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GMA Creates Model Ordinance & FAQ Reference for Cities

With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis evolving rapidly, GMA has created a Frequently Asked Questions document for our members containing analysis of questions GMA staff have received over the first weeks of this crisis. City officials are strongly recommended to consult with their city attorney before taking any actions related to this crisis. The information contained in this FAQ should not be considered or construed as legal advice.

In addition, GMA created this model ordinance as a guide to establish a uniform measure aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19. Every city should adapt their respective ordinance to best serve their communities.

Cities Respond to COVID-19

Visit GMA’s COVID-19 Resource Center to access recent news articles detailing cities’ actions surrounding COVID-19 and for a list of cities’ emergency procedures, which is updated daily.

Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) developed an initial list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help state and local officials as they work to protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. This list gives guidance to state, local, tribal and territorial jurisdictions and the private sector on defining essential critical infrastructure workers. Read the full memorandum here

Gov. Kemp Calls on Georgia Businesses to Aid with Critical Healthcare Needs

Governor Brian P. Kemp today called on all Georgia businesses who are able to help the state provide, produce, distribute, or store critical healthcare items needed to fight the spread of COVID-19. Read the full press release.

Seeking FEMA Assistance to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Consistent with the President’s National Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 pandemic on March 13, 2020, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging local officials to take appropriate actions necessary to protect public health and safety pursuant to public health guidance, conditions and capabilities. Under emergency declaration, FEMA is authorized to reimburse local governments for costs associated with “emergency protective measures” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read NLC’s guidance on seeking FEMA assistance. Also, follow these links to access two factsheets on HR6201: Factsheet 1 and Factsheet 2.

Interim Guidance for Responding to COVID-19 among the Homeless     

The CDC provided guidance for key actions that local and state health departments, homelessness service systems, housing authorities, emergency planners, healthcare facilities, and homeless outreach services can take to protect people experiencing homelessness from the spread of COVID-19. Follow this link to access guidance for the unsheltered homeless and this link for guidance on homeless shelters and services.

GMA's Updated Coronavirus Reference Center

As GMA receives pertinent resources surrounding COVID-19, we will update the Coronavirus Resource Center for Municipal Officials.

Additional Resource:

Visit GMA's COVID-19 Resource Page

Coronavirus Hotline

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City managers, finance directors and clerks, remember to stay connected with each other through GMA’s convenient listservs. To join, email Becky Taylor at:

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