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Q & A on Stay-at-Home Order from the Mayor



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The Emergency Order becomes effective March 28

On March 17 there were 7 cases of COVID-19 in Gwinnett County. Ten days later there were 78. The very next morning there were 83. More compelling, there is a 6 to 7-day delay in getting test results, plus testing is limited to only first responders, medical personnel, and sick people. I think you get the point. As a result, when the County asked all the Cities to join them in a stay at home order, our Council was unanimous in support.

This decision was not made impulsively or without due regard for the impact on our business community. You should know by now how business-friendly we are. Rather we chose to find that balance between your health and your paycheck that we thought was in everyone’s best interest. We will do what we can for our businesses separately. For now, our health is paramount.

What is a stay at home order? Below you’ll find a basic, simplified Q&A that walks you through what it means. Please note, this list is intended as a living document. We expect lots of questions and clarifications, so do not hesitate to contact us at info@peachtreecornersga.gov, or mmason@peachtreecornersga.gov with your questions. We’ll update the Q&A as things change.   

Most importantly, take this seriously. STAY HOME. We’ll be back to concerts on the Town Green before you know it.     

Stay-at-Home Q&A

Q: Does this mean I must stay inside my home/apartment all the time?

A: No, the Emergency Order directs everyone to stay in their place of residence unless they leave their homes for an essential activity.

Q: What are essential activities?

A: Essential activities include:

·        Grocery shopping (including restaurant takeout), picking up medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional or to obtain supplies needed to work from home, or to go to your place of work, only if it’s an essential business (which provides an essential activity).  

·        Outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, running, bicycling, and other physical activities, as long as you comply with the social distancing requirements (remain at least 6 feet apart from those other than your immediate family).

·        You may also leave to care for a family member or pet in another household.

Q: What is an essential business?

A: Essential businesses include:

·        Medical facilities, grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, veterinary clinics, pet supply, fresh meats, fish and poultry and any other household consumer projects such as cleaning and personal care products.

·        Restaurants that offer food only through delivery, takeout, or drive-thru. 

·        Establishments that sell alcoholic beverages can sell unopened bottles of liquor or wine, or new sealed growlers, curbside to takeout customers only.  

·        Businesses and other organizations that provide food, shelter and social services and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.

·        Banks and related financial institutions.

·        Hardware stores

·        Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, lawn service, cleaning services, and other service providers necessary to maintaining safety, sanitation and the essential operation of residences

·        Mailing and shipping services including post office boxes

·        Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers

·        Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home

·        Businesses that deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences,

·        Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation services providing transportation for essential activities

·        Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children

Q: What is essential travel? 

A: Any travel related to an essential activity, essential business or essential government functions. All other travel is restricted.

Q: Can businesses stay open as long as they comply with the 6-foot social distancing rule?

A: No, only essential businesses providing essential services may remain open.

Q: Can my children play with my neighbor’s children?

A: Only if they maintain the social distancing requirement of 6 feet.

Q: Can I socialize with my neighbors outdoors as long as we remain 6 feet apart?

A: Yes, but remember, this Local Emergency Order is necessary to protect the health and well-being of all who live and work in our city. This is temporary, we will get through this tough period, there will be plenty of opportunities to socialize if we all work together.

Q: Is the Town Green open? Can I take my family there?

A: Yes, the Town Green is open, however, the playground and restrooms will remain closed during the pandemic. Please remember to maintain the 6-foot social distance requirement.

Q: How long will this Emergency Order be in place?

A: This Emergency Order became effective at 12:01 a.m. on March 28, 2020 and will continue to be in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 12, 2020. It may be extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended by the Mayor and City Council.

Q: The Department of Public Health has ordered that certain higher-risk population remain quarantined or shelter in place for 14 days. Who are considered at higher risk?

A: Individuals 60 and older and those who are medically fragile such as those who are undergoing cancer treatments, have heart and lung conditions, asthma, and other serious health conditions that put them at risk if exposed to the coronavirus.

Q: Is it OK to attend drive-in church services? 

A: While we understand the desire of local churches to gather in worship, we encourage our churches to abide by local limits on social gatherings. Many of the large COVID-19 outbreaks occurring across our nation are directly linked to places of worship and similar social gatherings. The existing state of emergency prohibits gatherings of 10 or more people, which includes weddings, funerals, and church services. This would include a drive-in church scenario.    

Q: Does this Emergency Order include a curfew? 

A: No, this emergency order does not include a curfew.

Q: What is the best source for finding ways to protect me and my family during the pandemic?

A: Every day the Georgia Department of Health Services (DPH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Gwinnett County Health Department issue updated guidelines and information related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

These sources are the best place to get the facts and get your questions answered. The city urges all citizens to visit these websites on a regular basis. These are the health experts who have the expertise to provide the guidance you need to keep you and your family safe.

If you want regular updates delivered to you via email, the CDC offers a subscription to an e-newsletter that provides important COVID-19 updates. To subscribe visit the CDC website and select the link labeled “Sign up for emails from CDC” located near the bottom right side of the page or use this link: https://tools.cdc.gov/campaignproxyservice/subscriptions.aspx?topic_id=USCDC_2067

Q: Is there a phone number that I can call if I have questions about the coronavirus?

A: For health questions, please keep these important telephone numbers handy:

• Georgia Department of Public Health: 404-657-2700 (information); 24/7 Public Health Emergency Line: 1-866-782-4584)

• Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 1-800-232-4636 • Gwinnett County Health Department: 770-339-4260

• The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline: 1-844-442-2681

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City Council Meeting to take up new Townhomes, Nuisance Ordinance and Expansion of the Gateway85 CID



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The Peachtree Corners City Council will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 26 virtually via Cisco WebEx.  Details on how to join are included in the agenda. Below is a link to the agenda and packet.

Link to the AGENDA

Link to the full PACKET

Below is a portion of the agenda, click the link for the full current agenda:


  1. O2020-02-162 Second Read and Consideration of RZ2020-001, V2020-001 & PH2020-001 Governors Lake Townhomes. Request to rezone 28.454 acres from M-1 to R-TH
    with associated variances and to amend the Comprehensive Plan Character Area
    Map to change the subject property from Industrial Corridor and Employment
    Corridor to Village Residential to allow for a new townhome community along
    Governors Lake Parkway, Dist. 6, Land Lot 251, Peachtree Corners, GA.
  2. O2020-03-166 Second Read and Consideration of an Ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Peachtree Corners, Georgia to amend and adopt Chapter 42 (Nuisances), Article 4 (Noise), to provide for regulation of nose; to provide an effective date; and for other purposes.
  3. O2020-05-167 First Read and Consideration of an Ordinance of the City of Peachtree Corners, Georgia, adopting the amended fiscal year 2020 operating budget for each fund of the City of Peachtree Corners, Georgia. (Second read will be June 23, 2020)
  4. O2020-05-168 First Read and Consideration of an Ordinance of the City of Peachtree Corners, Georgia, adopting the fiscal year 2021 operating budget and capital improvement budget for each fund of the City of Peachtree Corners, Georgia.
    (Second read will be June 23, 2020)


  • R2020-05-133 Resolution of the City of Peachtree Corners consenting to expansion of the Gateway85 Community Improvement District (CID)
  • Action Item FY2021 Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Plan.

Please be advised that this meeting will be held via Cisco Webex.

To join the meeting by phone: Dial 415-655-0002 Access Code: 790 914 564.

If you choose this option, you will ONLY be able to hear the meeting and will not be able to
participate in any public comment.

To join the meeting by video: Use this link.

This will allow you to view and hear the meeting and be able to participate in the public comment
through the Q&A section. To activate the Q&A section, you will need to select the question icon
at the bottom of your screen and type in your public comment. Please make sure to type your name
and address prior to your comment. Your question will be read to the Mayor and Council by the Host.

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World’s First Self-Driving E-Scooters Launch in Peachtree Corners



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Teleoperated e-scooters will operate on public streets

In keeping with its long history of developing cutting-edge technologies, the city of Peachtree Corners announced the launch of a fleet of the world’s first teleoperated e-scooter to operate on public streets The e-scooters made their debut this week.

The city welcomed the opportunity to work with Tortoise and Go X, which combined forces to offer an e-scooter that has the ability, through the use of remote tele-operators, to reposition itself back to a safe parking spot – or to respond to a call (using the company’s app) for an e-scooter to be delivered right to a customer’s door. The e-scooters are repositioned by Tortoise’s remote teleoperators.

Peachtree Corners has been working with the two visionary companies to revolutionize e-scooter mobility for use in its city. The new technology solves two issues that have plagued the industry: 1) Finding a scooter – and 2) Returning scooters to a home base for safe parking, charging and cleaning.

The e-scooters make their debut in the city’s Technology Park Atlanta, a 500-acre existing technology park that is home to over 7,000 employees. The teleoperated e-scooters will be available for use by the general public and will operate on the city’s new 1.5-mile autonomous vehicle test track that runs alongside lanes used by the motoring public.

“We are excited to showcase this innovative technology,” said Mayor Mike Mason. “It’s another opportunity for the city to look beyond traditional transportation and seek innovative ways to improve mobility. We invite our citizens and the business community to see and experience this new technology.”

The initial pilot will run for six months and marks the first time ever that teleoperated e-scooters are deployed on public streets.

This is not the first time that the city has been the site of innovative transportation technologies. Last fall, Olli, the self-driving shuttle designed and built by Local Motors, began operating along the city’s 1.5-mile autonomous vehicle track. The test track is part of Curiosity Lab, the city’s living lab, which offers companies a facility to test emerging technologies in a real-world environment.

This latest venture into teleoperated e-scooters is part of the city’s drive to further expand its “smart city” technologies.

“An important goal for us was to ensure that residents can enjoy the convenience of using e-scooters, right here in Peachtree Corners,” said City Manager Brian Johnson. “As a reflection of our commitment to making cities smarter, we didn’t hesitate to partner with Tortoise to launch the first-ever fleet of self-driving e-scooters for public use. We are extremely pleased to be a partner in this innovative and world-changing technology.”

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Public Safety Cameras in Our City



Peachtree Corners Surveillance Cameras

Community safety is a top priority in our City; the City Council and I consider this is of utmost importance. Peachtree Corners is extremely fortunate to have the services of the Gwinnett County Police Department to patrol our neighborhoods and public areas.

However, we felt there was more the City could do to assist the GCPD in ensuring the safety of our citizens, our businesses and those visiting. You may have read in the news recently about Georgia Power’s program that offers cities a service to install cameras and license plate readers at strategic entry points. A number of surrounding cities have added public safety cameras through this program. The cameras record traffic movements and scan license plates.

We will begin implementing Georgia Powers’ program in the coming months. I am sure you have questions. Below is a series of Q&As which should address the majority of your queries. Please know, we are all available and happy to answer any additional questions you may have.

Editor’s Note: This Q&A was part of the city’s official news published in our April/May issue. Since publication we’ve learned that some of the cameras will be installed beginning in May but it will be August before all 15 are installed and working.

Q: Why is the City doing this? Has the crime rate risen in Peachtree Corners?

A: No. The cameras are designed to enhance GCPD’s crime-fighting capabilities. The City decided to add the video/license place recognition cameras as another step in ensuring everyone’s safety.

Q: How many cameras will be installed and where will these cameras be located?

A: With GCPD’s assistance, the city has identified 15 locations, which are all at major entry points into the City. The cameras will only capture activity in the public right of way. The locations were chosen based on factors such as traffic count and crime statistics.

Q: Will the cameras include recording activity in neighborhoods and other residential areas?

A: No, the cameras will only record activity on the selected 15 major access points. The purpose for these camera locations is to capture traffic on major thoroughfares coming in and out of our City. The accompanying map shows the locations where the cameras will be located.

Q: Will the City or residents have access to the video footage from the cameras? And how long is the video kept?

A: Only the GCPD will have access. The camera system retains video footage, which is stored in the cloud, for 30 days, after that new video footage replaces the oldest footage.

Q: Do the cameras simply record automobiles coming and going?

A: In addition to traffic activity, the cameras are equipped with License Plate Recognition (LPR) capabilities. The cameras will scan license plates and alert police if vehicles are flagged as stolen or of interest in a criminal investigation.

Q: Where are the cameras mounted?

A: The cameras and LPRs are mounted to utility poles and streetlights. They are high-speed, computer-controlled cameras that capture all license plate numbers that come into view, along with the location, date and time.

Q: How are the police notified? How does the LPR technology work?

A: The readers send an alert to officers’ laptops when a tag is read that may be connected to a stolen vehicle, car-jacking or other criminal activity.

Q: How much do these cameras cost? Did the City purchase them?

A: The cameras will be leased from Georgia Power for $285.00 per month per camera and Georgia Power will repair or replace any camera that isn’t working properly. This was a less expensive option over purchasing the equipment. Additionally, the lease agreement ensures the cameras will be maintained by the provider. The monthly cost includes the camera itself, electricity and cloud storage of data.

Q: When will the cameras be installed?

A: The City is coordinating with Georgia Power; the work is expected to be complete by late summer.

Q: Will additional cameras be added at a later time?

A: It’s possible, the GCPD will help in assessing whether additional cameras are needed.

Q: Can these cameras be installed at the entrance to my subdivision?

A: The City is working on a program that would allow subdivisions to request the cameras to be installed at the entrance. The subdivisions must meet certain criteria. Each neighborhood would be responsible for the cost of installing and the monthly/yearly cost of operation. We expect to have more information on this program in the near future.

Peachtree Corners has relatively low crime rates; however, we have state and county roads that run through our City carrying over 150,000 vehicles daily through our city limits. Adding an additional crime-fighting tool that the police can use makes our City that much safer.


Mike Mason, Mayor

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