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Statement from the Rome Mayor Bill Collins

July 16th, 2020 – 5:00 PM

Rome City Government – 

In an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Rome City Commission acted on Monday July 13, 2020 to adopt an emergency order to promote health, safety and welfare. Subsequently, Governor Brian Kemp issued an Executive Order on July 15, 2020 that suspends portions of the City of Rome emergency order that required face coverings be worn in public spaces and any related fines.

Mayor Bill Collins states, “Ultimately, we want to protect our community against the spread of COVID-19 to prevent our medical facilities from being overwhelmed and running out of available beds and resources. At the end of the day, we simply want to protect our community, keep our citizens healthy and our businesses vibrant. As a city, we will continue to work hard to achieve those goals.”

As part of our continued efforts to promote health, safety and public welfare for our citizens, City of Rome employees will continue to wear face coverings at all times while engaged in face to face interaction with the public and also when proper social distancing of six feet is not feasible.

The Rome City Commission calls upon Rome citizens to work together to help flatten the curve by wearing a face mask, washing hands frequently and maintaining a social distance of six feet; as also encouraged by the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Governor’s Office