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EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-03
AN EXECUTIVE ORDER CONCERNING THE CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY AND TAKING EMERGENCY ACTION DIRECTING INDIVIDUALS TO SHELTER IN PLACE AND TO PROMOTE AND SECURE THE SAFETY, PROTECTION, AND WELL-BEING OF PERSONS IN THE COMMUNITY
WHEREAS, Chamblee Code Section 26-6 authorizes the Mayor of the City of Chamblee to determine that an emergency exists, and the Mayor has made the determination that COVID-19 is an existing emergency that threatens the safety, health, well-being, and lives of the citizens of Chamblee; and
WHEREAS, The Mayor of the City of Chamblee declared a State of Emergency related to COVID-19 on March 16, 2020
WHEREAS, Chamblee Code Section 26-6 authorizes the Mayor of Chamblee, during a declared emergency, to take such emergency actions as may be necessary to promote and secure the safety, protection, and well-being of the inhabitants of the City of Chamblee and of DeKalb County; and
WHEREAS, on March 21, 2020, the Mayor of Chamblee executed Chamblee Executive Order 2020-01, prohibiting certain on-premises activities at restaurants, hookah lounges, businesses that sell food or beverages for consumption on the premises, and businesses that provide entertainment on premises, and prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more unrelated persons; and
WHEREAS, On March 24, 2020, the Mayor of Chamblee executed Chamblee Executive Order 2020-02, taking further action to implement restrictions upon the hours of operation of non-essential businesses, requirements for any business that remains open, and implementing a voluntary curfew; and
WHEREAS, it is in the interest of public health, safety, and welfare to adopt additional measures to stop the deadly spread of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of Georgia on March 23, 2020 issued an executive order closing bars and prohibiting businesses and nonprofit organizations from allowing gatherings of more than ten (10) persons if such gatherings require persons to be within six (6) feet of each other; and
WHEREAS, the CEO of DeKalb County issued Executive No. Order 20-002 on March 27, 2020 to specify the actions taken by DeKalb County to contain the spread of COVID-19, and has asked the cities of DeKalb County to adopt similar measures; and
WHEREAS, the City of Chamblee will adopt measures in this Executive Order based upon DeKalb County measures on the advice of the DeKalb County CEO along with his advisors that include Dr. Ford; and
WHEREAS, for clarity, the Mayor reaffirms, recognizes and reinforces the previously adopted Executive Order 2020-02, which shall remain effective;
NOW THEREFORE, the Mayor of Chamblee, takes the emergency action of enacting the following regulations to improve uniformity with the County and other DeKalb County cities and to apply to all persons within the City of Chamblee:
Section 1: Intent
The intent of this Order is to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible, to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the extent feasible, while enabling services to continue, and to provide for consistency with DeKalb County emergency actions in the response to COVID-19. All individuals and families are encouraged to shelter in place as much as possible. It is further the intent of this Order to impose Social Distancing Requirements outside of places of residence to the maximum extent feasible while allowing essential services and essential businesses to continue.
For purposes of this Order, “Social Distancing Requirements” include maintaining at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands.
Section 2: Mandatory Shelter in Place
a) All individuals living within the City of Chamblee are directed to stay at their place of residence. All individuals are permitted to leave their places of residence only to provide or receive essential services or engage in certain essential activities and work for essential businesses and essential governmental functions as defined herein;
b) In keeping with Sections 12 and 13 of DeKalb County Executive Order No. 20-002, the City of Chamblee adopts the definitions of Essential Activities and Essential Businesses as provided in those Sections.
Section 3: Emergency Regulations for Certain Establishments
Beginning on March 28, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., and continuing until revoked or amended by subsequent Executive Order, the following restrictions shall be imposed in the City:
a) Massage establishments, nail salons, spas, beauty salons, barbers, bowling alleys, gyms, fitness centers, and any other establishment offering personal grooming services shall be closed until this Order is lifted.
b) All businesses with a facility in the City of Chamblee, except Essential Businesses, are strongly encouraged to cease all activities except Minimum Basic Operations, as defined herein.
c) In keeping with Section 14 of DeKalb County Executive Order 20-002, the City of Chamblee adopts the definition of Minimum Basic Operations as provided in that Section.
Section 4: General penalty.
Pursuant to Chamblee Code Section 26-2, a person violating any provision of this Order shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished as provided in Chamblee Code Section 1-6.
Section 5: Expiration.
This Order shall take effect on March 28, 2020, at 6:00 p.m., and may be amended as necessary in order to adapt to the ever-changing health and economic situation in the City of Chamblee. This Order is not intended to and does not create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable in law or equity by any party against the City of Chamblee, its officials, employees, or agents. This Order remains in effect until further notice; all provisions of this Order are subject to change or termination at any time, without prior notice.
SO ORDERED this 28th day of March 2020, at 1:00 p.m.
R. Eric Clarkson
R. Eric Clarkson, Mayor
City of Chamblee