(St. Robert)–The St. Robert City Council has called a special meeting this afternoon to consider an ordinance declaring a state of emergency due to the current coronavirus outbreak. If approved, the state of emergency would take effect Wednesday at noon and mandate the closing of places of public accommodation to members of the public. These places would include restaurants, food establishments, bars, taverns, parks, recreation centers, community centers, and aquatic centers. The exceptions to this order would be governmental and judicial functions, health care facilities, grocery stores, pharmacies, religious or faith-based activities, weddings, and funerals. Every place of public accommodation that offers food and beverage service to the public would be encouraged to use delivery service, window service, walk-up service, or drive-through service instead of having their in-door facilities open. Under the state of emergency ordinance being proposed for St. Robert, the mayor could invoke a public proclamation that would call on all individuals living within the city to remain at home, except to perform tasks essential to the health and safety of family members or others…to obtain or deliver necessary food, services or supplies…and to travel to work.
The special meeting is scheduled to be held at 4:30 this afternoon in the St. Robert Municipal Center.