lobby

▪Bearfoot Tavern

▪Hobby Lobby

▪Dillards is expected to open on Tuesday

WARNER ROBINS ANNOUNCES MAY 14 REOPENING

The city of Warner Robins has announced it will not reopening to the public until May 14 “to ensure the prevention of coronavirus to the greatest extent,” according to a city news release.

Once reopened, the number of people allowed inside any city public building will be limited, the release said.

Also, starting Tuesday, utility customers may make payments in person at the drive-thru from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but the health and safety of our citizens and employees is our greatest concern,” the release said.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to the appropriate city department by calling 478-293-1000.

F-15 EAGLE FLYOVER TO HONOR HEROES IN THE COVID-19 BATTLE

F-15 Eagle aircraft are expected to fly over hospitals in Macon, Warner Robins and Perry as a tribute to healthcare workers, first responders, military and other essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 339th Flight Test Squadron in conjunction with the 561st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Robins AFB will conduct the flyover at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The flyover also is designed to demonstrate the Air Force’s readiness during the pandemic, according to a RAFB news release.

“Residents in these areas will be able to see the flyover from the safety of their home-quarantine or work location and should maintain social distancing,” the release said. “They should also refrain from traveling to landmarks, hospitals and gathering in large groups to view the flyover.”

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