PROCLAMATION OF THE MAYOR REGARDING THE INITIAL COVID-19 RESPONSE PLAN FOR THE

TOWN OF WADLEY, ALABAMA

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 11-47-130 of the Code of Alabama (1975), “All cities and towns in this state shall have the power to maintain the health and cleanliness of the city or town within its limits and within the police jurisdiction thereof;”

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 11-43-81 of the Code of Alabama (1975), the Mayor has “general supervision and control over all other officers and affairs of the city or town, except as otherwise provided [by law];”

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, the Director of the World Health Organization described the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic;

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States issued a “Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak;”

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the Governor of the State of Alabama issued a proclamation of a state of public health emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak;

WHEREAS, the goal of this response plan is to institute a protocol to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the Town of Wadley, Alabama, particularly through the use of its public facilities;

WHEREAS, this plan is based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the CDC has announced that containment of the virus is no longer possible and that community spread is occurring;

WHEREAS, this plan may be updated as new information is disseminated;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Donna McKay, Mayor of the Town of Wadley, Alabama (“Town”), proclaim and direct the following:

Effective March 23, 2020, the following persons shall not enter or remain upon any Town of Wadley-owned facility or property, including Wadley Town Hall, Wadley Parks and Recreation Fields/Area, Wadley Public Works, and the Town’s public park/playground:

*Persons who have been in countries within the last fourteen (14) days which have been identified by the CDC as subject to a Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice or as a place of “Widespread sustained spread and restrictions on travel to the United States,” see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html (This list may be updated);

*Persons who reside or have had close contact with someone who has been in one of the countries noted above within the last fourteen (14) days;

*Persons who have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency;

*Persons who have been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19; and

*Persons who have a fever (100.4 degrees F/38 degrees C or higher), cough, have trouble breathing, or are obviously unwell.

Anyone attempting entry in violation of these protocols will be denied entry. Any person who has business to conduct at Wadley Town Hall but is unable to appear because of the restrictions above should contact the Town Hall by telephone at 256-395-2261.

2. Effective Friday, March 13, 2020, all Town of Wadley Parks and Recreation programs/games/activities are cancelled, pending further notice. For additional updates, please find Wadley Parks and Rec on Facebook.

3. Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, Wadley Town Hall and the Town of Wadley Public Works Building are closed to the public, pending further notice. Utility customers may make payments via the Drop Box located on the North side of Wadley Town Hall. The Clerk and the Assistant Clerk will also receive payments from customers at the front door of Town Hall.

4. The Town Council meeting scheduled for Monday, April 6, 2020 is canceled, pending further notice. The next scheduled meeting will be posted outside Town Hall, in the Wadley Post Office, and in The Randolph Leader.

Done this 23rd day of March, 2020.

Donna McKay, Mayor

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