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   Whenever the Mayor shall, after consultation with the Director of the City Office of Emergency Management, find that a public health emergency exists as defined herein and that invocation of the extraordinary powers conferred herein is necessary to help preserve and maintain the health, safety, and welfare of the general public, he shall forthwith proclaim in writing the existence of such emergency.  Upon such determination the Mayor is hereby empowered to invoke any or all of the following provisions:
   (A)   To close any and all streets, alleys and other public ways in the city to the public whenever it is necessary for the preservation of life and public health and safety.
   (B)   Order retailers to limit the kinds and quantities of medical, health and sanitation items that a business may sell per customer per day.
   (C)   Order the closing of places of mass assembly, including but not limited to theaters, clubs, or performances intended for a public audience, and athletic venues.
   (D)   Order the closing of places of institutional childcare or education such as daycares, preschools, and private educational institutions.
   (E)   Order that places of private employment take reasonable measures (as determined by each employer) to minimize any exposures to infectious diseases or health risks to employees and customers by, for example, partial or full closures, or authorizing non- essential employees to work from home or take leave, or deploying social distancing protocols.
   (F)   Cancel city sponsored events and gatherings, cancel or impose limitations or special protocols for the provision of city services and the use of city facilities, and authorize the redistribution or rededication of city resources and budgetary appropriations, not to exceed $1,000,000 unless otherwise approved by the City Council, as necessary to help address or combat the proclaimed emergency.
   (G)   Enter any agreements authorizing the use of city owned property by third parties, or agreements for the city's use of non-city owned property, outside of the usual requirements for city real property transactions prescribed by ROA 1994 § 5-2-1 et seq. as necessary to help address or combat the proclaimed emergency.
   (H)   Issue such other orders as are imminently necessary for the protection of life and property throughout the duration of the emergency, including any provisions above that have not been previously invoked.
(Ord. 2020-010)