Gainesville City Manager issues emergency directive


In response to concerns from the Gainesville business community and in the interests of the health and safety of our neighbors, City Manager Lee Feldman has issued an emergency directive (No. 2020-02).

It amends yesterday’s executive order as follows:

Large scale retail establishments have been added to the list of essential establishments that are excluded from the order. These include pharmacies, grocery stores, convenience stores, private offices, banks, hotels, hospitals, medical service providers, medical supply stores, hardware stores, gasoline service stations, automotive supply/repair centers, airports and bus stations.

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All non-essential places of public assembly that serve food and/or beverages between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. will be limited to service at tables with access to hand sanitizer.

In accordance with the governor’s Executive Order No. 20-68, all non-essential places of public assembly that serve food and/or beverages between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. must ensure a 6-foot minimum distance between any group of patrons and limit parties to no more than 10 individuals.

Per the governor’s executive order, any licensee authorized to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises that derives more than 50 percent of its gross revenues from the sale of alcoholic beverages shall suspend all sale of alcoholic beverages for 30 days beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.

The City understands the tremendous burden being faced by our local businesses. We are encouraging our neighbors to support them through take-out, delivery and drive-thru services wherever possible and through the purchase of gift cards whenever possible. More information about assistance to our neighbors and our small businesses can be found among the FAQs on our website. We continue to post updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages. (Please check back often for updates.)

If you have questions, the City of Gainesville will host a live Telephone Town Hall event about COVID-19 at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 18. Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe, members of the City of Gainesville Emergency Management Team and community health physician Dr. Lisa Chacko will update our community about how we’re working with community partners to fight the spread of COVID-19 and answer questions from callers. The event is open to everyone by phone regardless of district. Neighbors with landlines are encouraged to register in advance. You will receive a call back to be connected automatically at the time of the event. Cell phone users can dial in directly by calling 1-888-410-3427 at 6:45 p.m. tomorrow.

CONTACT: For more information, visit the City of Gainesville website and social media pages or contact

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