Sunday, March 22, 2020

Chatham County declares state of emergency, mandates social distancing measures for restaurants and bars

Posted By on Sun, Mar 22, 2020 at 3:52 PM

After days of criticism for not doing so much earlier, Chatham County Commission Chairman Al Scott has signed a resolution declaring a State of Emergency in Chatham County effective immediately.

However, in some ways the measure still falls short of restrictions currently in effect in the City of Savannah.

Under today's order, "All eating establishments, bars, and nightclubs within the County shall reduce indoor seating capacity and ensure seating is sufficient to achieve 6 foot social distancing. If restaurants, bars, and nightclubs cannot achieve the 6 foot social distancing protocol they are ordered to close," a County spokesperson says.


The resolution calls for the "immediate closure of all indoor recreation, fitness and entertainment facilities. Restaurants capable of providing take-out, delivery or drive-through service are encouraged to increase these services to avoid in-house dining as much as possible."

The City of Savannah last week closed all bars which don't serve food, and prohibited all guided and walking tours. Funerals and weddings within City limits are strongly encouraged to be ten or fewer people.

Chatham Area Transit (CAT) remains operational throughout the County at this time. Citizens are encouraged to use public transit only when necessary to travel to and from work and when shopping for essential items.

The resolution will be in effect until April 22  or "shall be terminated in conjunction with the termination of Governor Kemp’s State of Emergency."

About The Author

Jim Morekis

A native Savannahian, Jim served as editor-in-chief of Connect Savannah from 2001-2020. The University of Georgia graduate is also a travel writer, authoring regional guides in the Moon handbook series...
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