Dunwoody temporarily closes more businesses to protect against COVID-19


With some exceptions, businesses that provide “massage, manicure, hairstyling, or personal grooming services” are required to close at midnight.

Dunwoody, GA – March 23, 2020 – The Dunwoody City Council held a virtual, emergency special called meeting tonight and voted unanimously to require the temporary closure of Dunwoody businesses that provide “massage, manicure, hairstyling, or personal grooming services.” The decision is designed to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for employees and the public. The closure order will take effect at midnight and will last for 30 days, unless lifted or extended by Council.

“This has been incredibly difficult,” said Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch. “It is important that we all do our part. I want to be clear that at any point, Council can revisit these issues.” Click here for a link to the emergency ordinance.

The emergency ordinance exempts massage provided by medical doctors, chiropractors or licensed physical therapists for medical purposes. It also allows salons that sell products as a normal course of business to continue to do so, as long as customers and employees can maintain a safe social distance.

The new business categories were added as amendments to an emergency ordinance that also calls for the temporary closure of gyms, studios and sports clubs. The same ordinance requires restaurants and businesses that sell food or beverages for consumption on premises to temporarily discontinue in-person dining. Those establishments are still allowed to offer delivery, drive-thru, curbside pickup or takeout instead.

In addition, the emergency order calls on all other businesses that remain open for use by the public to take the necessary steps to restrict personal contact and maintain a distance of 6-feet between individuals on the property.

For more information on the City of Dunwoody’s response to COVID-19, visit dunwoodgyga.gov/COVID19, which also includes links to health information from the CDC and Georgia Department of Public Health.

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For more information regarding the City of Dunwoody, please contact Jennifer Boettcher, Communications Director: 678.382.6881, Jennifer.Boettcher@dunwoodyga.gov.