City governments are on the front line of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The threat of widespread illness impacts how city governments deliver services to the public, how cities interact with state and federal agencies for assistance and how cities solicit the cooperation of the public in the protection of public health. The University of Georgia and GMA conducted a survey of city governments in the state between April 8 and 22 to learn more about how municipalities are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. This four-part series of essays by Dr. Eric Zeemering summarizes the survey results, explains how city governments remained open and engaged, outlines city-level perspectives on the intergovernmental response to the pandemic and illustrates the networks that have formed to respond to health and economic aspects of the pandemic at the local level.
On May 12, Governor Kemp issued an extensive and detailed Executive Order. This is a summary prepared by GMA’s Legal Department explaining that order and its impact on local governments.
In response to city inquiries, GMA has drafted the attached model policy for requiring city employees and others visiting city buildings to wear face coverings when inside city buildings. GMA is not taking a position as to whether your city should choose to require face coverings in city buildings. However, for those cities that are considering such protective measures, we suggest you consider this model policy. If you choose to use it, we encourage you to adapt it to your own unique circumstances. As with all matters, we encourage you to seek the guidance of your City Attorney before adopting this or another policy requiring face coverings.