The Jesup City Council held a called meeting Friday morning to discuss the effects of Gov. Brian Kemp’s shelter-in-place order on city residents. The order went into effect at 6 p.m. Friday and is scheduled to end April 13 at 11:59 p.m.
During the meeting, Mayor David Earl Keith said that the governor’s order supersedes the city’s current ordinance that was put in place March 13, placing restrictions on local businesses and organizations.
Keith said that Jesup is well-prepared.
“The good thing about this whole executive order from the governor is that the city of Jesup was pretty much doing all these services already,” Keith said.
Keith said that many local businesses and organizations are already practicing the six-foot social distancing and have already placed signs on their windows and doors to limit customers to 10 at a time. He added that Walmart and Harvey’s are doing everything they can to ensure the safety of their customers by preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
“I realize that these times are uncertain, but please be patient. I ask that you please work with authorities while we are under this order. We will get through this,” said Keith.
All essential businesses remain open, including city hall and the drive-through window allowing residents to pay their water bills, Keith said. He added that travel is not restricted in the city, that no special note or pass needs to be displayed in the windshield while traveling in an automobile, and that no note is needed to go to work.
During the meeting Commissioner Nick Harris strongly suggested that people work from home if possible, even though they may be allowed to travel to their place of employment.
Keith said that the governor’s shelter-in-place order can be viewed at gov.ga.gov and that additional information concerning how the order affects residents directly is on the city’s website at www.jesup.gov. He noted that, with the governor’s new order, hair salons, barber shops and similar businesses are no longer allowed to conduct business at their homes and that churches should still conduct services online rather than at their sanctuaries.
Keith said that all regularly scheduled city council meetings have been canceled until further notice unless an emergency called meeting is scheduled.
The Wayne County Board of Commissioners was scheduled to meet Friday at 2 p.m. to discuss its coronavirus-related restrictions. Results were unavailable as of press time. The Press-Sentinel planned to post highlights its website, www.thepress-sentinel.com, later Friday afternoon.