Mayor Declares State of Emergency in Suwanee
Mayor Jimmy Burnette declared a state of emergency in Suwanee, Georgia in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The declaration will allow the city to prioritize resources, coordinate an effective response, and other steps necessary in response to this emergency. The declaration is effective as of 3:00 pm on March 20, 2020.
Along with a Declaration of Emergency, Mayor Burnette has also signed Executive Orders 2020-01 and 2020-02. Executive Order 2020-01 orders the closure of restaurant dining rooms, including patios. Establishments may continue to sell food via delivery service, takeout, and drive-thrus. Executive Order 2020-02 orders the closure of all gyms, fitness centers/studios, movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys and entertainment centers and other similar establishments within with the corporate limits of Suwanee. These actions are similar to orders implemented by other Georgia cities, including the cities of Atlanta and Brookhaven.
“Most of our city restaurants have already began making these adjustments on their own, and for that we thank them for their proactive efforts to date,” said Mayor Burnette. “With this proclamation, we are taking additional steps to combat the spread of COVID-19 in our community, and protect the health and safety of Suwanee residents.”
“We continue to encourage residents to support local businesses while practicing social distancing to minimize the spread of COVID-19. City staff has collected and created a web page outlining local restaurants, shops, and services that remain open and their adjusted business models. This information can be found at Suwanee.com.”
The City of Suwanee will continue to monitor the situation and make informed decisions that support public health and flatten the curve of COVID-19. The following steps have been taken to date:
- Closed City Hall, the Police Station, Police Training Center, Suwanee Municipal Court, and Public Works buildings to the general public.
- Created phone or online options for obtaining necessary city services;
- Reduced onsite employees and directed at-risk employees not to report to work;
- Increased cleaning protocols and installed sanitizing stations;
- Developed alternating work groups to segregate employees for essential services (water, dispatch, etc.);
- Postponed court sessions, public meetings, and events through March 31;
- Postponed any water customer disconnects;
- Extended business license due date until May 29;
- Closed the Suwanee Welcome Center.
City parks will remain open for the time being, with the practice of safe social distancing recommendations.
For more information about the City of Suwanee’s response to COVID-19, including what city facilities are closed or city services impacted, please regularly check Suwanee.com.