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Senior centers closed, libraries adjust hours

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OXFORD — For the safety and security of the community, Granville County government is taking precautionary measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, following guidance from CDC and working closely with Granville Vance Public Health.

The county has implemented the following operational changes:

Senior Services All three Senior Centers (Oxford, Creedmoor and Stovall) are closed to participants until further notice. This decision was made in an effort to protect participating older adults from the COVID-19 virus, as senior residents are the most vulnerable.

Group activities, classes, group meetings and special events have been canceled; however, tax assistance, offered on Thursday evenings in small groups, will continue until notified.

Home delivered meals will continue and congregate meals (on site) will still be available as a drive-through option. Those not able to use the drive-through option should call the Senior Center at 919-693-1930 to inquire about being placed on a home-delivered route.

KARTS has also made the decision to temporarily discontinue the around-town shuttle until further notice.

Library system All four branches of the Granville County Library System remain open but hours have changed. Until further notice, The Richard H. Thornton and Stovall libraries are now closing at 5 p.m. and the South Branch is closing at 5:30 p.m.

All events and programs scheduled through the Granville County Library System are canceled until further notice. In addition, meeting rooms will not be available for public use until the state of emergency is lifted.

All services to nursing homes and assisted living centers have been postponed until further notice, and Legos, toys and kits from the children’s area will not be available for use. Deadlines for all materials currently checked out will be automatically extended. Contact your local public library for more details.

Animal shelter Animal Control and the Animal Shelter for Granville County are waiving fees for adoptions and rescue pulls until further notice. Rabies vaccinations for owned animals are being suspended.

Visitors to the shelter can only come into the facilities for purposes of adoption or rescue, or if looking for lost animals. For questions, please call 919-693-6749.

Parks Although tournament play has been canceled, Granville Athletic Park remains open for public use. Residents are asked to follow health recommendations for gatherings, including social distancing.

Avoid being closer than six feet from anyone, whenever possible, and limit physical contact. Remember that gatherings are limited to 50 people or less. Reservations for picnic shelters and other amenities can still be made by calling the GAP at 919-693-3716.

Courthouse By order of the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, many court matters are being continued and rescheduled until after April 13. Exceptions to this general rule are proceedings necessary to preserve statutory and constitutional rights in criminal cases, such as first appearances; and proceedings necessary to obtaining emergency relief, such as protective and restraining orders.

Matters that fall into these exceptions will proceed as necessary and required by law before the Court. Cases that will be continued and rescheduled until after April 13 include Magistrate’s and Small Claims Court; Regular Civil and Criminal District Court; Civil and Criminal Superior Court; and most Estate and Special Proceedings Hearings before the clerk.

The Clerk’s Office will mail notice of a new hearing date for all matters that are continued and are rescheduled. Residents are encouraged to handle any other matters with the court over the phone or by mail, if they are able to do so. Contact the Clerk of Court’s office at 919-690-4800.

Boards and committees Several committee meetings and meetings of independent boards have been canceled or postponed. For a listing of canceled or postponed meetings and events scheduled through Granville County Government, please visit http:/// for notices.