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Posted on: March 25, 2020

MAYOR APPROVES EMERGENCY ORDER TEMPORARILY CLOSING LARGE GATHERING AREAS & INDOOR DINING VENUES

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Temporary Closures Are Ordered Jointly with Gwinnett County and other Cities in Gwinnett 

Mayor David Still approved an Executive Order to temporarily close large gathering facilities such as gyms and theaters, as well as indoor and outdoor dining facilities in the City of Lawrenceville until April 6 to further mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This declaration is ordered jointly with other cities of Gwinnett along with Gwinnett County in order to maintain consistency in measures to mitigate the further spread of the COVID-19 virus.

As the declaration states, the COVID-19 virus has now become a worldwide pandemic disrupting community affairs, business services and governmental operations. Recommendations for voluntary measures such as closing or modifying operations to slow the spread of COVID-19 have been unsuccessful in limiting the growing number of cases in our community.

“We are grateful to work hand and hand with the County and the other Cities in Gwinnett to issue the Emergency Order to further protect the safety, health and welfare of our business owners and citizens,” said Mayor David Still. “This is an extension of how many of our local businesses are already operating.”

The City’s Local Emergency Order calls for the following:

  • Gyms, fitness centers, fitness studios, theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys, arcades, and other similar establishments within the City of Lawrenceville be temporarily closed.
  • Restaurants, ice cream establishments, event facilities, food courts, and other eating establishments within the City of Lawrenceville cease offering dine-in and/or outdoor/patio service. Such eating establishments may continue to prepare and offer food to customers through delivery, takeout, and/or drive-thru service.
  • Breweries and growlers within the City of Lawrenceville cease offering inside and outdoor/patio service. Such establishments may continue to sell unopened containers of beer by retail package for consumption off-premises.
  • Cafeterias or on-site dining services in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other similar facilities within the City of Lawrenceville following previously issued state and federal public health guidelines shall not be subject to closure requirements of this Order.
  • Food assistance programs and churches, may continue to operate and provide shelter and food to those in need as each such organization deems reasonable and appropriate in their own sole discretion so long as individuals comply with the social distancing requirements of 6 feet and other guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • All City owned playgrounds are hereby closed. Outdoor activity in City parks such as walking, hiking, biking, and running may continue so long as individuals comply with the social distancing requirements of 6 feet and other guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • All employers and business which remain open for use by the public must take the necessary steps to restrict in person contact and maintain a distance of 6 feet between individuals while in the establishment.

Other items in the order include authorization of the Lawrenceville Police Department to enforce these items along with the orders outlined by Governor Kemp on March 23, 2020.

The Local Emergency Order can be read in full HERE and shall take effect at 12:00 pm on March 25, 2020 and shall end April 6 2020, unless terminated or extended by further action of the Council. For additional information, follow the City’s Facebook Page.

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