NEWNAN CITY COUNCIL APPROVES ORDINANCE FOR ADDITIONAL EMERGENCY MEASURES FOR LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY RELATED TO COVID-19
Newnan City Council has approved emergency measures related to COVID-19 during their Special Called Council meeting on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
The ordinance goes into effect at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020, and will end on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at midnight.
The city requests that all Newnan residents voluntarily shelter at home and not leave their homes, except:
- When a person is on an errand necessitated by an emergency, or engaged in procuring or seeking an essential service;
- When a person is traveling or returning directly home from lawful employment or otherwise
- engaged in lawful employment that makes it necessary to leave home;
- When a person is engaged in interstate and intrastate vehicular travel through the city;
- When a person is procuring essential food or medicine or seeking essential medical care or providing essential food, medicine or medical care to another person;
- Personal or family activities such as walking, jogging and cycling
All businesses would cease operations with the exception of those considered essential.
Those businesses ceasing operations would include:
Gyms, fitness centers, pools, social clubs, amusement facilities, bowling alleys, pool halls, theaters, massage parlors, nail salons and any other similar facility, any facility used for an activity that involves prolonged physical proximity of individuals, and any facility used for entertainment, social, grooming or general health and wellbeing purposes must close and remain closed for the duration of this emergency.
Pet groomers, however, can remain open.
The ordinance also states that:
- Businesses must post signage on entrance doors informing consumers to maintain at least 6 feet of personal distance between themselves and others.
- Businesses should not allow more than 10 people into an establishment at any one time if such social distancing cannot be maintained.
- Restaurants would be required to cease offering dine-in services, but may continue preparing and offering food to customers via delivery, drive-through or takeout services.
- Patrons, employees and contractors of the establishments must maintain at least 6 feet of personal distance between themselves as much as possible, given the physical constraints of the premises.
- If a restaurant is licensed to sell beer and wine for on-premises consumption, they would be authorized to sell unopened bottles or cans of beer or wine for consumption off-premises.
- They must also implement procedures to provide the recommended personal distance at concentrated locations such as checkout registers, customer service desks, break rooms, etc.
- Establishments are encouraged to establish a maximum store occupant load to assist with personal distancing compliance.