Executive Order and Declaration of Emergency
Issued Friday, March 20, 2020 - Emergency Declaration and Executive Order (signed documents accessed through link)
This morning I signed a Declaration of Emergency for the City of Smyrna and issued an Executive Order to protect citizens in this current health crisis.
This is not a decision taken lightly. The environment we live in is changing hourly and the City of Smyrna will continue to make timely decisions to protect our citizens and staff.
Please be vigilant and limit your interactions with others as much as possible. Smyrna is a strong community and we will all get through this together. May you and your families stay safe.
Pursuant to the Declaration of Emergency adopted today, and for the reasons stated therein, it is hereby ORDERED as follows:
Until April 3, 2020, the following requirements shall be in effect:
- All restaurants coffee shops and other places where food is offered to the public shall be limited to take out, drive through or delivery. All on premises dining is prohibited. Restaurants with a license to sell alcoholic beverages may sell such beverages with takeout orders.
- All public assemblages, events and gatherings of ten people or more persons are prohibited within the city limits.
- All bars, night clubs, skating rinks, gyms, trampoline parks, private social clubs are closed.
This executive order is effective at 8:00 PM on 20th day of March 2020.
Clarification - posted at 2:58 p.m. Fri., March 20, 2020):
The City has received several questions throughout the day concerning the executive order issued this morning that goes into effect tonight, Friday March 20 at 8:00pm. Please see below for clarification:
- All restaurants that have a license to sell alcoholic beverages may sell beer and wine in unopened containers with in-person take-out orders. This does not include delivery.
- Restaurants that have a license to sell alcoholic beverages and are located within a designated restaurant district where open containers are allowed may sell such licensed beverages with in-person take-out orders to be consumed within the outside area of the restaurant district.
- This directive is intended to suspend city enforcement of city ordinances and state law prohibiting certain alcoholic beverages being sold with carry out food purchases. The city has no control over state enforcement of state laws.
- Any city ordinance otherwise prohibiting this executive order is temporarily suspended during this Declaration of Emergency.
DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY
WHEREAS, the City of Smyrna, Georgia has experienced an event of critical significance as a result of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, the World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 as a global pandemic (COVID-19 Pandemic); and
WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in response to the outbreak of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, on March 14, Governor Brian Kemp declared that a public health emergency exists in the State of Georgia due to the spread of COVID-19 within Georgia; and
WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a public emergency affecting and threatening the safety, health and well-being of the citizens of Smyrna; and
WHEREAS, in the judgment of the mayor, with advice from the Smyrna Emergency Management Department, there exist emergency circumstances located in the entire city limits of Smyrna requiring extraordinary and immediate corrective actions for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Smyrna,; and
WHEREAS, this executive order is to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and to prevent or minimize sickness and injury to people and damage to property resulting from this event;
NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority vested in me by local and state law;
Pursuant to Section 30-32.2 of the Smyrna Code of Ordinances,
IT IS HEREBY DECLARED, that a local state of emergency exists and shall continue until the conditions requiring this declaration are abated.
WHEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED:
(1) That the Smyrna Emergency Management Department activate the Emergency Operations Plan;
(2) That all powers conferred by Chapter 30 may be implemented by the mayor including but not limited to the powers provided in Section 30-32.2(a)(4) b, c, and d as well as the powers contained in Section 30-32.7, authorizing Closed or Restricted Areas and Curfews.
Declaration of Emergency (March 20, 2020)
Executive Order (March 20, 2020)