Georgia Communities Implement Curfews To Keep People Indoors
Several cities and counties in Georgia have put curfews in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Near Atlanta, those cities include Tucker, College Park and South Fulton.
The city of Milledgeville, as well as Sumter, Baldwin, and Laurens counties have also enacted curfews, which closes establishments and limits travel in the evening, except for people working, getting supplies or seeking medical aid.
#BREAKING To prevent the #coronavirus, @COSFGA implements a nightly curfew, 9PM to 7AM, excluding medical, emergency, and essential city personnel. Public gatherings also limited to 10 people. Businesses, except for medical and pharmaceutical, must close by 9PM. #fox5atl pic.twitter.com/Z0ivJQkpKE— Tiffany Griffith (@Fox5Tiffany) March 18, 2020
South Fulton City Manager Odie Donald II said his city couldn't wait for a statewide mandate from Gov. Brian Kemp.
“While I have great confidence in the governor’s approach, we’re not waiting on his decision to protect our folks,” Donald told GPB News.
The curfew orders vary by location, but most are in place from 9 or 10 p.m. until 6 or 7 a.m.
Although people could face a fine or misdemeanor for violating the order, Donald said South Fulton law enforcement will work to educate rather than penalize offenders.
Kemp, who ordered all schools to close last week, has not yet issued a statewide "stay at home" order like several other states and local governments have already done.
Athens-Clarke and Doughtery counties are under a "shelter in place" order until April 7.