Sandy Springs plans to reopen City Hall to the public on Aug. 1 to pre-pandemic operations, spokesperson Dan Coffer said.

City staff will be able to hold meetings with businesses, applicants and residents in their offices.  A self-service kiosk in the first floor lobby will enable visitors to check in with the department they wish to visit.

Sandy Springs will reopen City Hall to pre-pandemic levels on Aug. 1. (John Ruch)

Currently, the only visitors allowed are those people paying for permits and fees by appointment, as well as residents attending public meetings.

Aug. 1 was chosen based on CDC guidelines, Coffer said. The city has yet to decide if Friday will continue to be a remote work day for all staff to enable cleaning and sanitization of the building, he said.

City Council and the city’s boards and commissions have already resumed public meetings in a hybrid format, with in-person and live stream events. Public comment can be made in person or via Zoom as long as public comment forms are filled out and turned in before the meeting starts. Those wishing to comment via Zoom must submit a card by noon the day of the meeting. For an in-person comment, the card must be submitted just before the meeting starts.

Events resuming at PAC

The Performing Arts Center (PAC) has also reopened and taken rental requests. Events canceled due to the pandemic have been fit in the schedule first, Coffer said.

“Currently, all of the requests to reschedule have been accommodated to the best of our ability and new requests have drastically increased over the last month,” he said.

City productions at PAC will return on Aug. 27, with 74 performances planned through June 2022.

The city has rented to the Atlanta Ballet and Elite Dance, among others, he said. City Springs Theatre Company’s production of “Into the Woods” was rescheduled to July 9-18 at Byers Theatre in the PAC.

Bob Pepalis

Bob Pepalis covers Sandy Springs for Reporter Newspapers.