LOCUST GROVE — The city of Locust Grove approved an ordinance declaring a public health state of emergency due to the “proliferation of COVID-19 in the United State and the state of Georgia” during a special called meeting Thursday morning.
The ordinance is in effect until April 9.
City officials are asking residents to adhere to the following guidelines:
♦ Any person showing symptoms of COVID-19 shall refrain from attending public gatherings, worship services, funeral services, entering public buildings, restaurants, shops, public transportation and all other venues or businesses open to the public.
♦ Any person who has traveled out of the country, engaged in interstate travel through airports, train service bus service or private vehicle within 15 days should refrain from the same activities. Any person who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should refrain from activities listed above for at least 15 days. Should they become symptomatic, they should seek medical attention.
♦ Event facilities capable of hosting gatherings of more than 10 people shall discontinue business until the emergency ordinance is terminated or repealed.
♦ Restaurants and other eating and dining establishments where food is served are strongly encouraged to engage in only the preparing and offering food to customers via delivery, drive-through or takeout services. However, should dine-in services remain in effect, occupancy shall be limited to provide six feet of personal distance. This includes patron, employees and contractors. Additionally, if a restaurant serves alcohol for on-premise consumption, they shall be authorized to sell unopened bottles or cans of beer or wine for take-out consumption.
♦ Bars, night clubs, gyms, fitness centers, pools, social clubs, amusement facilities and any other similar facility, any facility used for an an activity that involves prolonged physical proximity of individuals and any facility used for entertainment, social, grooming or general health and wellbeing purposes shall remain closed for the duration of the emergency ordinances. However, hairstylists and barbers may remain open as long as no more than 10 people are allowed in the business.
♦ All businesses, even those not specifically named herein, must ensure that they practice public safety measures, including limiting the number of people in the business, ensuring patrons and employees practice social distancing and maintaining clean and sanitized premises. Establishments such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and all other businesses which remain open during the emergency should post signage on entrance doors informing consumers to maintain at least six feet of personal distance between themselves and others as much as possible given the physical constraints of the premises and follow guidance published by the Department of Health as may be updated from time to time.
♦ All public and private gatherings of more than 10 people occurring outside of a household or living unit are strongly discouraged, unless at least six feet of distance between people can be safely and effectively maintained
♦ City-owned parks will be closed during the state of emergency.
♦ For the duration of the emergency, the city will not disconnect any public utility provided by the city due to non-payment. At the conclusion of the emergency, residents will have 90 days to make payments before a service may be disconnected.
Locust Grove Mayor Robert Price thanked residents and city staff for their work during the emergency period.
“We’ve never been through this before. Everything changes every day and we have to do what we think is right,” Price said. “We’ll get through this.”