Council Approves Emergency Restrictions

The Doraville City Council has unanimously approved emergency restrictions through March 31 on restaurants and other businesses that bring people into close contact with one another, in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

For our businesses, more on the council's action can be found here in English, Spanish and Chinese

Enforcement will begin after 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 20. It will continue through the close of business on Tuesday, March 31. These restrictions may be extended if the mayor and council determine it necessary.

From 12 a.m. Saturday through March 31, restaurants, bars and other businesses that sell food or beverages for consumption on premises will be closed to in-person dining, consumption of alcohol or other business activities. In-person contact must be limited. Businesses affected by these closures shall establish systems that ensure that all onsite consumption of food is prohibited, and that patrons, employees and contractors of the business maintain at least 6 feet of personal distance between themselves as much as possible given the physical constraints of the premises. If possible, delivering food for takeout to a customer’s vehicle can also be part of a business’s plan. Establishments providing massage, manicure, hairstyling or personal grooming services must discontinue business through March 31 (or longer, if mandated by the mayor and council). Gyms or sports clubs offering the use of exercise equipment or close-contact sports must discontinue business during this time. Event facilities capable of hosting gatherings of more than 10 people also must discontinue business.

The City recognizes that these measures will have an impact on businesses but believes that public health has now become an overriding concern and must be safeguarded. Neighboring municipalities are implementing similar measures during this crisis. The City anticipates taking steps that will assist the business community, such as extending the deadline for occupational tax certificates (business licenses) to be renewed and delaying the payment of alcohol excise taxes. The Small Business Administration also is offering assistance at this time.

The City will continue to closely monitor the coronavirus pandemic. If these emergency measures are to be extended beyond March 31, a meeting of the mayor and city council is required.

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