RABUN COUNTY, Ga – In a special called meeting on March 23, Clayton City Council approved a two-week state of emergency for the city and closed all restaurant dining rooms.
Restaurants can still offer carry-out and drive-thru orders. The ban goes into effect on Wednesday morning.
The ban is a result of people in the community reaching out to the council about other disregarding the social distancing recommendations. The council wanted to keep everyone in Clayton healthy especially since the city has seen an influx of summer residents.
They still want everyone to visit the town and support local businesses but avoid the majority of person to person contact whenever possible.
Restrictions on alcohol have been lifted somewhat. If placing a to-go order, customers can add up to 35 oz. of beer of a bottle of wine to the order.
All other businesses are asked to only allow one customer per a hundred square feet. This excludes employees and staff.
A reevaluation will be made within a week’s time. Also, meetings will be broadcast over Facebook but closed to the public. Press and invited persons can attend city council meetings.
Dillard City Council also has closed all in-dining for restaurants, starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24.
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