City Council members during an in-person called meeting Tuesday voted 5-2 to approve the resolution declaring the state of emergency. Councilman Joseph Goldstein and Councilwoman Cheryl Richardson voted against the declaration.
Richardson and Councilman Reggie Copeland did not attend the meeting at the Council Chambers, but participated through teleconference.
Goldstein said while “we have to flatten the curve” to prevent overloading the healthcare system, he couldn’t support the declaration because it goes beyond what Gov. Brian Kemp has ordered at the state level.
Richardson, who is quarantined at home while recovering from the novel coronavirus, said she was concerned about the ramifications of the city not closing its parks.
Cobb County and the city of Kennesaw this week closed their parks.
“It’s going to bring people here and we’re saying that it’s OK,” she said.
Council members also approved extending business license payment deadline to May 30 and designating 15-minute parking spaces around the Square for restaurant take-out services.
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