Foley declares local state of emergency regarding COVID-19

Foley’s city council members voted to enact a citywide state of emergency in response to COVID-19 at their March 16 meeting. The resolution provides the mayor or council president the authority to make rapid decisions that affect public health and safety to aid in halting the spread of the coronavirus.

This decision follows declarations by Gov. Kay Ivey for a statewide state of emergency on March 13, 2020, and the Baldwin County Commission’s countywide declaration on March 14, both also in an effort to halt the spread of this virus.

This authorization allows the mayor to exercise emergency authority without requiring a vote from the entire council. This authority includes the ability to make decisions regarding finances, personnel, services and logistical and technical assistance. It also provides authority to ease regulatory requirements.

Foley has also temporarily closed the following buildings to the public: Foley’s public library, welcome center, senior center, the railroad museum and model train exhibit, the Holmes Medical Museum and the Foley Kids Park. Other parks remain open at this time.

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