By Faye Gaston

Union Springs Mayor Saint T. Thomas, Jr. made an executive decision about the pandemic disease caused by the coronavirus. He issued a “Proclamation of the Mayor Regarding the Initial COVID-19 Response Plan for the City of Union Springs, Alabama.”

The Union Springs Code of Ordinances states that the Mayor shall prescribe rules for regulating the “performance of all business of the city, and for the regulation of officers and employees under such official’s control.”

On March 16, 2020 Union Springs Mayor Thomas issued a proclamation on behalf of the entire City Council to proclaim that “Effective immediately, Union Springs City Hall, Union Springs Street Department, Union Springs Police Department, Union Springs Recreation Center, Union Springs Nutrition Center, the City’s Pubic Parks and Ball Field and the Union Springs Volunteer Fire Department, are closed to the public pending further notice.

"All City of Union Springs Recreation Center and Union Springs Senior Center programs are cancelled.; pending further notice. The Nutrition Center for the Seniors’ meals will continue with homebound delivery and to-go options ONLY.”

His plan is to “mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Union Springs through the use of its public facilities.” It is based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Mayor said the doors to City Hall are locked with only one employee working there. If some business needs to be conducted, phone City Hall for instructions.

He said that employees of the police department, fire department and street department would have to continue to work, but with caution.

These departments are closed to the public. Every day City Hall and the Police Department would be sanitized. The gathering at the Fire Department to help with filling out census forms was cancelled.

He said when these city operated places are open to the public again, the announcement would be made by the media, including Channel 12-TV and Facebook.

The Mayor’s proclamation states the following to prompt his response plan: On March 9, 2020 the Director of the World Health Organization described the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic (global disease).

On March 13, 2020 the President of the United States issued a Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency concerning this disease outbreak.

On March 13, 2020 the Governor of Alabama issued a proclamation of a state of public health emergency related to this disease outbreak.

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