Conyers City Council Orders Shelter in Place, Closure of Non-Essential Businesses and Prohibits Gatherings
The Conyers Mayor and City Council met in an emergency meeting on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, and passed an ordinance ordering an emergency shelter in place among residents, which outlines specifics on what it means to shelter in place, closing non-essential businesses and prohibiting public gatherings in the city limits of Conyers. This ordinance builds upon the Council’s previous declaration of a state of emergency and passage of an ordinance restricting restaurants to curbside, delivery or take-out only, sale of beer and wine for restaurants offering take-out consumption off-premises, and closure of entertainment establishments.
The city’s shelter in place order and new restrictions call for the following to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19):
- All residents in the city limits are ordered to stay at their place of residence. Residents may leave their residences only for essential activities, essential government functions or to operate essential businesses.
- Essential activities include obtaining medical supplies or medication; visiting a health care professional or obtaining supplies needed to work from home; obtaining necessary supplies, such as groceries, and/or delivering to others; engaging in outdoor activities while maintaining social distancing requirements; performing work at an essential business; or to care for family members or pets in another household.
- Essential businesses include healthcare, infrastructure, grocery stores, gas stations, automotive repair and supply, hardware stores, banks, restaurants (delivery or curbside only), and childcare facilities. For a full list, visit conyersga.com.
- Essential businesses remaining open must post signage on entrance doors advising customers to maintain at least six (6) feet of personal distance between themselves and others.
The restrictions enacted in the ordinance will take effect beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020 and end at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, unless extended by the Conyers City Council.
“The shelter in place order was enacted after a considerable amount of thought, reflection and review of a great deal of information provided by local, state and federal health officials,” said Mayor Vince Evans. “This ordinance is necessary to help flatten the curve and reduce the potential for overwhelming our local healthcare resources, and always top of mind is to protect the health and welfare of our citizens.”
Since the passage of the shelter in place ordinance, the city has learned Rockdale County Government is expected to pass a similar ordinance regarding a shelter in place order for county residents.
For more information, visit conyersga.com or follow the city’s social media accounts.
City Council Restricts Restaurants to Take-Out, Curbside and Delivery, Restricts Entertainment Establishments
The Conyers Mayor and City Council met in an emergency meeting on Friday, March 20 and unanimously passed an ordinance restricting restaurants to take out or delivery of food only, closing certain entertainment businesses in which public health could be compromised, and allowing restaurants licensed to sell beer and wine for on-premises consumption to sell beer or wine for take-out consumption off-premises.
The Conyers City Council approved a resolution declaring a state of emergency at its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, March 18. Based on information provided from the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and local authorities, the council is taking further action in the hopes of reducing the spread of COVID-19.
The city’s state of emergency and new restrictions call for the following:
- All bars, restaurants, or businesses who sell food or beverages for consumption on premises or who provide entertainment on premises shall be closed to in-person dining, consumption of alcohol, or entertainment until the expiration of the ordinance on April 13, 2020.
- Bars, restaurants and other businesses who sell food may offer food for customers to eat somewhere other than at the establishment, i.e. curbside service or delivery.
- If a restaurant is licensed to sell beer and wine for on-premises consumption, such business for the duration of the ordinance only (through April 13, 2020) shall be authorized to sell beer or wine for take-out consumption off-premises with the purchase of food.
- The following businesses shall be closed through April 13, 2020: bars and nightclubs, gyms and fitness centers, movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys, arcades and private social clubs.
- The City Council and all other boards, commissions or agencies of the city shall have the authority to conduct meetings and take votes by teleconference.
The restrictions enacted in the ordinance will take effect beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2020 and end on April 13, 2020, unless terminated or extended by the Conyers City Council. For more information, visit conyersga.com or follow the city’s social media accounts.
Conyers Alters Operations due to COVID-19
City of Conyers officials have enacted an action plan for its departments related to the COVID-19 virus.
The city will utilize all resources at its disposal to ensure normal operations and services continue for citizens without interruption as long as possible.
Essential employees for the city of Conyers will continue to report to work in an effort to minimize any disruption in services. As the situation develops, the city will determine the best course of action to continue providing services while protecting the public and governmental employees.
Conyers Police Department: Court, Probation, Fines, Citations, RASS Classes
Public safety services remains the city’s top priority and residents can expect to continue receiving the highest level of services from Conyers Police. Municipal court will be suspended for 30 days (through April 15), as will community service workers for the next 30 days (through April 15).
Individuals serving probation can make payments online at conyersga.com or via the drop box located in the Conyers Police Department lobby at 1194 Scott Street. Those serving probation may also call in, rather than reporting to their probation officers through April 15, 2020.
Citizens submitting special event permits will be evaluated by Conyers Police personnel on a case-by-case basis.
The Conyers Police Department is cancelling the April RASS training and will contact everyone when the course will resume in a safe manner. It is also been determined that the time associated with permits will be frozen as of this date. In essence, you will not be considered delinquent in renewing or obtaining a RASS Certificate for your permit. Everyone will be contacted when this moratorium has been lifted and everyone in need of the course will be notified as such.
Planning and Inspections
The city’s Planning and Inspections office will not accept cash payments until further notice. Payment (by checks, money order or credit card number) is encouraged by mail or utilizing the drop box located outside of the Human Resources and Finance Departments. Individuals submitting permits with payment may also mail or drop off in the designated drop box.
Business license applications can be downloaded via conyersga.com (Permits and Forms tab) and submitted via email to email@example.com or drop off completed applications in the drop box at 1174 Scott Street. The $50 application fee can be paid via check or over the phone with credit or debit card plus a 3% processing fee.
Sign permit applications can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off in the drop box at 1174 Scott Street. Once they have been processed, the customer will be contacted to mail a check or pay via phone with a credit card or debit card plus the 3% processing fee. Questions? Call 770-929-4280.
Development/business permit applications, plans and plan review fee can be submitted by mailing to 1174 Scott Street, Conyers, GA 30012 or dropping them off in the lobby area of the Planning and Inspections building with a check attached made payable to the City of Conyers. Questions or follow-up on permits or plans should be emailed to email@example.com or by calling 770-929-4280.
Electrical, plumbing and HVAC permits can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to 1174 Scott Street, Conyers, GA 30012. Payment can be made with a check attached to the application or over the phone with a credit card or debit card plus a 3% processing fee.
Taxes, Commercial Sanitation and Conyers Security Alert
The city’s Finance Department will not accept cash payments until further notice. Citizens desiring to conduct other business with the city (making tax payments, commercial sanitation payments, etc.), are encouraged to do so via the city’s website, conyersga.com, mail payments by check, money order or credit card, or utilize the drop box located outside of the Human Resources and Finance Departments. Customers may also call 770-929-4294 or 770-483-4411 to make payments over the phone or for further assistance. Receipts for payments by phone will be mailed to customers. No payments will be accepted in the front lobby of City Hall.
Georgia International Horse Park
The Georgia International Horse Park is closed to organized events effective March 18 until April 15. The Georgia International Horse Park’s trails system will remain open for passive recreation to individuals, organized group use of the trail system is not permitted.
The venue will be thoroughly cleaned during this closure. Staff members will be working on an alternating basis to limit human-to-human contact among our team members.
Horse Park staff is currently working with many promoters and event producers to reschedule events, and will provide regular updates as quickly as possible. The most up-to-date status of events will be listed on the Calendar of Events on the venue website at www.georgiahorsepark.com. The Conyers City Council, city officials and Horse Park management will reevaluate the current status of the coronavirus outbreak beginning April 1 regarding the need for further closings.
Cherokee Run Golf Club
Cherokee Run Golf Club is closed to the public effective March 24-April 7. The dining room and pro shop are closed and tee times, events and tournaments during this time frame are canceled or postponed. For more information, call 770-785-7904.
“The city is serious about protecting its employees and customers,” said City Manager Tony Lucas. “These are our efforts to limit the contact city employees have with the general public in order to minimize the risk of the spread of the flu, other illnesses and COVID-19, should it present itself. We encourage our employees to take precautions when necessary to protect themselves and encourage our citizens to limit their exposure to our employees so that they have the best chance of remaining healthy and on the job to serve the citizens of Conyers.”
As recommended by the World Health Organization, all are urged to:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and maintain social distancing.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If an individual thinks they may have contracted COVID-19, they are urged to contact their primary care physician, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) or the Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale Department of Public Health’s website (www.gnrhealth.com) first. If individuals still have questions, they can contact the GNR DPH at 770-339-4260.
Conyers officials continue to take steps to prepare our community during this time. Please continue to monitor the local news media, conyersga.com, and the city’s social media channels for additional information.