WHEREAS, on March 6, 2020, Governor Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, on March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, on March 13, 2020 President of the United States Donald J. Trump declared a National Emergency, on March 13, 2020 Kenton County Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann declared a state of emergency in Kenton County, Kentucky, and on March 18, 2020 the Fort Wright City Council unanimously indicated that the Novel Coronavirus, aka COVID-19, presented a severe and complex threat to the public health, safety and welfare of our citizenry and declared that extraordinary emergency measures are warranted; and
WHEREAS, since then many businesses have been shuttered and stringent advisories on essential businesses have been issued to persuade people to isolate and follow social distancing practices, and to useany and all other precautions to avoid serious personal risks in order to "Flatten the Curve" and prevent overwhelming our ability to adequately care for and treat those who may become infected by the virus; and
WHEREAS, the time has now come for measures to be taken to re-open the economy before any further irreparable harm occurs affecting those who live, work, and own businesses in our community as a result of the economic engines of our society ceasing to exist; and
WHEREAS, the City of Fort Wright wishes to encourage businesses to safely, and responsibly, begin operations; and
WHEREAS, the City of Fort Wright wishes to provide for the temporary establishment of outdoor dining, curbside pick-up, and drive thru options to restaurants that currently are located within commercial zones that do not provide for such an experience or for restaurants that currently do not have any such type of seating and/or services.
WHEREAS David Hatter, the Mayor of the City of Fort Wright, KY hastheauthority of KRS Chapter 39A and 398 of the Kentucky revised statutes and the additional authority granted by Executive Order 04-2020.
NOW, I AS MAYOR, AM HEREBY EXERCISING MY AUTHORITY AS FOLLOWS:
- The City of Fort Wright will temporarily allow all existing restaurants in all zones to establish outdoor dining options in addition to offering carryout, curbside pick-up, and other drive thru services whenever feasible; and
This executive order shall remain in effect, and governed by the full force of the law, until modified and/or repealed, and is hereby enacted this 16th day of May, 2020.