From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — The usual hustle and bustle around the city of Trussville is calming as people across Jefferson County are told to avoid gathering in large groups.
On Monday, March 16, 2020, the county ordered restaurants to switch to take-out service only. For restaurant owners, there is concern about making enough money to pay employees. For servers in those restaurants, there are concerns about whether they will be able to make ends meet.
Over the past year, the city of Trussville has gained several new restaurants and Ferus Artisan Ales brewery. After the announcement Monday, the parking lots of restaurants in Trussville were left empty.
Leaders in the city of Trussville met Monday to talk about sick leave, exposure to coronavirus and all policies. Mayor Buddy Choat said, for now, there would be no change in policies.
Mayor Buddy Choat said he hopes everyone heeds the warning to stay away from others, in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
“I was a doubter at first, but after hearing the details, I know it’s going to get worse before it gets better,” said Choat.
The city has closed the Trussville Civic Center, the library, the gymnastics center and gym, ball fields, tennis center, playgrounds and the senior center. Operations are still underway at City Hall and Mayor Choat said all full-time employees are reporting to work as usual. Choat said he hopes the coronavirus passes quickly so everyone in Trussville can get back to school and work.
“It will affect our revenues, obviously, but they have to make tough decisions to try to get ahead of this thing,” Choat said.
The Trussville City Council will have a work session on Thursday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m. The order from the county prohibits gatherings with more than 25 people, so the number of people allowed in City Hall will be limited. The Trussville Tribune will stream the meeting live on Facebook.