The Rome City Commission, the Cave Spring City Council and the Floyd County Commission adopted an emergency resolution to declare a Public Health Emergency for the Cities of Rome, Cave Spring and Floyd County during a virtual meeting on Thursday that was open to the public via Zoom and Facebook Live. The ultimate goal is to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
This resolution establishes the closure of all bars and restaurants, aside from take out and delivery. All gatherings of over 10 people are barred, including at local parks (though trails are exempt from the suspension).
Local officials acted in response to a letter from Northwest Georgia medical and public health leaders which encouraged temporary closure of restaurants, bars and other places of business where individuals gather for socialization to include movie theaters, museums, gyms, and other recreation facilities.
Sammy Rich, Rome City Manager, read the letter to participants in the virtual session. Public health officials wrote that the time to take action is now.
The joint order by local elected officials remains in place through March 31st, unless it is extended by further action.
Questions may be directed to Kristi Kent, Public Information Officer for the City of Rome, at (706) 237-0446, or the Floyd County Clerk’s Office at (706) 291-5110.