Please view the updates from the City of Kennesaw regarding COVID-19 below.
City of Kennesaw Announces Second Executive Order
Pursuant to the City of Kennesaw’s Declaration of Emergency adopted on March 20, 2020, and the Executive Order effective March 24, 2020, the City has announced a second Executive Order on March 25, 2020.
This orders that all land use matters requiring a public hearing, including, but not limited to all zoning, annexation, variance, special land use, historic preservation and other land use matters are stayed through the expiration of the Declaration of Emergency.
City of Kennesaw Initiates Emergency Operations Policy
Effective at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the City of Kennesaw will temporarily transition to limited services and staffing, under the City’s Emergency Operations Policy.
Essential operations include: Kennesaw Police Department and Kennesaw/Acworth 911 Emergency Communication Center, Public Works, Building Inspections and other staff deemed essential by the Office of the City Manager.
During this time, we ask for our community’s patience. All calls and emails will be responded to as soon as possible.
Sanitation will continue normal operations. Any change in sanitation will be announced by the City of Kennesaw via web and social media.
City of Kennesaw Announces Executive Order
Pursuant to the City of Kennesaw’s Declaration of Emergency adopted on March 20, 2020, the City of Kennesaw announces an executive order effective at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, and shall remain in effect until 12:00 p.m. April 6, 2020.
The City of Kennesaw announces this executive order out of concern for the health of our community and to encourage social distancing, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).
During the executive order, the following requirements shall be in effect:
- All restaurants, coffee shops and other places where food is offered to the public shall be limited to take out, drive-through or delivery. All on-premises dining is prohibited. Restaurants with a license to sell alcoholic beverages may sell such beverages with take-out orders.
- All public assemblages, events and gatherings of ten people or more persons are prohibited within the city limits.
- All bars, pubs, night clubs, skating rinks, gyms, trampoline parks and amusement arcades are closed.
- All retail establishments shall limit their hours and methods of operation in order to limit the number of customers on premises at any one time to that recommended by the CDC.
- All persons shall shelter in place as much as possible and there shall be a voluntary curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Exceptions to the curfew include work, food, medical treatment, medication or emergency.
- Grocery stores are exempt from the prohibitions set forth herein.
- Daycares are exempt from the prohibitions set forth herein.
The following shall apply to alcohol sales with carryout food orders:
- All restaurants that have a license to sell alcoholic beverages may sell beer, wine and cider in unopened containers with in-person take-out orders only. Alcohol shall not be served with delivery orders.
- Restaurants that have a license to sell alcoholic beverages and are located within a designated entertainment district where open containers are allowed may sell such licensed beverages with in-person take-out orders. Alcoholic beverages must be consumed outside of the restaurant and within the area of the connected entertainment district with their take-out order.
- Manufacturers of distilled spirits and malt beverages with a license to sell such beverages may continue to sell their products through take-out only.
- This directive is intended to suspend city enforcement of city ordinances prohibiting certain alcoholic beverages being sold with carry out food purchases.
- Any city ordinance in conflict with this Executive Order is temporarily suspended during the Declaration of Emergency period, unless otherwise amended in writing.
Swift-Cantrell Park Closed
Beginning Sunday, March 22, 2020, Swift-Cantrell Park, located at 3140 Old 41 Highway, will be closed to the public until further notice. The City of Kennesaw has announced this closure based on the social distancing recommendations made by the Center for Disease Control and the Georgia Department of Public Health.
City of Kennesaw Declares State of Emergency
On Friday, March 20, 2020, City of Kennesaw’s Mayor Derek Easterling declared a State of Emergency. The declaration follows the President of the United States declaring a National Public Health Emergency on Friday, March 13, 2020, the Governor of the State of Georgia declaring a State Emergency in Georgia on March 14, 2020; and the World Health Organization has declaring Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 30, 2020.
Kennesaw’s Code of Ordinances, Sec. 34-2, grants the power to declare a state of emergency to protect the safety, health, and welfare of the public.
At this time, the City of Kennesaw is not taking action to further reduce or restrict businesses from operating or establish curfews; this declaration does set the framework that will allow the City to respond expeditiously should the need arise.
This declaration of an emergency shall continue until the Mayor finds that the emergency conditions no longer exists, at which time the Mayor shall execute and file with the City Clerk a document marking the end of the state of emergency. No state of emergency shall continue for longer than 30 days, unless renewed by the Mayor. The City Council may, by resolution, end a state of emergency at any time. See, Sec. 34-2(a)(3).
For updates from the City of Kennesaw, please visit www.kennesaw-ga.gov/covid-19.
Georgia Department of Labor
The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) is beginning to see an increase in the number of partial claims filed as a result of businesses reducing work hours or temporarily closing their doors as a result of recent developments of COVID-19. As of an emergency ruling this week by the Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler, employers are mandated to electronically file partial claims on behalf of their employees whenever it is necessary to temporarily lay workers off. All Georgia employers will share in the cost of unemployment benefits paid to employees temporarily displaced due to COVID-19 easing the stress on business owners during this health crisis. These emergency rulings will help to simplify the process and get workers paid. All career centers are closed to the public, but employees are still working to process claims. Additional information can be found on the following link
dol.georgia.gov/blog/new-information-filing-unemployment-partial-claims-and-reemployment-services or by contacting Tammy Liner, Phone: 404.232.7383, Email: Tammy.Liner@gdol.ga.gov
Department of Driver Services
DDS has issued a 120-day extension for drivers 60 years old and older in driver license renewals. The following link has details of the extension and other related information. dds.georgia.gov/coronavirus-covid-19
Testing priorities should be given to these three groups:
- First responders
- Healthcare providers
- 65 years or older with 99.6 degree or higher temperature
City of Kennesaw Closes City Hall to Public Access
City of Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling announced today, March 16, 2020 that City Hall, including Public Works, will be closed to in-person, public access starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through at least March 31, 2020, based on President Trump’s Guidelines for America: 15 Days to Slow the Spread.
At this time, other closures include:
- Ben Robertson Community Center
- City of Kennesaw Municipal Court
- Frank Boone Dog Park at Swift-Cantrell Park
- Kennesaw Skatepark at Swift-Cantrell Park
- Playgrounds at Adams Park, Depot Park & Swift-Cantrell Park
- Smith-Gilbert Gardens
- Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History
The essential service functions, including Public Safety, Public Works and Code Compliance will not be interrupted. Select City staff is equipped to work remotely, using cell phones and laptops. The City’s mainline number, 770-424-8274, will be answered and calls will be routed as necessary. Staff members will return calls in the same manner as if City Hall were open for access.
The City of Kennesaw encourages use of the Online Payment Portal at this time for paying citations, sanitation, property tax and business taxes/license.
The following departments will accept payment over the phone:
- Building & Construction – 770-429-4554
- City Clerk – 770-424-8274
- Finance – 770-424-8274 (the $3 fee for over the phone payments will be waived during this time)
To contact the Police Department, please use the non-emergency line (770-422-2505). In case of emergency, please dial or text 911.
Please rest assured, Mayor Easterling, the City Council and City Manager are fully engaged during this time and Kennesaw will do its best to service its citizens, stakeholders and staff in the best manner possible.
City staff continues to monitor recent reports and information on COVID-19 provided by the CDC and the DPH.
The public is encouraged to visit City’s website at www.kennesaw-ga.gov/covid-19 for information and updates.
Order Declaring Judicial Emergency
WHEREAS, the Governor has determined that a Public Health State of Emergency exists in the State of Georgia due to the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19, and whereas that state of emergency constitutes a “judicial emergency” pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 38-3-60 et seq., see O.C.G.A. § 38-3-60 (2).
WHEREAS, pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 38-3-61, the Honorable Harold D. Melton, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, has ORDERED AND DECLARED a Statewide Judicial Emergency in the State of Georgia. The nature of this emergency is the continued transmission of Coronavirus/COVID-19 throughout the State and the potential infection of those who work in or are required to appear in our courts.
WHEREAS, the Judicial Emergency substantially endangers or infringes upon the normal functioning of the judicial system as it relates to jury service, including grand jury service, and any non-essential matters, unless they can be conducted via video or teleconferencing.
NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 38-3-61, The Honorable Chief Judge H. Luke Mayes IV of the Municipal Court of Kennesaw, Cobb County Georgia, DOES HEREBY ORDER AND DECLARE the existence of a Judicial Emergency in the City of Kennesaw. The nature of this emergency is the continued transmission of Coronavirus/COVID-19 throughout Cobb County and the potential infection of those who are required to appear in our courts and interact with large groups due to jury service, including grand jury service, or other large, non-essential calendars.
Thus, the undersigned hereby makes this declaration of a judicial emergency affecting all courts and clerk’s offices in the City of Kennesaw as it relates to any nonessential matters, unless they can be conducted via video or teleconferencing.
To the extent feasible, The Municipal Court of the City of Kennesaw shall remain open to address essential functions, and in particular shall give priority to matters necessary to protect health, safety, and liberty of individuals. Essential functions are subject to interpretation; however, some matters that fall into the essential function category are: (1) where an immediate liberty or safety concern is present requiring the attention of the court as soon as the court is available; (2) criminal court search warrants, arrest warrants, initial appearances, and bond reviews; (3) in custody probation revocation hearings; and (4) in custody criminal pleas. To the extent court proceedings are held, they should be done in a manner to limit the risk of exposure, such as by videoconferencing, where possible.
Pursuant to OCGA § 38-3-62, during the period of this Order, the undersigned hereby suspends, tolls, extends, and otherwise grants relief from any deadlines or other time schedules or filing requirements imposed by otherwise applicable statutes, rules, regulations, or court orders, whether in civil or criminal cases or administrative matters, including, but not limited to any: (1) statute of limitation; (2) time within which to issue a warrant; (3) time within which to try a case for which a demand for speedy trial has been filed; (4) time within which to hold a commitment hearing; (5) deadline or other schedule regarding the detention of a juvenile; (6) time within which to return a bill of indictment or an accusation or to bring a matter before a grand jury; (7) time within which to file a writ of habeas corpus; (8) time within which discovery or any aspect thereof is to be completed; (9) time within which to serve a party; (10) time within which to appeal or to seek the right to appeal any order, ruling, or other determination; and (11) such other legal proceedings as determined to be necessary by the authorized judicial official.
This Judicial Emergency shall terminate on April 13, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., unless otherwise amended.
Should the state of emergency extend beyond the period indicated above or should the nature of the emergency otherwise require modification, a determination of available alternative remedies for the conduct of court business will be made as necessary, and a corresponding order will be entered and distributed in accordance with Georgia law.
Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 38-3-63: IT IS ORDERED that the Sheriff of Cobb County and Chief of Police for the City of Kennesaw shall post this Order on his public notification site and in the courthouse;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the undersigned shall immediately notify and serve Chief Justice Harold D. Melton of the Supreme Court with a copy of this Order, such service to be accomplished via email to Therese Barnes, the Clerk of the Supreme Court of Georgia, at email@example.com;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the undersigned shall immediately notify and serve a copy of the order on the judges and clerks of all courts sitting within the jurisdictions affected and on the clerks of the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court, such service to be accomplished through reasonable means to assure expeditious receipt; and
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the undersigned shall give notice of the issuance of this Order to the affected parties, counsel for the affected parties, and the public.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 16th day of March, 2020.
Luke Mayes IV, Chief Judge
City of Kennesaw Municipal Court
Play Structures Closed
Effective immediately, all play structures at Adams Park, Depot Park and Swift-Cantrell Park are closed to public access. This includes all playgrounds, the skatepark and the dog park.
Mayor & Council Meeting – Public Comment & Facebook Live
If you would like to provide public comment on an agenda item, but do not want to attend the Mayor and City Council meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your comments on a specific agenda item will be read aloud for the record.
As always, you can view the agenda online at kennesaw.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/.
The meeting will be broadcasted live tonight (3/16/2020) on the City’s Facebook page! Tune in at 6:30 PM!
Out of an abundance of caution, and out of concern for the health of our community and staff, the City of Kennesaw has decided to close the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History, Smith-Gilbert Gardens and the Ben Robertson Community Center to the public at the close of business today, March 14, 2020, through April 10, 2020. This action will allow the facilities to be disinfected and sanitized, and is also an effort to adhere to the social distancing recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).
All Public Events & Programs Suspended
Based on guidance and information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and out of an abundance of caution for the health of our staff and community, the City of Kennesaw has decided to suspend all public events and programs through April 10, 2020. Smith-Gilbert Gardens, the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History and Kennesaw Parks and Recreation will be maintaining normal business hours.
We are taking these precautionary measures to keep our staff, community and those most vulnerable safe and healthy.
All Non-Essential Meetings Postponed
As cases of the coronavirus increase in Georgia, the City of Kennesaw has decided to postpone all non-essential public meetings beginning today, Thursday, March 12, out of an abundance of caution and out of concern for the health of our citizen volunteers and staff members.
The City Council will continue to have its regular monthly meetings and any meetings that are required due to ordinance processes and/or requirements. Monthly meetings by City boards, commissions and authorities that are not required will be postponed for the next several weeks or until further notice. All board, commission and authority volunteers have been notified of the cancelations via email.
City/County Open House Canceled
With the recent announcement from Chairman Mike Boyce regarding the cancellation of the SPLOST Renewal Open Houses for the month of March, Mayor Derek Easterling has announced that the joint City/County Open House, scheduled for March 19, has been canceled out of an abundance of caution for our community.
Mayor Easterling has asked City staff to work with County officials & staff to reschedule the joint Open House for a future date.
Health Official Monitoring COVID-19
In an effort to keep our community well-informed, please see the below information and useful resources regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).
As you may be aware, late last night (March 2) Governor Brian Kemp and Dr. Kathleen Toomey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and chair of the governor’s COVID-19 task force, confirmed two cases of the virus in Fulton County. The coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has since been detected in more than 35 locations internationally, including cases in the United States.
According to DPH, symptoms of COVID-19 may resemble the common cold or seasonal flu, which is a far greater risk this time of year. The best way to prevent infection with any respiratory virus is to use the same preventative strategies used during a normal cold and flu season: get a flu shot, wash hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home when experiencing symptoms of illness until they resolve. It is important to remember that viruses cannot target people from specific populations, ethnicities or racial backgrounds and this type of stigma should be avoided.
Since early last week, GMA has been in contact with DPH and has full access to the Department’s Joint Information Center, which includes accurate and consistent messaging updates to disseminate to our valued cities. We will be diligent in sharing the vetted information we receive with you. We are currently working with DPH to share more information specific to local governments, but wanted to make you aware of several useful links in the meantime.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of useful resources to prevent, identify and treat (if needed) cases of COVID-19. Please review and share this information with your respective councils, commissions, public safety departments and staff.
- COVID-19 Health Advisories
- CDC Information
Best Practices, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- The flu is still widespread and active throughout the state, so if you have not already gotten a flu shot, it is not too late. While the flu shot will not protect against COVID-19, it will prevent serious complications that require hospitalization and prevent overburdening the health care system in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.
- If you have recently traveled to areas where there are ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 and develop fever with cough and shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, or if you have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay home and call your health care provider or local health department right away. Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
For more information please contact DPH directly:
Constituent Services DPH-ConstituentServices@dph.ga.gov
24/7 Public Health Emergency Line: 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584)
Resources for Local Businesses
- U.S. Small Business Administration Offers Disaster Assistance to Georgia Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Medical Supplies Database
- Exclusion List
- Cobb Chamber’s Resource Page
- Kennesaw Business Association “Best Practices”