Officers were at several areas popular with vendors shortly after 6:30 a.m. Thursday to enforce the ban, police said. Those sites included the Five Points area near a main commuter train station; Woodruff Park and areas around Turner Field.
The action was prompted by a December court decision involving Atlanta city ordinances on vending, police said.
The timing of Thursday’s pre-dawn police action was based on several factors, including the scheduling of several upcoming major events in the city, police said in a statement. Atlanta hosts the final games of college basketball’s marquee tournament, along with concerts and related events, April 5-8.
Police said they would “respectfully” inform vendors that selling or displaying goods on city sidewalks is no longer allowed and that doing so would be violating the law.
“We expect compliance with the city’s ordinance, but are prepared to make arrests, if necessary,” Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said in the statement.