Columbia County State of Emergency

A State of Emergency has been declared for Columbia County, effective Noon today. At this time, the State of Emergency includes one Executive Order that regulates public gatherings (see below). This order is issued out of an abundance of caution.


WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, Columbia County declared a State of Emergency in the County of Columbia due to COVID-19 being a public health threat in the County;

WHEREAS, pursuant to the powers vested in me as and pursuant to the provisions contained in New York Executive Law §24, which authorizes the Chief Executive to promulgate Local Emergency Orders upon a finding that the public safety is imperiled by the event of a public emergency or in the event of reasonable apprehension of immediate danger thereof, to protect life and property and to bring an emergency situation under control;

NOW, THEREFORE, by the power vested in me as Chief Executive of Columbia County, it is hereby ordered:

Section 1. Regulation of Public Gatherings

All social, community, and public events or gatherings, including Columbia County-sponsored events, where it is anticipated that attendance will exceed fifty (50) people or more, shall be restricted, cancelled or postponed. This means all social gatherings of more than fifty (50) should be deferred until further notice. For any meetings that are absolutely necessary, a venue should be chosen that can accommodate a six foot distance between participants. Citizens are asked to restrict public appearances to critical activities such as obtaining fuel, food, or medical care. When in public, please retain a six foot distance from your fellow citizens. Sound
personal hygiene techniques should be in practice.

Section 2. Effective Date

This Local Emergency Order shall take effect on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 12:00pm.

Section 3. Duration of Local Emergency Order

The Local Emergency Order declared in Section 1 shall remain in effect for five (5) days unless sooner extended or revoked, but may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five [5) days during the pendency of the local state of emergency.

Signed this 16th day of March 2020,
Matt B. Murell
Chairman, Columbia County Board of Supervisors

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