THOMASVILLE — The City of Thomasville is continuing actions to make downtown and shopping safe during the COVID-19 virus, while downtown merchants are continuing to take a measured approach to opening.

Curbside pick-up options, increased outdoor dining areas, additional hand-washing stations and waste cans are in place to encourage safety while experiencing Thomasville and supporting local businesses. 

April Norton, City of Thomasville director of economic and community development, including the city's Main Street program, tourism, special events and business development, said she is aware of reports of a COVID-19 resurgence.

"All downtown businesses have some form of operations," Norton said. "No downtown business have experienced permanent closure."

The Downtown Business Park District is made up of more than 300 business, including about 120 retail business and restaurants. The remainder are churches, schools and professional offices.

"Downtown restaurants are very active at night," Norton said.

Thomasville businesses have incorporated many creative ways to serve customers, Norton said, and the City of Thomasville is committed to support small businesses through change of operations throughout the pandemic.

"We will continue to provide resources to ensure we remain resilient," she said.

Many downtown merchants have incorporated online shops to serve customers who are not able to get out and shop in stores. Norton said online shopping gives people the experience of shopping local and shopping Thomasville.

"The travel industry has been hard-hit by COVID-19, and Thomasville has been no different," Norton said. "The Visitors Center has still received many calls and requests for information regarding travel and planning future trips to Thomasville, which is an encouraging sign of recovery in this area." 

The Downtown Thomasville website has a COVID-19 header that provides all up-to-date accommodation information, hours for attractions, downtown retail and restaurant hours and up-to-date City of Thomasville press release information.

Visit thomasvillega.com or downtownthomasville.com for detailed information, and follow on Facebook at @downtownthomasville and @visitthomasville.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820 

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