In separate called meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 24 and 25, the City Council of Donalsonville, and the Seminole County Commissioners, along with the Town of Iron City each adopted a resolution to enter into a local State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
Governor Brian Kemp issued an Executive Order on March 14, 2020 declaring a public health state of emergency due to COVID-19 in the State of Georgia and to authorize the Department of Public Health to promulgate rules and regulations necessary to effectuate the Executive Order. Seminole County Department of Public Health has requested support and assistance from the city and the county in the implementation and enforcement of temporary actions to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.
The Donalsonville City Council, the Seminole County Board of Commissioners and officials with the Town of Iron City have adopted the following measures to mitigate the effects of COVID-19:
A county-wide curfew, running from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. to begin on Wednesday, March 25 and will remain in effect until such time that the State of Emergency is lifted.
All offices in the Seminole County Courthouse remain open; however, each office is operating by appointment only.
All Donalsonville City Hall offices will be closed to the public beginning at 8:00 a.m. on March 25, until such time that the State of Emergency is lifted. City employees who are not subject to the quarantine, isolation, or shelter in place provisions of the Executive Order will report to duty. Citizens and other parties may transact business by appointment. Telephone, e-mail, and other non-personal contact methods are encouraged when possible. City garbage pickup and other sanitation services will continue as scheduled. Information will be posted on the City website and published in the Donalsonville News.
As per the Department of Public Health, all inside dining areas in Donalsonville, Iron City and Seminole County are closed except to curbside pickup, take-out, or delivery.
As per the Department of Public Health, no business, establishment, corporation, non-profit corporation, organization, or any other place of gathering shall allow more than ten persons to be gathered at a single location if such gathering requires persons to stand or to be seated within six feet of any other person.
As per the Department of Public Health, bars or nightclubs shall cease operations.
Except for food service establishments licensed by the Department of Public Health, all business locations licensed under Seminole County Code of Ordinances or the Iron City Code of Ordinances for the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises or for brown bagging for consumption on premises, such as bars, taverns, and similar establishments, shall be closed for business.
All establishments providing body care services which require physical contact between the provider and client, including, without limitation, barbering, hair design, cosmetology, esthetics, massage therapy, tattooing, body waxing, tanning salons, or nail care shall be closed for business. This paragraph shall not restrict any services performed by or under the direct supervision of a licensed medical doctor, nurse, dentist, physical therapist, chiropractor, or other healthcare professional.
Except as otherwise set forth herein, all other service, retail, commercial, or industrial establishments will be permitted to remain open subject to the following restrictions, regardless of the number of employees gathered: (i) reasonable steps are taken to ensure that customers, employees, and other persons on the premises shall generally not be within six (6) feet of each other for longer than brief periods; and (ii) employees are not suffered or permitted to work if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or residing with anybody exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
All Seminole County and Iron City public parks or public facilities shall be closed for business. However, this shall not apply to Reynolds Landing Park, Sealy’s Landing Park, and Saunders Slough Boat Ramp.
All permits for special events, including park facility rentals, to be held on Seminole County property or Iron City property for the duration of this Order are hereby cancelled, and no new special event permits shall be authorized for the duration of this Order. Persons affected by this cancellation shall be entitled to a refund of any permit or rental fees paid.
All indoor recreation facilities, including, without limitation, gyms, health studies, yoga, barre, spin, or other fitness classes, spas, saunas, indoor amusement facilities, arcades, pool halls, playhouses, and concert venues, shall be closed for business.
All deadlines imposed under Seminole County Code of Ordinances, or, under the Iron City Code of Ordinances, relating to the renewal of business licenses, shall be tolled for the duration of this Order, and for thirty (30) days following the expiration of this Order.
Pursuant to Seminole County Code of Ordinances, or Iron City Code of Ordinances, violation of any provision of this Order, upon conviction, shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) per violation and/or imprisonment not to exceed sixty (60) days.
This Order became effective at 12:00 p.m. EDT on March 25 and shall remain in effect through and including 11:59 p.m. EDT on April13, unless modified by subsequent order.