Lawyers for the Athens-Clarke County government have urged a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit an Athens gun store filed asking that the government’s emergency shelter-in-place ordinance be declared unconstitutional.
As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds, local and state government budget planners are facing unprecedented uncertainty.
The Athens-Clarke County Commission is asking Gov. Brian Kemp to order a moratorium on rent payments and is urging the federal government for a similar moratorium on mortgage payments.
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department was scheduled to host an on-site assessment team this week for its goal of national accreditation for its communication division, but that effort has been moved into May.
Athens-Clarke County’s state of emergency is likely to be extended another month when the Athens-Clarke County Commission meets next week, according to Athens-Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz.
All buildings, parks, trails, and open space parks are closed as of March 30. This includes Ben Burton Park, Dudley Park, the Greenway, Firefly Trail, and Sandy Creek Nature Center trails that had previously been open while other facilities were closed.
An Athens gun store owner is suing the Athens-Clarke County government over its emergency shelter-in-place ordinance, calling it “an abuse of police power.”
The Athens-Clarke Commission approved mandatory social distancing — keeping at least six feet apart — and a “shelter-in-place” order.
The Athens-Clarke County Commission placed a limit ban Monday on public gatherings, becoming the latest Georgia community to take dramatic steps to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Following the actions of other states and cities across the country, Athens-Clarke County will impose its own curfew starting Monday night.