Commission passes alcohol ordinance change: Athens’ bars will close earlier

Last call at 9

Bars in Athens will close at 10 o’clock starting tonight: last call will come at 9 after last night’s vote from Athens-Clarke County Commissioners, who say the move is meant to slow the spread of coronavirus in Athens.

Update: Judge Norris has granted a temporary restraining order, allowing bars to remain open at normal operation hours, according to attorney Morris Wiltshire. Mask provisions will remain consistent with state law pending further order of the Court. A hearing is scheduled for next Thursday, but lawyer will attempt to mediate before then.

The Georgia Department of Public Health says there have been another 490 confirmed cases of coronavirus over the past two weeks in Athens, bringing the total since March to almost 1,600, with now 16 deaths from COVID 19 in Clarke County. Oconee County has had 15 deaths, with another 103 cases over the past two weeks for a total of 368 since the outbreak of the pandemic in Oconee County.

The state Department of Public Health says Georgia added another 4,000 cases and 30 deaths from coronavirus over the past 24 hours: the statewide death toll now stands at more than 3,600, with now more than 182,000 cases of COVID 19 since tracking began five months ago.

There's good news and bad news on the economy in Georgia. The state saw a steep drop in the number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week. The U-S Labor Department says Georgians filed 84,000 claims, a drop of around 37,000 from the week before. The bad news: a surge in COVID cases that threatens to pump the brakes on economic recovery.

He was a former executive with the Federal Reserve, a Republican presidential candidate, and a radio talk show host in Atlanta: Herman Cain has died with complications from coronavirus. Herman Cain was 74 years old.

Tim Bryant

Tim Bryant hosts Classic City Today, 6-10 weekday mornings on 98.7FM & AM 1340 WGAU in Athens.

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