Loganville is following the stricter enforcements mandated by Gwinnett County as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19. Businesses that will be required to temporarily close effective at 5 p.m. today include all gyms and fitness centers, restaurants are no longer permitted to offer dine-in but can continue delivery, takeout or drive-thru service and only Destination Park will remain open to allow people to use the walking trails provided they maintain the 6-foot distance between people. Gaither Park and the Toddler Park will be closed. Meridian Park had already been closed by the County.
Loganville Mayor Rey Martinez issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon.
Good afternoon City of Loganville residents. I am Mayor Rey Martinez and I hope you are all doing the best you can in these trying times that we are faced with.
As I hope you know, your city leaders on Monday declared a local emergency followed by an ordinance in the City of Loganville. As we all have become well aware of, COVID-19 and its impact in Loganville, on our community and our state, is changing for the worse. It is why at this time, with the support of our city council, that we are going to put in place a series of stricter rules and regulations as part of our effort to flatten the curve, as what has become a popular phrase.
Gwinnett County today adopted a local emergency order with guidelines that went beyond the steps we took here locally. This morning we took part in a conference call with Chairwoman Nash and the leaders of the various cities in Gwinnett County, and from this meeting, we all are pushing toward adopting the rules put in place at the county level inside our cities. This is being done so to not only lessen confusion by providing a unified set of guidelines to follow but also as the next step for us moving forward to try and lessen the impact locally of the coronavirus.
Moving forward, starting at 5 p.m. today, all gyms and fitness centers will be temporarily closed. All restaurants and other eating establishments will no longer offer dine-in or outdoor/patio service. Restaurants and eating establishments in the City of Loganville will be limited to delivery, takeout and/or drive-thru service. In addition, we will be closing Gaither Park and Toddler Park but will allow Destination Park to remain open so that people may continue to use the walking trail provided they keep 6 feet of distance between each other. The playground equipment Destination Park will be closed until further notice.
Cafeterias or on-site dining services in our nursing homes and assisted living facilities who are following previously issued state and federal public health guidelines are not subject to closure.
We will continue to follow Governor Kemp’s order that was issued Monday, which included that all employers and businesses which remain open for use by the public must take the necessary steps to restrict in-person contact and maintain a distance of 6 feet between individuals while in a given establishment. In addition, no business, establishment, corporation, nonprofit or organization shall allow more than 10 people to be gathered inside if they cannot be separated by at least 6 feet.
I think it is important for all of us to do our part in limiting the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Please make sure to continue following the guidelines offered by the CDC. I believe that things will get tougher for us in the days and weeks ahead before they will get better. But I believe in the resolve of the residents of the City of Loganville and the spirit we all share as Americans that we will get through this.
If at all possible, whenever possible, take precautions to limit your exposure but at the same time support our local businesses. They need us now more than ever.
We will continue to keep you updated on changes taking place here at City of Loganville via the “Coronavirus (COVIN-19) Announcements” header on the City of Loganville website as well as on social media. Please note beginning tomorrow, March 26th, that City Hall will now be open to the public only from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Thank you for your time, and God bless the city, the State of Georgia and the United States of America.