Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Orders Postponement of Meetings of City Boards, Commissions and Similar Bodies

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020



Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an Executive Order postponing all meetings of City of Atlanta boards, authorities, commissions, committees or similar bodies which are scheduled to occur in City Hall or other City facilities.


All meetings of the bodies subject to this Order may resume once City Hall and other City facilities reopen to the public.

“While the City continues to operate and carry out critical and essential functions, we must take every measure possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections,” said Mayor Bottoms.

Today’s Order is the latest action taken by Mayor Bottoms to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the City of Atlanta. 

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an Executive Order instituting a temporary order for those individuals within the territorial jurisdictional limits of the City of Atlanta to stay in their place of residence.

Mayor Bottoms issued an Executive Order calling for the closure of all bars and nightclubs that do not serve food, gyms and fitness centers, movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys, and arcades, and private social clubs, located within the territorial jurisdictional limits of the City of Atlanta. However, restaurants and other eating and drinking establishments where food is served may continue preparing and offering food to customers via delivery service, drive-through, or take-out. 

Mayor Bottoms issued an Administrative Order directing the Atlanta Police Department to refrain from enforcing prohibitions against the sale of unopened wine or malt beverages by the package for off premises consumption by restaurants and other eating and drinking establishments licensed for the sale of those beverages. 

To combat the COVID-19 health threat, Mayor Bottoms issued an Executive Order prohibiting public gatherings and events of 50 or more persons within the City of Atlanta until March 31.

Mayor Bottoms also issued a directive for the Centers of Hope Afterschool program to continue to provide free meals to all students who rely on them throughout the closure of schools. For more information on the Centers of Hope Afterschool Program and Registration, please visit the Official Website. 

The City has also posted prevention information and additional resources related to COVID-19 on its website here. 

Chief among the City’s guidance to residents and visitors are the following preventative measures:

Wash your hands often with soap and 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. 

If you have recently returned from a country with ongoing COVID-19 infections monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials