Mayor Garrett Issues Stay at Home Order

Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett issued an Emergency Stay At Home Order in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. The Order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 25, 2020 and stays in effect for 14 days until 11:59 p.m. on April 7 unless extended further or rescinded.

Parks are still open and outdoor exercise like running, biking or taking a walk is perfectly acceptable; however, exercise gyms, fitness centers and associated facilities will be closed to reduce the spread of coronavirus. While exercising outside, you should still practice social distancing by running or walking at least six feet away from other people.

Since March 16 the number of cases of COVID-19 officially reported in DeKalb County has increased exponentially and is expected to continue to do so if significant measures are not taken immediately, said Mayor Garrett. Multiple cities in Georgia, including the City of Atlanta, following the advice and recommendations of infectious disease and public health experts, have issued similar orders for residents to shelter in their homes and have banned gatherings.

The Order directs that individuals living within the City of Decatur may leave their residences only for essential activities, essential governmental functions, or to operate essential businesses.  Additionally, when individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence.

The definition of essential businesses may be found in the Order and include businesses and activities related to health and safety including the delivery of those services and supplies to others such as food, medicine, and products essential to the operation of residences as one example. Examples of essential businesses include grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, auto supply and repair, and restaurants offering to-go orders only.

The intent of the Order is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, while enabling essential services to continue, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible.

Mayor Garrett said, “I urge the community to work together as we help stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and keep everyone safe during this time.”

For more information and to read the full Order, visit www.decaturga.com/covid19.

Mayor Garrett Issues Public Parks Reminder

Mayor Patti Garrett Issues Public Parks Reminder  

Public Parks in the City of Decatur remain open. Adherence to the following guidelines is imperative to protect the safety and health of our community during this public health emergency:

  • If you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, stay home, and avoid public parks and other public spaces.
  • Adhere to social distancing requirements and remain 6 feet away from others or you may be asked to leave the park.
  • Do not engage in contact sports or games, such as playground soccer, basketball, etc.
  • Bring hand sanitizer as bathrooms may be closed.
  • Bring water as water fountains are temporarily unavailable.
  • The playgrounds are closed.

Exercise provides much needed stress relief. Walking, running, skateboarding or cycling can be done while still maintaining a safe 6-feet of distance from others. Thank you for continuing to do your part in ensuring our community remains as safe as possible during this time.

It’s Walk-tober : Come Walk With Us!

There are lots of opportunities to walk with Decatur Active Living this month!

Walk With a Doc is held every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Meet us in front of the Decatur Recreation Center for a three mile walk. Sometimes we have a Doc and sometimes we don’t – we always walk! If it is raining, we can walk the elevated track in the gym.

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Third Sunday Walk is October 16th at 1:30 p.m. and features Mayor Patti Garrett taking us on her 10,000 steps walk that is featured in a Visitor’s Center brochure. . Meet in Harmony Park and be sure to bring a water bottle.

Fourth Thursday Bright at Night Walk will be held on Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. and is a Halloween themed walk! Walk by  homes decorated for the holiday as you meet new friends and get your walk on. The walk lasts approximately one hour. Be sure to wear something bright so you will “Be Safe and Be Seen.” Walkers will receive a special light to wear and keep. Feel free to dress in costume! Let’s have some fun.

 

 

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Last year’s October “Bright at Night” walkers