Walthourville's city council held a called meeting March 26 at the city’s police department to address additional precautions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among the steps the city is taking:
City employees are working from home.
Dining facilities can only offer take-out or curbside service.
Drinking establishments in the city must close. Package stores can stay open, but have to follow Centers for Disease Control guidlines on social distancing and cleaning.
Public and private gatherings of more than 10 people are banned. Tattoo parlors, massage studios hair and nail salons within city limits must close.
The council discussed the possibility of keeping sections of Johnnie Frasier and Hillery Park open but instead opted to close both parks entirely.
Fitness facilities in the city limits were also required to close.
The city will waive water service fees for customers for the months of March, April, May and June for those unable to make their payments. The fees will be collected, but residents have until October to get caught up before anyone gets disconnection notices.
All churches inside the city limits are encouraged to practice density reduction or provide services through social media and follow the CDC social distance of keeping people six feet apart.
Essential operations will remain open but were to follow CDC guidelines. Among the essential operations mentioned during the meeting were:
· Governmental operations
· Spaces where people are in transit or waiting for transit such as bus stops
· Childcare facilities
· Grocery Stores
· Certain retail facilities
· Doctor’s offices
Businesses that remain open are to practice the 6-feet rule and limit the amount of people inside their establishments as much as possible.
Residents are requested to isolate in place unless they need to get essential supplies. However, it is encouraged and not mandatory at this time. People who think they might be infected should immediately self quarantine.
Violators are subject to fines of up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail, according to city officials.