Madison County now under curfew order

Commissioners extend leave benefits for county employees

Posted 4/15/20

As part of efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, Madison County is now under a curfew order, prohibiting most travel in the county from 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day, County Judge Tony Leago told commissioners Monday at their regularly scheduled meeting.

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Madison County now under curfew order

Commissioners extend leave benefits for county employees

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As part of efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, Madison County is now under a curfew order, prohibiting most travel in the county from 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day, County Judge Tony Leago told commissioners Monday at their regularly scheduled meeting.

Violators of the curfew face a $1,000 fine or up to 180 days in county jail.

The order exempts those traveling to or from a place of employment, assisting with emergency operations at the request of the Emergency Management Coordinator Shelly Butts or her designee, traveling through the county, or those otherwise unable to comply due to an emergency necessity.

“In addition, this order shall not apply to a licensed food establishment providing food and other consumables to others, a facility approved by the County Judge providing food and other consumables as part of the pandemic relief effort, or individuals who are travelling to and from a licensed food establishment or approved disaster relief facility to obtain food or other consumables and any other establishments that provides food and other emergency relief supplies,” Leago’s order reads.

Madison County Commissioners, adjusting to changing conditions regarding the pandemic, extended county worker benefits Monday in regard to paid administrative leave, extending emergency pay to up to May 18. Commissioners had previously amended the county’s employee handbook to include up to 10 days of emergency pay for Madison County employees, both full-time and part-time, who miss work due to the novel coronavirus.

As social distancing and other measures to control the spread of the virus remain in place longer than expected, the measure became insufficient, according to Tony Leago.

“The long and short of it, (10 days) is inadequate,” Leago said. “It’s going to be 30 days before we know what the next 30 days are going to look like.”

Monday’s meeting, like the one on March 23, was mostly accessible via online streaming systems due to social distancing orders.

Commissioners also added another 30 days to the current Declaration of Local Disaster, setting the new expiration for the declaration to May 18 before tying the administrative leave measure to it.

“I don’t think there’s one employee, employee of the county, who would take advantage of this,” Leago told commissioners.

In other actions Monday, commissioners reappointed Mary H. Morrow as the county’s local health authority and agreed to seek a $421,046 grant to defer part of the county’s share of state transportation projects.

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