City of Griffin establishes COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force

STAFF REPORT :::

The city of Griffin has established a COVID-19 Task Force to enforce Governor Brian Kemp’s “Reviving a Healthy Georgia” executive order that permits many businesses to reopen.

Kemp’s order outlines provisions and mandates how certain businesses, corporations, organizations and governments should conduct themselves during the remainder of the Governor’s Public Health State of Emergency, which will expire at 11:59 p.m. May 13.
Kemp authorized regulatory authorities, the Georgia Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement officers to enforce his executive order.

A press release issued by the city of Griffin stated, “The City of Griffin takes this pandemic very seriously and will enforce the Governor’s Order to ensure the safety and well-being of its citizens and businesses. We have assembled a task force of enforcement personnel who will focus on education, spot checks, and if necessary, appropriate legal action. Uniformed officers have been trained on the Governor’s requirements and will be visiting local businesses and organizations to ensure measures are followed to protect our citizens.”

Griffin officials expressed appreciation for citizens’ patience and perseverance during this unique time in our history while also acknowledge the work of the city’s “amazing employees” who continue to steadfastly work around the clock to maintain a safe and secure environment for our citizens and visitors.

Local authorities say Griffin businesses and organizations have been most cooperative in maintaining required social distancing, enhanced hygiene and limiting of gatherings, and stress that in order to continue to protect our population, all must remain vigilant in our fight against this contagion.

“The City continues to urge citizens to avoid unnecessary travel by sheltering in place, to proactively engage in social distancing, and to ensure proper hygiene protocols are followed,” the release stated. “Thank you again for your conscientiousness and diligence as we make advances in the fight against COVID 19.”

Comments

  1. Steven, W, Stroup says:

    I have heard from a few hair dressers that they were visited as many as 3 times the first day they were open by 3 different task force officers. Now I can understand that this new and they are probably just driving around ans randomly checking. I don’t see a problem with this except that they complained that the officers manor ranged from being helpful to threatening. And the standards varied just as much. So far I have not heard of anyone having their business licence pulled, citations issued, or fines imposed. My place of employment is wanting to open up again and the owner wants to have a check list to post that everyone who work there knows what standard we have maintain. Where can we get these standards?

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