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Richmond Hill issues 'voluntary social distancing directives'
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The city of Richmond Hill issued a notice Friday night recommending businesses that remain open "voluntarily adhere to social distancing standards from the Centers for Disease Control" in response to COVID-19.

Here's the notice, emailed to the Bryan County News late Friday night.


Issued: March 20, 2020 | Effective Immediately

In the interest of public health and safety, and due to an abundance of caution with the confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Chatham and Effingham counties, the Mayor and Council of the City of Richmond Hill recommend all local businesses voluntarily adhere to the social distancing standards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

At this time, the following are voluntary directives, but we strongly urge all local businesses that are choosing to remain open to adhere and follow the current CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to our residents and visitors:

• Restaurants and other eating and drinking establishments where food is served should REDUCE SEATING CAPACITY BY 50% for dine-in services and may continue preparing and offering food and drink to customers via delivery service, drive-through or take-out.• Tables and booths at such indoor and outdoor eating and drinking establishments should also be 6 feet apart and occupied by 6 people or fewer.• All gyms and fitness centers should also LIMIT OCCUPANCY BY 50% and deep clean equipment with high frequency.

We encourage those who are at highest risk of contracting the virus – including older residents, those with underling health issues and compromised immune systems – to please stay at home.

Additionally, events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene and social distancing. When feasible, events should be modified to be virtual.

The City has set up a “Coronavirus Resources” web page with links to Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and all of our updates in one place on our website at

Please contact the City of Richmond Hill at (912) 756-3345 if you have any questions or concerns.

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