I hope you are staying well and safe during this unprecedented time. Despite Governor Kemp opening up Georgia, I urge you to stay home except for essentials, wash hands, follow social (physical) distancing guidelines of at least 6 feet, use face coverings in public settings and to rely on guidance from the CDC 9 ( County has the second highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and staying home is the most effective measure we have to prevent the spread and save lives. City of Decatur operations remain closed to the public. Safe social reopening of our communities is dependent upon our compliance with this guidance as well as the availability of widespread testing and contact tracing protocols.  Even after the testing and contact tracing are in place, we must continue to protect ourselves and our neighbors to keep our community safe.  Let’s remain vigilant in our fight against COVID-19.

Some good news to share:

The City of Decatur, the Decatur Development Authorities (DDA), and Legacy Decatur have announced the creation of a small business loan program in response to the financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of $500,000 is being made available as part of this initiative, with $400,000 coming from the City of Decatur and $100,000 pledged by the DDA. Many people have asked how to help our small businesses – here is your chance:  the public can contribute to the program by making a tax-deductible donation through For $100 donation or more, you can proudly display this sign in your yard. Join me in supporting this effort! #DecaturUnited

Find out more about this program.

The city has also compiled an interactive map to find restaurants, markets, retailers and services ready to serve you. Think local, buy local, whenever you can.

Decatur Open for Business


Where: Your House
When: Friday through Sunday May 8-10
Time: After Dark

Parade-in-place with your lantern creations on your porch, in your yard, on your balcony, in your windows. Encourage your whole block to light it up. Play some tunes from local parade bands, the Black Sheep Ensemble and Wasted Potential Brass Band! Walk, bike, or drive around the neighborhood over the weekend and enjoy the glow.

On Saturday night after dark, watch for the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons’s giant lantern puppets wandering around town.

Who will win the prize for the best Lantern Parade-in-Place decorations? Post your photo on social media #paradeinplacedecatur by Saturday, May 9. The prize includes a visit to your yard by giant lantern puppet Rex Kitty.

Who will win the prize for the best Lantern Parade-in-Place decorations? Post your photo on social media #paradeinplacedecatur by Saturday, May 9. The prize includes a visit to your yard by giant lantern puppet Rex Kitty.

Brought to you by: Decatur Education Foundation; Decatur Arts Alliance, Chantelle Rytter Projects and ColorWheel

Please make sure you have completed the 2020 census. You can do it right here:

From Decatur Active Living and Decatur Children and Youth Services:

To the Decatur Community:

It is with a heavy heart that we share that the City of Decatur has decided to cancel all planned summer camps for this summer.  This includes Legacy Park Day Camp, all E Camps, sports camps, tennis, and swim camps offered by the City of Decatur’s Children and Youth Services and Active Living divisions.

We will be processing refunds for all enrolled campers in the coming weeks (this is a laborious process so please be patient with us as we work through all our camp registrations).

City of Decatur is the Georgia Safe Routes to School Metro Atlanta Friend/Partner of the year!  This represents the work that our staff and volunteers put into making our streets and sidewalks safe for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Join us in celebrating National Bike Month. We wish we could get together for some rides, or other activities. Since that is not possible this year, we are  inviting you to participate in Virtual Bike Month. (

We have routes, fun activities, safety information, and more. There is also a Bike Month checklist that you complete, then send in for a prize.

We love seeing so many Decaturites on their bikes during this time. Please remember to follow the rules of the road, ride safely, and share the paths with walkers.

The League of American Bicyclists has postponed Bike to Work Week until September, so we hope to plan something fun at that time.

Keep on cycling and take some photos of yourself; post with #ibikedecatur.

I hope you have noticed the signs “planted” in the planters along W Howard. Thanks to the Arts Alliance for the reminders of those who are keeping us safe and healthy.

Friday night Concert series (on-line) sponsored by the Decatur Arts Alliance: May 8, 15, 22; 8-9pm

Solarize Decatur-DeKalb 2.0 is the second community-based group-purchasing program for solar energy, battery storage, and other clean energy technologies that helps homeowners, businesses and nonprofits become more resilient, reduce energy expenses, and save on the cost of renewable energy systems by leveraging the power of group purchasing — the more that participate, the greater the savings!

Solarize Decatur-DeKalb is brought to you by a public-private coalition consisting of Decatur Environmental Sustainabiliy Board, Environment Georgia, Georgia Interfaith Power & Light, Solar CrowdSource, and many individual local clean energy advocates.

City Hall remains closed to the public.

Due to the Public Health State of Emergency, the City Commission Meeting for Monday, May 4, 2020, 7:30 pm will be held remotely.

Access Instructions

There will not be a physical location for members of the public to attend. Members of the public may access the meeting in one of two ways:

  1. View the live broadcast of the Decatur City Commission meeting at
  2. Register in advance to participate during either the “Public Comment” or “Requests and Petitions” portions of the meeting at After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

City Commission meeting, Monday, March 18; 7:30pm will also be virtual.

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