Mayor orders restaurants to offer delivery, drive-thru and take-out food and drinks, but no dine-in for over 10 persons, violations to be a city misdemeanor —
Peachtree City joins other Fayette County municipalities in banning gatherings of more than 10 people in any one place, including on the city’s 100 miles of cart paths.
In a video address Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Vanessa Fleisch announced her executive order that will limit more than 10 people at any gathering within the city, will close gyms, physical fitness centers and dance studios (with an under-10-person exception), will allow restaurants to continue preparing and selling food via take-out or delivery, and will shut down all bars in the city.
The exception to the under-10 rule is this: The city will allow gyms or any private facility to remain open if it admits fewer than 10 people at a time and if that under-10 group can maintain six feet of separation at all times.
Her order also incorporates state Health Department rules requiring all people with underlying medical conditions to “isolate, quarantine or shelter in place.”
The Peachtree City Police Department will enforce the rules, Fleisch said.
What her order did not do was to impose a curfew or place any restrictions on hours of operations of all other businesses — No curfew and no restrictions on hours of operation.
If the Fayette County Commission in the future authorizes a mandatory shelter at home order — in other words a general quarantine of everybody — Mayor Fleisch said the city would automatically be included in that order.
The mayor’s order lasts from 12:01 a.m. March 26 and extends indefinitely. While her order mentions that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s order set an end date of April 6, there is no end date specified in her order.
Instead, she said her order will stay in effect until she or the City Council terminates it.
Here is the text of the operative part of Mayor Fleisch’s executive order:
The provisions of this executive order shall be effective at 12:01 a.m. on March 26, 2020 and shall remain in effect until terminated by the Mayor or by resolution of the City Council of the City.
1. Limitations on Gatherings. That no business, establishment, corporation, nonprofit corporation, or organization shall allow more than ten (10) persons to be gathered at a single location if such gathering requires persons to stand or to be seated within (6) feet of another person
A. No worship services shall be held in the City if attended by more than ten (10) persons during the term of this executive order. This directive includes, but is not limited to, church services, funerals, church meals, weeknight services, Bible studies, Sunday Schools, choir practices, church meetings, deacons’ meetings, revivals, and any and all other such meetings related to worship or church services. Nothing in this executive order shall prohibit churches from live streaming services or holding services remotely as long as such live streaming or remote services do not result in more than ten (10) persons being present in violation of this executive order.
B. Indoor recreational facilities in the City, including, but not limited to, gyms, physical fitness centers, and dance studios, shall be closed for the term of this executive order except where not more than ten (10) persons are present at any one time and can maintain at least (6) feet of personal distance between themselves and others and also must implement procedures to provide the recommended personal distance at concentrated locations such as check-out registers, customer service desks, break rooms, etc.
C. Restaurants and other eating and dining establishments where food is served, shall cease offering dine-in services, including seating on patios, except where not more than ten (10) persons are present at any one time and maintain at least (6) feet of personal distance between themselves and others and also must implement procedures to provide the recommended personal distance at concentrated locations such as check-out registers, customer service desks, break rooms etc. Restaurants and other eating establishments may continue preparing and offering food to customers via delivery, drive through or take out services. If a restaurant is licensed to sell beer or wine for on-premise consumption, such restaurant, during the effective dates of this executive order only, shall be authorized to sell unopened bottles or cans of beer and wine for take-out consumption off-premises.
D. All city parks and playgrounds shall be closed for the term of this executive order. City multi-use paths shall remain open provided that not more than ten (10) persons shall be congregated together.
E. That all businesses which possess a license to operate as or otherwise meet the definition of “Bar” as defined by code Section 3-1-2(2.1) shall cease operation while this Order is in effect.
2. Persons included in Department of Public Health Administrative Order 03-22.22.01 within the state of Georiga who have serious underlying conditions likely to cause the spread of COVID-19, if such persons were to become infected, shall isolate, quarantine, or shelter in place within their homes or residences as defined within the Department of Public Health Administrative Oder 03.22.22.01 or as it may be amended in the future.
3. Violations. Any violation of this executive order shall be a misdemeanor punishable pursuant to the General Penalty of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Peachtree City. The Chief of Police of the City and her lawful officers, shall be authorized to enforce this executive order pursuant to said ordinances.
4. Authorization. This executive order is authorized pursuant to O.C.G.A. 38-3-28(a) and Section 22-3 of th eCity Code. This executive order was entered with due consideration of the orders, rules, regulations, actions, recommendations, and requests of federal and state authorities relevant thereto and to the extent permitted by law and shall be interpreted consistent with the provisions of O.C.G.A. 38-3-28(c).
5. Possible Future Mandatory Shelter at Home Resolution. The governing body of the City, in conjunction with the Fayette County Board of Commissioners and the Emergency Management Director, may issue a mandatory shelter at home order, with appropriate exemptions, in the near future should it become necessary to protect public health and safety and encourage all citizens and businesses to take immediate action to prepare in advance for such a contingency. The governing body of the City acknowledges that any such future action taken by the Fayette County Board of Commissioners shall be applicable within the corporate limits of the City upon its adoption without further action on the part of the governing body of the City.
6. All actions of the City or parts of actions in conflict with this executive order are, to the extent of such conflict, hereby repealed and set aside for the duration of this executive order or until further action of the Mayor or City Council of the City.