Georgia County and City Ordinances in place

Social Distancing is a must in the fight against Covid-19 and some cities and counties have had to implement more strict guidelines to get people to adhere. I hope the guide below will help you.

What is the difference between Shelter In Place and Stay at Home ordinance?

Shelter In Place : All individuals currently living within the jurisdiction shall remain at their place of residence. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence. All individuals may leave their residences only for: 

a. Essential Activities

b. Essential Governmental Functions

c. To operate Essential Businesses.

NOTE: If you violate the Shelter In Place Order you could get a $1000 fine and up to a year in Jail!

Stay At Home : Restricted movements ordering residents to stay home except for essential tasks or going to work in essential businesses.

Here is a list of Counties Ordinances as of this writing:

Barrow County - Stay At Home Order

See more on the county website

Bartow County

Bartow County officials temporarily suspended all non-essential functions and recreational activities until further notice. Read more here.

Butts County

Butts County signed an amended local state of emergency declaration which bans any public gathering of more than 10 people, forces all restaurants to close their dining rooms and all bars and clubs should be closed. Read more here.

Carroll County - Shelter In Place Order

 Read more here.

Cherokee County - Shelter In Place Order

Read more here

Clarke County - Shelter In Place Order

county's website

Clayton County - Shelter In Place Order

Read more here.

Cobb County - Shelter In Place Order

 Get more details here.

Coweta County 

The Coweta County Board of Commissioners has declared a local state of emergency, until noon on Wednesday, April 8.

Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. They are asking residents to consider voluntarily sheltering at home. Nothing in the ordinance prohibits “essential business.”

Dine-in services at restaurants are banned, but delivery and takeout is allowed. Gyms, fitness centers, pools, and some other facilities must close. Find out more about the declaration here.

Dawson County 

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners approved an emergency resolution on March 19. 

The resolution establishes provisions to govern the operation of the county during the pandemic. Get updates from the county on its website.

DeKalb County - Shelter In Place Order

Read more here. 

Douglas County 

Implemented an emergency ordinance from the county's board of health until April 10. 

All businesses are allowed to function,subject to public health best practices. Non-essential businesses can operate from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. Non-essential businesses are allowed to restock and handle logistics post hours.

Essential businesses are exempt from any time requirements but are encouraged to use best health practices. Get more details on the county's website to find out what is allowed.

Fayette County 

Read more here.

Forsyth County - Stay In Place Order

Get more details here.

Fulton County - Shelter In Place Order

 Read more here.

Gilmer County - Shelter In Place Order

Gwinnett County Stay At Home Order

On March 27, Gwinnett County and the 16 cities within the county announced they are issuing stay-at-home orders for their respective jurisdictions as a means to protect the health, safety and welfare of Gwinnett County residents. 

Details will be updated on the county website. 

Hall County 

The Hall County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution to close all in-person dining and patio dining at bars and restaurants located in unincorporated Hall County beginning 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 25. Get details here. 

Haralson County

Haralson County officials have restricted access to public county and buildings and facilities. This went into effect on Monday, March 16. Get additional details online.

Heard County

Heard County officials have declared a local state of emergency that went into effect on March 25, at 8 a.m. Read more about the declaration here.

Henry County

Beginning Monday, March 16, all Henry County Government Buildings including Rec Centers and the Recycling Center, will be closed. Visit the county website for details.

Jackson County

Jackson County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tom Crow signed an order March 18, 2020 declaring a Local Emergency due to the Coronavirus(COVID-19) outbreak. For more, visit the county's website

Jasper County

Jasper County officials declared a state of emergency, which goes into effect on Thursday, March 26 at 5 p.m. This is expected to last until noon on Monday, April 6. Dine-in serves are suspended at restaurants but delivery and takeout is allowed.

A curfew will be imposed during the state of emergency from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Residents are asked to remain home during the curfew hours. Essential services are allowed during curfew hours. Get more information here.

Lamar County

The Lamar County Board of Commissioners declared a public health state of emergency on Wednesday, March 25, which will remain in effect until noon on April 6. Public gatherings on county property are banned. Gatherings of more than 10 people outside of a household are prohibited.

Gyms, fitness centers, social clubs, and other amusement facilities are closed. Businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential businesses remain open. Get more details here.

Meriwether County

Meriwether County officials issued that state of emergency that went into effect at 5 p.m. on March 24. This will be in place until further notice.

Some businesses have closed. Restaurants are not allowed to offer dine-in services. Takeout and delivery are still allowed. Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.

A curfew is imposed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. However, those engaged in “essential services" are allowed. Exceptions are allowed for travel to and from home to work, or in the event of an emergency. See the full list of what is permitted here.

An additional curfew was established for school children of the Meriwether County Public School System. Read about it here.

Morgan County

As of March 19, all Morgan County Government Offices are closed to the public until further notice. Get more information on the county website.

Oconee County

The Oconee County Board of Commissioners has issued a Local Emergency Order under the Emergency Management Ordinance, in accordance with Governor’s Kemp’s executive order, which remains in effect through April 6. The Oconee County Emergency Order will take effect at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 26, and remain in effect until Monday, April 6, at noon. To see full restrictions with the order, visit the county website.

Oglethorpe County

As of right now, all county departments are operating in such a manner as to minimize the interaction between employees and the public, they said on the county website. They've requested citizens call ahead and make use of web resources and emails as much as possible.  

Paulding County

The County declared a state of emergency effective March 26. It will be in place through the end of the state's Public Health Emergency.

Under the ordinance, any person showing symptoms of COVID-19 is not to enter any public building, all county parks are closed, utilities are not to be disconnected for non-payment, all restaurants are to operate solely by delivery or take-out only, gyms and other fitness centers are closed and no more than 10 people are allowed inside establishments to maintain social distancing guidelines. For more guidance, visit the county website

Pickens County

An emergency declaration is effective through April 7 at 11:59 p.m. where all citizens are to shelter-in-place and asked to avoid all nonessential outings and stay indoors as much as possible. Get updates on the county website. 

Pike County

Pike County officials suspended public access to county offices, which started on March 20. This will remain in place until further notice. Get more details on the count website.

Polk County

Effective Monday March 16, 2020, as a precaution, and to limit exposure from person to person contact, Polk County Government will restrict public access to public County buildings and facilities. They have also issued a state of emergency. To see the full details, visit the county website.

Newton County

Newton County closed all non-essential government offices beginning 8 a.m. March 20 and they will reopen no earlier than April 13. The county has several other measures in place. See them here.

Rockdale County Shelter In Place Order

Get details here.

Paulding County

Paulding County has closed its administrative building to the public through April 3. County services are still available. Their public meetings have been canceled. County park entrances are closed. Get more information on the county’s website.

Troup County

The Troup County Board of Commissioners declared a local state of emergency For more, visit the county's website.

Walton County

Walton County Government declared a local state of emergency

All community centers, including Criswell Park, Felker Park, Meridian Park, Nowell Gym, and South Walton Park, will also remain closed. Read more here.

White County 

White County Board of Commissioners issued a local state of emergency. 

State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline

If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility. Hotline:(844) 442-2681

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