STONE MOUNTAIN ISSUES SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER
On Friday, March 27th, 2020, DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond issued a shelter in place Order that directed all individuals living in Dekalb County to stay at their place of residence unless engaging in essential activities, essential government functions, or to operate or work for or access essential businesses.
On Saturday, March 28th, 2020, Mayor and Council of Stone Mountain met in an emergency session and adopted Emergency Ordinance 2020-20 that echoed DeKalb County’s shelter in place restrictions for the City of Stone Mountain.
Both the Order and the Ordinance are effective as of Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 9:00 pm until further notice. Copies of both orders are attached.
The City’s Executive Order, Essential Activities, Essential Businesses, and Minimum Basic Operations are defined in the Emergency Ordinance:
SECTION I. EXECUTIVE ORDER:
1. There exists a public health and economic emergency within Stone Mountain, DeKalb County, Georgia, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the following emergency actions must be taken to promote and secure the health, safety, and economic well-being of all people in Stone Mountain, DeKalb County, Georgia;
2. In accordance with this emergency declaration, it is ordered that all individuals living in Stone Mountain, DeKalb County, Georgia are directed to stay at their place of residence. All individuals are permitted to leave their places of residence only to provide or receive certain essential services or engage in certain essential activities and work for essential businesses and essential governmental functions, all as defined herein;
3. Individuals who are medically fragile in that they are at an increased risk for contracting COVID-19 and people who are sick are strongly encouraged to stay in their residence to the extent possible except as necessary to seek medical care ("medically fragile person/people");
4. Individuals experiencing homelessness are exempt from this order but are strongly urged to find shelter and government agencies and non-profits to provide shelter and housing and assistance;
5. Any person showing symptoms recognized by the CDC as indicators of COVID- 19 shall refrain from entering public buildings, restaurants, shops, public transportation facilities and all other areas where the public ingresses or egresses. Such person should seek medical attention and follow the directions of their Primary Care Physician until given the clearance to return to public interaction;
6. The Chief Executive Officer of Dekalb County reaffirms, recognizes, and reinforces the various Orders and Resolutions that various cities, wholly or partially located in DeKalb County, have enacted declaring a State of Emergency with varying rules and limitations within their respective city limits;
7. The Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb County invites all of the cities to adopt this Order so that the Rules within all of DeKalb County are uniform and easily accessible and understood by our citizenry, employers and businesses;
8. In an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect all residents, citizens, and visitors, Mayor and Council of Stone Mountain encourage all businesses with a facility in Stone Mountain, DeKalb County, Georgia except Essential Businesses as defined herein, to cease all except Minimum Basic Operations, as defined herein;
9. All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited, except for the limited purposes as expressly permitted herein. Nothing in this Ordinance prohibits the gathering of members of a household or living unit;
10. All Stone Mountain, DeKalb County, Georgia citizens who travel to Gwinnett County and outside of DeKalb County's boundaries are encouraged to abide by all Orders and regulations issued by Gwinnett or the jurisdiction to which one has travelled. All citizens from neighboring counties who enter Stone Mountain, DeKalb County, Georgia are encouraged to follow the rules set forth in this Emergency Ordinance;
11. The Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb County and the Chair of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners are committed to sharing information with the cities, including Stone Mountain so that executive orders, rules and regulations are regional and complementary in an effort to reduce the imminent economic and public health harm of COVID-19 and create uniformity of purpose across the region;
Definitions and Exemptions as Presented
12. Essential Activities. Individuals who are medically fragile in that they are at an increased risk for contracting COVID-19 and people who are sick are strongly encouraged to stay in their residence to the extent possible except as necessary to seek medical care. In performing Essential Activities, all persons are required to remain six (6) feet from each other. For the purposes of this Ordinance, individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following Essential Activities;
a. To engage in activities or tasks essential to an individual or family member's health and safety (including pets);
b. To obtain necessary services and supplies for themselves, their family or household or to deliver those services or supplies to others;
c. To engage in outdoor activity, at your residence to the extent possible, provided the individuals remain at least six feet from each other;
d. To perform work for Essential Businesses or to obtain products or services from Essential Businesses, including engaging in Minimum Basic Operations;
e. To care for a person who is medically fragile or family member or pet in another household;
f. To engage in Essential Governmental Functions, which are any and all services needed to ensure the continuing operation of any governmental agency. Persons who are performing or accessing Essential Governmental Functions are exempt from this Ordinance;
13. Essential Businesses. Essential Businesses are defined as the following:
a. All types of Health care operations, including but not limited to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, doctor's offices, research and laboratory operation; but gyms and fitness centers arc NOT considered health care operations
b. Home based care for seniors, adults and children
c. Veterinary Operations
d. Federal, State, County and Municipal services
e. Utilities (gas, electricity, phone, cable)
f. Banks and credit unions
g. Essential Infrastructure--telecommunications, airports, airlines, transportation (buses, MARTA, Lyft, Uber, taxis)
h. Delivery services (businesses that deliver or ship foods or goods to homes or businesses)
i. Essential Manufacturing/Construction to maintain public health, safety, and welfare
j. Businesses selling food
k. Businesses that supply products needed for people to work at home
m. Professional services such as legal, accounting and real estate when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities
n. Businesses that perform repair work for businesses and homes
o. Trash and recycling collection, processing, and disposal
p. Mail and shipping services
q. Lodging Businesses (For Example, hotels, motels and conference centers)
r. Laundromats/dry cleaning
s. Janitorial Services (Building/Residential cleaning and maintenance)
t. Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations
u. Auto repair and gas stations
v. Warehouse/distribution and fulfillment
w. Funeral homes, crematories, and cemeteries
x. Storage for essential businesses
y. Animal shelters or animal care or management and crematories
z. Bike shops
aa. News Media
bb. Logistical and Tech Support
cc. Cafeterias located within medical, industrial, government or other such production facilities that are performing essential functions that are necessary to promote health, welfare and vital resources in DeKalb County. These facilities are strongly encouraged to stagger meal times, limit use as much as feasible to achieve physical distancing, and to thoroughly follow CDC protocols of cleaning.
dd. Childcare facilities
ee. Elder care facilities
ff. Any service that is deemed by the Chief Executive Officer to be essential for the protection of public health, safety, and welfare;
14. Minimum Basic Operations. "Minimum Basic Operations" include the following, provided that people remain six (6) feet from each other to the extent possible while carrying out such operations:
a. the minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business' inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions;
b. the minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences;
15. In recognition that the City does not have the personnel or resources to monitor and police distancing or gathering limitations or shelter in place requirements, the Stone Mountain police department and other departments of City government as necessary are authorized to support compliance with this Order through information delivery and education of individuals about the terms of this Order and the imminent threat posed by COVID-19.
This Order will be effective on March 28, 2020 at 9:00 pm. and may be amended as necessary in order to adapt to the ever-changing health and economic situation in Stone Mountain, Georgia and in DeKalb County. This Order is not intended to and does not create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable in law or equity by any party against the City of Stone Mountain, its officials, employees, or agents. This Order remains in effect until further notice; all provisions of this Order are subject to change or termination and in accordance with City Charter. Nothing shall prevent the reenactment of this ordinance if the emergency still exists.
The City is committed to continuing essential government functions: Police, Public Works, and Code Compliance will make regular report. Other essential departments/services as determined by the City Manager will make scheduled report.
City Facilities are closed to in-person public access until further notice. Please call 770-498-8984 and dial 180 to leave a message for return call.
The Administration Department and Court Services will service permits, licenses, applications, case inquiries, and municipal fines and fees collections, etc. on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8am to Noon (by appointment). These offices will use discretion and reference essential activities and business guidelines in servicing appointments and any walk-ins.
The City’s Welcome Center, Public Restrooms, and Parks are closed until further notice.