Two Phenix City city employees arrested for violating “Shelter in Place” order

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PHENIX CITY, Ala. (WRBL) – Phenix City Police has arrested two city employees who violated the Shelter in Place” emergency action put into place by Governor Ivey, conditions that arose from the Pandemic, related to the COVID-19 virus.

Police say the two employees, 26-year-old Quadarius D. Woods and 35-year-old Tjai D. Bryant, opened the C-Club gym in Phenix City and participated in an unsanctioned sporting event at a city-owned facility, which is in violation of city policy, directives, and in violation of the emergency act employed by Governor Kay Ivey.

The two employees violated the mandatory guide for any activity that multiple persons
participate in by:

More than 10 people present in the same place and not maintaining a six-foot distance between persons. Two Alabama Codes gives authority to the Alabama Department of Public Health to regulate activity (social distancing for COVID-19) which authorizes the State Health Officer to regulate conditions in public places be lessened. This action of the temporary health order closes certain venues, athletic facilities that have: Sports that involve interaction with another person of closer than six fee and activities that require use of shared sporting apparatus and equipment.

The City of Phenix City had put additional guidelines in for their employees, that stressed the
importance of following these directives for the safety of the citizens of Phenix City, and its
employees.

“While some restraint is advisable, if a violator has been made aware of the state health order
and the refusal to comply presents a threat to public health and safety, Alabama code 22-2-14
provides that knowingly violating or refusing to obey or comply with this order is a class C
misdemeanor.”

The two city employees will be cited under this provision (22-2-14), and the case remanded to District Court for adjudication.

The actions of the individuals involved is a violation of policy and law, which could result in the termination of their employment with the city. The investigation into the violation of policy by the employees is a separate inquiry.

Bryant and Woods will be cited for the health code violation set forth by the state of Alabama.

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