Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, Mayor of Atlanta Keisha Lance Bottoms has signed an executive order limiting occupancy of public gathering spots, including restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, clubs, and bars, to no more than 50 people.
Gatherings now limited to 50 based on @CDCgov recommendations issued yesterday. I am aware of the latest recommendation from the president and we will continue to adjust and update accordingly. pic.twitter.com/49co2QcyZH
— Keisha Lance Bottoms (@KeishaBottoms) March 16, 2020
“We know that we need to take active measures to flatten the curve,” Bottoms said in a statement, according to Atlanta Intown. “This is an unprecedented health crisis and social distancing is critical. We are following the latest CDC guidance and we will continue to follow the recommendations of our public health experts.”
Exceptions to the order include hospital cafeterias, nursing homes, and similar facilities.
On social media, Mayor Bottoms recommended partners of the city “halt evictions during this time.”
Bottoms has signed two other executive orders—one prohibiting public gatherings and events of 50 or more people within the City of Atlanta until March 31, and another temporarily prohibiting the Atlanta Police Department and the Department of Parks and Recreation from accepting new applications for permits and events.