Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Issues Executive Order Declaring State of Emergency and Temporarily Prohibiting Large Public Assemblages, Events or Gatherings of More Than 250 People Within the City of Atl
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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Issues Executive Order Declaring State of Emergency and Temporarily Prohibiting Large Public Assemblages, Events or Gatherings of More Than 250 People Within the City of Atlanta
ATLANTA—Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that public assemblages, events and gatherings of 250 or more persons be prohibited within the City and territorial limits of the City of Atlanta until March 31, 2020.
“This is a serious and evolving health threat that warrants action,” said Mayor Bottoms. “As guidelines and recommendations are adjusted daily by our federal and state partners, we will assess and adjust our policies accordingly.”
The Executive Order is just the latest of many efforts and policies instituted by the Bottoms Administration to combat the COVID-19 health threat.
Mayor Bottoms issued an Administrative Order directing the Commissioner of Watershed Management to refrain from taking any action which would result in the termination of water services for any Watershed Management customer due to non-payment for the next sixty (60) days.
The Mayor also issued a directive for the Centers of Hope Afterschool program to continue to provide free meals to all students who rely on them throughout the closure of schools. A list of schools and more information can be found here.
For more information on the Centers of Hope Afterschool Program and Registration, please visit the Official Website.
The City has also posted prevention information and additional resources related to COVID-19 on its website here.
Chief among the City’s guidance to residents and visitors are the following preventative measures:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- If you have recently returned from a country with ongoing COVID-19 infections monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials
Recommended CDC safety guidelines can be found online here.
For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Bottoms on Facebook and Twitter @KeishaBottoms