Fayetteville declares state of emergency

A temporary state of emergency has been declared by the Fayetteville City Council, which will close non-essential businesses and services until April 7 to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The council met in a special session Tuesday and passed Ordinance 0-4-20, details of which are posted at www.fayetteville-ga.gov under the News tab. Restaurants must close in-person dining but can continue to offer food for pickup (including unopened containers of beer and wine if licensed) or delivery (without alcohol). Professional services that operate by appointment only, such as attorneys and accountants, may stay open as long as they abide by the governor’s March 23 executive order to limit public contact. Houses of worship are exempt from closing but were strongly advised to reduce meeting density or switch to online services.

City Manager Ray Gibson said all businesses and residents should comply with state and federal guidelines while confirmed cases of coronavirus continue to increase in Georgia. The council will hold future meetings by teleconference until further notice.