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Bill No. 031720A Ordinance No. 987 Prohibiting Any Public Gathering of 50 or More

Bill No. 031720A Ordinance No. 987 Prohibiting Any Public Gathering of 50 or More

BILL NO. 031720A                                                                                  ORDINANCE NO. ___987____

 

AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING ANY PUBLIC GATHERING OF 50 OR MORE PERSONS EXCEPT FOR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, DAYCARE FACILITIES, AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS IN THE CORPORATE CITY LIMITS OF THE CITY OF ROGERSVILLE DURING THE DURATION OF THE MAYORS PROCLAMATION OF CIVIL EMERGENCY DATED MARCH 17TH, 2020, OR ANY EXTENSION THEREOF; AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ISSUE AN ORDER AMENDING WHICH PUBLIC GATHERINGS ARE PROHIBITED TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH; ESTABLISHING A PENALTY FOR VIOLATING THE PROHIBITION; AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY PURSUANT TO CITY OF ROGERSVILLE CODE SECTION 225.010. RECOMENDATION BY THE MAYOR THAT NO MORE THAN 10 PERSONS TO CONGREGATE IN ANY ONE LOCATION.

 

WHEREAS, in December 2019, medical professionals detected a novel coronavirus, now designated as “SARS-CoV-2,” which causes a disease known as “coronavirus disease 2019” abbreviated and popularly known as “COVID-19”; and

 

WHEREAS, on January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization Director General declared an outbreak of COVID-19 as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, advising countries to prepare for containment, detection, isolation and case management, contact tracing and prevention of onward spread of the disease; and

 

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization Director General

characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic; and

 

WHEREAS, on March 13, the President of the United States declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency; and

 

WHEREAS, COVID-19 is spread person to person through direct or close proximate contact and presents an imminent threat of widespread illness; and

 

WHEREAS, three cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in Greene County, and in

some cases COVID-19 can lead to severe illness; and

 

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) has recommended the cancellation or suspension of public gatherings of 50 individuals or more with the exception of educational institutions, daycare facilities, and business operations, and Governor Parson, on March 15, 2020, has encouraged local  governments to provide the same guidance; and

 

WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, the Mayor declared a civil emergency because of the threat COVID-19 poses to the public health.

 

 

 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMAN OF THE CITY OF ROGERSVILLE, MISSOURI AS FOLLOWS:

 

Section 1 – A “public gathering” for purposes of this Ordinance shall be defined as a planned

or spontaneous event with a number of people in attendance that could facilitate the spread

of a communicable disease.

 

Section 2 – Board of Alderman hereby prohibits any public gathering of 50 or more persons except for educational institutions, daycare facilities, and business operations in the corporate limits of the City of Rogersville during the duration of the Mayor’s proclamation of civil emergency dated March 17, 2020, or any extension thereof.

 

Section 3 – During the duration of the Mayor’s proclamation of civil emergency dated March 17, 2020, or any extension thereof, Board of Alderman hereby authorizes the Mayor, after consultation with appropriate city, county, and state officials as determined within his discretion, to issue an order amending which public gatherings are prohibited, either in number or in type, if in his judgment the prohibition should be amended to protect public health.

 

Section 4 – No person shall fail, neglect, or refuse to comply with, or in any manner aid, assist, encourage or countenance the commission or perpetration of a violation of the prohibition in this Ordinance or any subsequent order regarding public gatherings issued by the Mayor during the time said proclamation of civil emergency, or any extension thereof, shall be in effect. Any person who shall violate this provision shall, upon conviction, be punished as provided by City of Rogersville Code Section 210.007.

 

Section 5 – Interactions with City Government will be limited to bill payment by phone, web, or anyone of our payment boxes. If cash is given a credit will be applied to the respective account if an overage is provided it will result in a credit on the account and be applied to future bills.

 

Section 6 – Board of Alderman hereby finds and declares that an emergency exists in that large public gatherings will facilitate the spread of a communicable disease,  COVID-19, and therefore this Ordinance relates to the preservation of the public health and safety pursuant to Section 225.010 of the City Code.

 

Section 7– That Jon Hill, Mayor of the City of Rogersville, is hereby authorized to execute on behalf of the City of Rogersville, Missouri, an ordinance of Public Health and Safety.

 

Section 8– That this ordinance shall be in full force as of March 17, 2020 and effect from and after that date.

 

PASSED by the Board of Alderman of the City of Rogersville this March 17, 2020 after its

second reading.

 

APPROVED by the Mayor of the City of Rogersville this March 17, 2020.

 

Emergency Proclamation

 

WHEREAS, in December 2019, medical professionals detected a novel coronavirus, now designated as “SARS-CoV-2,” which causes a disease known as “coronavirus disease 2019” abbreviated and popularly known as “COVID-19”; and

 

​WHEREAS, on January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization Director General declared an outbreak of COVID-19 as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, advising countries to prepare for containment, detection, isolation and case management, contact tracing and prevention of onward spread of the disease; and

 

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization Director General characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic; and

 

​            WHEREAS, on March 13, the President of the United States declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency; and

 

WHEREAS, COVID-19 is spread person to person through direct or close proximate contact and presents an imminent threat of widespread illness; and

 

WHEREAS, three cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in Greene County, and in some cases COVID-19 can lead to severe illness; and

 

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) has recommended the cancellation or suspension of public gatherings of 50 individuals or more with the exception of educational institutions, daycare facilities, and business operations, and Governor Parson, on March 15, 2020, has encouraged local  governments to provide the same guidance; and

 

WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, the Mayor declares a civil emergency because of the threat COVID-19 poses to the public health.

 

 

 

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