MAYOR AND COUNCIL APPROVE LOCAL EMERGENCY ORDER

MAYOR AND COUNCIL APPROVE LOCAL EMERGENCY ORDER TEMPORARILY CLOSING SPECIFIC BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS AND INDOOR DINING VENUES 
 
 
BRASELTON, GA – March 25, 2020:  Mayor and Council  approved an Ordinance to temporarily close large gathering facilities such as gyms and theaters, hair and nail salons as well as indoor dining facilities in the Town of Braselton effective March 26, 2020 at Noon to further mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This declaration is ordered jointly with other cities of Gwinnett along with Barrow, Gwinnett and Hall counties in order to maintain consistency in measures to mitigate the further spread of the COVID-19 virus.
   
As the declaration states, the COVID-19 virus has now become a worldwide pandemic disrupting community affairs, business services and governmental operations. Recommendations for voluntary measures such as closing or modifying operations to slow the spread of COVID-19 have been unsuccessful in limiting the growing number of cases in our community.
 
The Town’s Local Emergency Order calls for the following:
1.     Gyms, fitness centers/studios, movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys and entertainment centers, hair salons and nail salons within the Town of Braselton shall be temporarily closed to the public until the expiration of this ordinance. Home hair and nail salons are exempt.
 
2.     Restaurants, ice cream establishments, event facilities, food courts, and other eating establishments within the Town of Braselton cease offering dine-in service. Such eating establishments may continue to prepare and offer food to customers through delivery, takeout, and/or drive-thru service. Patio service is only allowed if patrons strictly adhere to maintaining a distance of six (6) feet between any individuals.
 
3.     Breweries and growlers within the Town of Braselton cease offering inside service. Such establishments may continue to sell unopened containers of beer by retail package for consumption off-premises. Patio service is only allowed if patrons strictly adhere to maintaining a distance of six (6) feet between any individuals.
 
4.     Cafeterias or on-site dining services in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other similar facilities within the Town of Braselton following previously issued state and federal public health guidelines shall not be subject to closure requirements of this Order.
 
5.     Food assistance programs and churches, may continue to operate and provide shelter and food to those in need as each such organization deems reasonable and appropriate in their own sole discretion so long as individuals comply with the social distancing requirements of 6 feet and other guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
6.     All Town owned playgrounds are hereby closed. Outdoor activity in Town parks such as walking, hiking, biking, and running may continue so long as individuals comply with the social distancing requirements of 6 feet and other guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
7.     All employers and businesses which remain open for use by the public must take the necessary steps to restrict in person contact and maintain a distance of 6 feet between individuals while in the establishment.  
 
Other items in the order include authorization of the Braselton Police Department to enforce these items along with the orders outlined by Governor Kemp on March 23, 2020.
 
The Local Emergency Order shall take effect at 12:00 pm on March 26, 2020 and shall continue until April 9, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.  
 
 
The Town of Braselton is here to serve its residents and businesses and will continue to update if we have any changes on our website (www.Braselton.net) and via social media https://www.facebook.com/BraseltonGA/.
 
Mayor Bill Orr
Jennifer Scott, Town Manager