City of Summerville Closing Playgrounds And Dining Inside Restaurants

The City of Summerville Council met Monday morning to declare a state of emergency due to the new coronavirus. The council and staff are shown practicing social distancing.


The city of Summerville is closing playgrounds across the city and limiting restaurants to carry out and drive through orders only. It’s part of a local state of an emergency joint resolution approved during a called meeting this morning.
This resolution will last until the end of March. The city council, however, gave Mayor Harry Harvey the option of extending the mandate for another 30 days, if needed.
“Chattooga County, the City of Summerville, the City of Menlo, the City of Lyerly and the Town of Trion hereby suspend the use of any county or city parks by more than 10 persons in a group, however, this does not suspend the use of trails which are expressly exempted from this suspension,” according to the resolution.
The mayor said the walking tracks at Fairway and Dowdy Park are excluded from this order.

 

Here is the full text of the resolution:

CHATTOOGA COUNTY LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY

JOINT RESOLUTION

 

JOINT RESOLUTION DECLARING STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE COUNTY OF CHATTOOGA, THE CITY OF SUMMERVILLE, THE CITY OF MENLO, THE CITY OF LYERLY AND THE TOWN OF TRION, GEORGIA ESTABLISHING THE CLOSURE OF ALL BARS AND RESTAURANTS AND PROCEDURES FOR TAKE OUT OR DELIVERY OF FOOD ONLY, BANNING GATHERINGS OF OVER TEN (10) PEOPLE, PROVIDING FOR DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION, TO PROVIDE FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

 

WHEREAS,    In late 2019, a new and significant outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a

Novel Corona virus emerged in Wuhan, China; and

 

WHEREAS,    The respiratory disease caused by the novel corona virus, known as “COVID-19,”

Is an infectious virus that can spread from person-to-person and can result in

Serious illness or death; and

 

WHEREAS,    The President of the United States declared COVID-19 a National Emergency

on March 13, 2020; and

 

WHEREAS,   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified the potential public

health threat posed by COVID-19 both globally and in the United States, and has

advised that the person-to-person spread of COVID-19 will continue to occur

globally , including within the United States; and

 

WHEREAS,  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noted that COVID-19 is

proliferating via “community spread” meaning people have contracted the virus in

areas of Georgia as a result of direct or indirect contact with infected persons,

including some who are not sure how or where they became infected; and

 

WHEREAS,     The Governor of the State of Georgia declared a Public Health State of Emergency

on March 14, 2020; and

 

WHEREAS,    The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 a world health

emergency and a pandemic influenza emergency; and

 

 

 

 

 

WHEREAS,   Georgia law allows for the suspension of certain laws, rules, ordinances and orders

                        during a declared State of Emergency, and authorizes the County and four (4) city

entities to waive compliance with time-consuming procedures and formalities;

O.C.G.A 38-3-1; and  

 

WHEREAS,     The Georgia Law grants to Chattooga County, the City of Summerville, The City of

Menlo, The City of Lyerly and The Town of Trion the power to protect the safety,

health and welfare of the public; and

 

WHEREAS,     Georgia law also grants to Chattooga County, The City of Summerville, The City of

Menlo, The City of Lyerly and The Town of Trion the power to declare an

emergency and to pass all laws and ordinances they may consider necessary for

the peace, good order, health, prosperity, comfort and security of the city, and of

Inhabitants thereof; and

 

WHEREAS,     The President of the United States has recommended that any gathering over

10 people be discontinued or prohibited; and

 

WHEREAS,     The Northwest Georgia Medical and public health leaders have worked diligently

and collaboratively to respond aggressively to the COVID-19 impact in Chattooga

County, The City of Summerville, The City of Menlo, The City of Lyerly, the

Town of Trion and surrounding communities. On March 19, 2020 a letter was

sent to all Elected Officials strongly urging action to temporarily close restaurants

bars and other places where individuals gather for socialization (copy of letter

is attached as Exhibit “A” and incorporated herein); and

 

WHEREAS,     Chattooga County, The City of Summerville, The City of Menlo, The City of

Lyerly, and The Town of Trion do not have the personnel or resources to monitor

And police a distancing or gathering limitation.

 

NOW THEREFORE, in a public and specially called emergency meeting, authorized pursuant to

O.C.G.A. 51-14-1 (G) Chattooga County, The City of Summerville, The City of Menlo, The

City of Lyerly and the Town of Trion resolve and declare as follows:

 

Section 1:   Chattooga County, The City of Summerville, The City of Menlo, The City of Lyerly,

The Town of Trion adopt and make the findings discussed in the “WHEREAS” paragraphs as the factual findings of both Sole Commission and Councils.

 

Section 2: Chattooga County, The City of Summerville, The City of Menlo, The City of Lyerly and the Town of Trion hereby declares a State of Emergency  and a Public Health Emergency in Chattooga County, The City of Summerville, The City of Menlo, The City of Lyerly and the Town of Trion.

 

Section 3:

 

  1. Chattooga County, The City of Summerville, The City of Menlo, The City of Lyerly

and the Town of Trion hereby declare that all bars, restaurants or businesses that

sell food for consumption on premises or that provide entertainment on premises

shall be closed to in-person dining, consumption of alcohol or entertainment until

the expiration of this resolution.

 

  1. Bars, restaurants or businesses that sell food may offer food for take-out or for

customers to eat somewhere other than at the establishment, provided that

             cafeterias in hospitals, nursing homes or similar facilities shall not be subject to

these restrictions and may continue normal operations.

 

  1. Businesses affected by these closures shall establish systems that restrict in-person

contact as much as possible, to include not permitting more than ten (10)

customers at a time to be inside the premises. Such processes may include the

business taking the food to the customer’s vehicle rather than the customer coming

inside the business.

 

  1. Furthermore, business shall ensure that all onsite consumption of food is prohibited,

and that employees and contractors of the business maintain at least six (6) feet of

personal distance between themselves as much as possible given the physical

constraints of the premises.

 

  1. If a restaurant is licensed to sell beer or wine for on-premises consumption, such

business during the efficacy of this resolution only shall be authorized to sell

unopened bottles, cans or other sealed containers of beer or wine for take-out

consumption off-premises.

 

Section 4:  Chattooga County, The City of Summerville, The City of Menlo, The City of Lyerly and

the Town of Trion hereby suspend the use of any County or City Parks by more than ten (10) persons in a group; however, this does not suspend the use of trails which are expressly exempted from this suspension.

 

Section 5:  Chattooga County, The City of Summerville, The City of Menlo, The City of Lyerly and the Town of Trion suspend the bid and competitive portions of the respective Procurement Policy and authorize the respective Commissioner, Managers or Mayors to utilize the single-source policy and to require departments to provide written justification for the procurement during the effective dates of this Resolution.

 

Section 6: This Resolution shall take effect upon passage by Chattooga County, The City of Summerville, The City of Menlo, The City of Lyerly and the Town of Trion and shall expire by its own terms on _________________, unless extended by further action of the respective Commission or Councils.

 

Section 7: The respective Commissioner and Councils, in consultation with the respective County Attorney and City Attorneys shall have the power to correct scrivener’s errors.

 

3 Comments

  1. Charlie Bennett on March 23, 2020 at 11:46 am

    Sounds good to me.

  2. Danny Lee Ingram on March 23, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    All takeout workers should be screened negative for the Coronavirus BEFORE they serve anyone.

  3. Angelia on March 25, 2020 at 10:23 am

    What didn’t Jason Winters tell,the name of the person that contracted the corona virus so we the people of Chattooga County will know if we have been in contact with this person etc.

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