Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques issued an executive order late Wednesday afternoon to consolidate all the steps the city is taking to prevent the spread of coronavirus into one document.

The statement issued by the city:

City of Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques issued Executive Order 2020-5 late Wednesday afternoon. The city wanted to issue one clear and concise order that encapsulates many of the previously ordered measures.

A lot of the measures in Executive Order 2020-5 have been stated in earlier executive orders. There are a few additional measures now in place including the closure of certain types of businesses. Many of these types of businesses have closed on their own. The city accounted for them in order to limit the dates of reopening.

Athletic clubs and facilities, instructional studios with more than ten people in attendance at one time including staff, movie or performance theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys and arcades, massage parlors and other similar establishments within city limits are now temporarily closed.

“Every shelter in place ordinance we have reviewed has no enforcement mechanism included nor to we have the ability to enforce such a measure,” Henriques stated on a video posted to the city’s social media channels Wednesday afternoon. “Therefore. we are not using the language shelter in place. Instead the City of Woodstock strongly encourages residents to limit travel and remain indoors to reduce the spread of the virus.”

The order to restrict dine in operations at restaurants remains in effect. Such establishments may continue to offer food through delivery, takeout and/or drive thru service and businesses licensed for on-premise consumption of alcohol may continue to sell packaged, unopened beer and wine with those orders.

All employers and businesses in the City of Woodstock that remain open must take steps to restrict person to person contact and maintain a distance of six feet between individuals. Dining services in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other similar facilities are not subject to closure by the order.

The Governor’s Executive Order issued Monday was incorporated into Woodstock’s latest executive order. Therefore, all persons who live in nursing homes, have chronic lunch disease, are undergoing cancer treatment, or are included in any Department of Public Health Administrative Order should shelter in place within their residence.

According to the order, no business, non-profit or for-profit, shall allow more than ten persons to be gathered at a single location if gathering requires persons to stand or sit within six feet of another person.

Henriques authorized City Manager Jeff Moon to utilize personnel and resources including but not limited to the Woodstock Police Department to support compliance with and to assist in the enforcement of the order.

Executive Order 2020-5 went into effect at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25 and will expire at 11:59 p.m. on April 12.

Follow City of Woodstock, GA on Facebook, @woodstockgagov on Twitter, or go to www.woodstockga.gov for additional information relating to COVID-19 response.

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